To Be Or Not To Be Skilled?

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That is the question.

Basically, there is not much difference between using a digital camera and a film camera. In fact, most experts believe that using a digital camera actually spoils the photographer, making everything so easy for him. Still, there are many who remain daunted by the prospects of using a digital camera especially when their training came from manual film photography.

There are a number of skills that are relevant to digital photography.

Computer skills

Digital photography involves dealing with computers. In fact, operating the digital camera is like operating a small computer. There are functions that are actually similar to the computer like formatting and delete and a whole lot of other things. You need to be familiar with the functions in order to be able to maximize the digital camera.

In addition, you also need to be really familiar with computer when storing your picture files and adjusting your photos. With this, you need to be able to perform computer tasks such as cutting, pasting, copying, renaming and opening and closing of files and folders.

There are a number of good books that provide tutorials that will enhance computer skills as well as teach you some of the basics in using the computer with regards to photography.┬áIf you have taken my classes you know that I speak highly about any of Scott Kelby’s Books. One day soon I will also be referring you to my own books for reference.

Knowledge in graphic programs

You can actually adjust photos and create a whole lot of effects with the use of graphic programs such as Photoshop. You can change the size of the photo, alter the pixels and even change the format into different file types. One good thing with digital cameras is the fact that you can actually alter the pictures taken before printing it.

With the use of these programs, one can erase flaws, sharpen some features of the photo, blur the background and even transfer one photo into another. If one is really good, you can even create one new photo by cutting different elements in various photos and put them all together.

Working knowledge with the various functions of the camera

As mentioned before, working with a digital camera is similar to working with a small computer. In order to maximize the digital camera, you need to master the functions including adjusting the various levels such as the shutter speed, the brightness, the contrast.

 

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