Photography 101 Back to Basics is a series of posts I’ve wanted to do for some time.

The fact is, as soon as people learn I’m a photographer the next words out of their mouths almost always begin with the words, “I wish…”

  • “I wish I knew how to use my digital camera.”
  • “I wish my photos looked like the ones I see in magazines.”
  • “I wish my photos weren’t so blurry or dark or light or crooked or _________.”
  • “I wish my photos were more colorful, more creative, more professional, more _________.”
  • “I wish I could take just one decent picture.”

Each of these comments is merely a variation on a similar theme involving some photography basics. Whether you’re a professional photographer, a photography enthusiast, or simply own a camera, we all play by the same basic photography principles.

For the next twelve months, I will address twelve photography basics – one a month – in addition to my other biweekly posts. Together we’ll tackle such basics as exposure modes, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, composition, lighting, depth of field, focus, lenses, flash, and post processing.

I have three goals for this series of posts.

First, I hope these basic photography principles will become second nature for you. Becoming comfortable interacting with such basics as ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, will free you to focus on developing your individual style and perspective. No two of us sees the world in exactly the same way. I want your uniqueness to shine through in the photographs you make.

Second, I hope you will ask questions, leave comments, and engage. In addition to using Beaufort Photography Co. for your special photography needs (weddings, engagements, lifestyle portraits, life events, etc.), please use us as a photography resource.

Third, I hope you will take the next step in your photography, whatever that may be. I hope you’ll invest a few minutes each month to learn or fine tune your photography skills by adding these basic principles and tools to your photography quiver.

Photography 101 Back to Basics