5 Photography Basics Every Blogger Should Know

Happy Photography Day! For today’s post, I’d like to share my knowledge and tips on how to improve the quality of your blog and social media photos. First off, I am nowhere near a professional photographer. I am just an amateur who’s been shooting for about a decade and has only taken one basic photography class. I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned over the years. I’ve also found a bunch of great cheat sheets that you can use. Now let’s get back to the basics! Here are 5 photography basics every blogger should know.

5 Photography Basics Every Blogger Should Know

5 Photography Basics Every Blogger Should Know

1) Composition

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Composition is the placement and arrangement of subjects in your work of art. It is a very basic concept taught all across art classes. Ideally, you want the viewer to have their eyes travel across your work and notice new things every time. To do this, avoid placing the subject in the dead center. Instead, follow the Rule of Thirds. I do this by leaving the grid guides on and shift my camera to the side so that the subject is off center. There are more parts to composition but since the Rule of Thirds is so basic and I use it every time, it was worth mentioning.

2) Exposure

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Photography literally means “the study of light.” It is the way you play with light and make it work to your needs. Ideally, you want to keep your light meter at 0. Increasing the number adds more light and decreasing the number adds more darkness. Unless I really need to, I don’t adjust my exposure. Exposure is also controlled by three other things (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO), which I will continue to discuss.

3) Aperture

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Aperture is the opening of the lens and it controls how much light you let in. A wider aperture lets more light in while a smaller aperture lets less light in. But don’t get the numbers confused — a smaller f-stop number means a wider depth of field and a larger f-stop number means a narrower depth of field.

4) Shutter Speed

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Shutter speed is a bit self-explanatory; it controls the speed of your shutter. In basic terms, it determines how fast you take your pictures. Shutter speed is measured by fractions of seconds. The larger the denominator, the faster the shutter speed. The smaller the denominator, the slower the shutter speed — which is great for blurred action shots!

5) ISO

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ISO controls the camera’s sensitivity to light. A lower ISO means the camera is less sensitive to light while a higher ISO means it’s more sensitive to light. Although a higher ISO can help with shooting pictures in lower light settings, your photo can come out grainy. You just have to play around with your settings to get the right quality you want.

There is sooo much more to photography but I feel like these 5 concepts were the most important ones. I hope you found these cheat sheets really helpful because I still refer to them sometimes.

How do you make your pictures look better?

Let me know in the comments!

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Valerie Nguyen

Valerie. 26. California girl with insatiable wanderlust. BS in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health. Bookkeeper by day, fangirl by night. Shameless foodie and retail therapist.

11 thoughts on “5 Photography Basics Every Blogger Should Know

    1. It’s usually for when you’re shooting in manual mode. I know a lot of it is confusing but the more you play around with your camera, the more you learn what works best for you. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

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  1. I really enjoyed this post! I had no idea what things like aperture and ISO even meant so this post was super informative for beginners like me. Thank you for teaching me some new things 🙂 I’ll definitely have to keep this info in mind the next time I’m using my camera! Btw, how do you like your nikon? When it first came out, I wanted to purchase, but heard a lot of mixed reviews so I didn’t end up getting it.

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    1. I know it may be a little confusing at first but I’m glad you found this post very helpful!

      I love my Nikon! I think it’s a great camera for beginners. It’s not just a point-and-shoot and it’s not exactly a DSLR. It’s a hybrid and you can change the lens. It does everything I need a camera to do and the quality is great. I got it for Christmas a few years back and I’m still learning new things!

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

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  2. Yay thanks for this post Valerie!
    hehe you basically did all the research for us new photographers. I always have trouble with shutter speed, so the graphic was really easy… I think I might save it to my computer!

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