Individuals who know little to nothing about the device they use are nothing more than people who see photography as a hobby and nothing more. Even amateur photographers know something about the tool they use. They also know that becoming a pro is hard and knowing about every aspect of that work is what makes a pro.
Things about the camera any amateur should know
Almost every beginner will learn something about exposure. The problem is that knowing about exposure means little because they forget to learn about the camera and how it reacts to the light.
A metering mode is there to allow you to change the way the camera will catch the scene. Taking a picture with metering mode will result in a different outcome from taking the same image with an evaluating mode. If you want to be a photographer, then you should test the metering mode and see what kind of differences it makes.
If you know little about exposure and light, then the majority of your pictures will have an uneven exposure. This is fine as long as you are not trying to sell your photos or work for a photography studio. And, you won’t be able to spot the different exposure in a picture if you own an LCD screen due to its brightness as well as susceptibility to the light.
Other aspects of the camera you should know about
Every camera has various shooting modes that the photographer can use to take pictures whose quality will be superior due to the clever use of the available light. Amateurs like to use automatic shooting mode settings because they are told that the manual mode isn’t practical. The truth is that the manual way is perfect for professionals because they know which style to use on which occasion.
The depth of field is essential in creation excellent pictures. Low environmental light forces the camera (and a photographer who tunes the settings manually) to allow more light to enter the camera through exposure which reduces the depth of field and that can ruin the image.
A creative photographer makes various uses of high exposure with the low depth of field. On the other hand, an amateur can ruin every picture they take if they fiddle with wide exposure. One thing is sure; some styles of photography can make use of the wide exposure, while others can’t. For example, landscape photography needs narrow exposure to keep the focus on all elements within the picture, both those that are near and those that are far.
These several aspects of the camera aren’t the only things that will determine whether you will take good pictures or not. Read more about the camera and its elements to get better at being a photographer.