How To Take Good Photos With DSLR [Beginners Guideline]

The most common question I received from so many novices is How to take good photos with my DSLR? When you get your first DSLR in your hand and you know nothing about DSLR than such kind of common question must arise in your mind.

So if you are a novice and you know nothing about How to use DSLR than this post is for you. I designed this post for newcomers in photography. I suggest you 10 exclusive step that can improve your photography level.

Read your Camera manual

Camera manual is the things which help you how to operate a camera. Most of the beginners don’t interested to read the camera manual. Because reading is always boring for us. But trust me if you read the camera manual very carefully than learning photography will be very easy for you.

Sometimes you may face difficulties to understood some photography terms at that time you can use google. So before going out for photography, you should read your camera manual very carefully.

Understanding exposure triangle

Exposure triangle is a component of three elements ISO, Aperture and shutter speed. One should know this three elements and effect of them in photos. Controlling this three elements in manually is important for good photos.

ISO  Basically refers to how sensitive your camera’s sensor is to light. If you increase the value of ISO your photos will grow brighter.

Aperture is a function of lenses. If the ISO is related to light sensitivity, the aperture is all about controlling the amount of light that gets to the digital sensor of your camera.

Shutter Speed Every time you press the shutter button, a window that opens and closes is found in front of your camera’s sensor. Shutter determine how much light enters in the sensor of your camera.

Controlling exposure triangle manually is one of the major components of taking good photos with your DSLR.

Learn about metering

In photography, metering determines the exposure. That means In photography, the process of measuring light is called metering. Actually, metering is all about how you will control the exposure triangle perfectly.

If there are no small lines to the left or right of the center line, the camera agrees with the settings you selected and is telling you that the image will be properly exposed.  See the image below.


If small lines appear to the left of the center line, or towards the – sign, the camera’s internal light meter is reading that your image will be underexposed.

If small lines appear to the right of the center line, or towards the + sign, the internal light meter is reading that your image will be overexposed.

To take a good photo in your DSLR you always keep your metering in the center.

Learn about focusing

it’s practically married to sharpness. An image that is completely sharp is said to be in-focus. An image that’s completely blurry is said to be unfocused.

Focusing on digital photography depends on aperture value. In terms of actual camera settings, larger f-numbers correspond to smaller apertures. At F22, the depth of field (or focus range) is much larger than at F4. So to focus single subject you should smaller the f-numbers.

To take good portrait f-number should be smaller and to take landscape photos f-number should be larger.

Get your subject in the right place

To take random photos is not photography. What types of photos you want to take you have to know it. The most important thing in photography is subject. The thing which you represents in your frame is subject. So one should place one’s subject in right place to get a good photo.

In wildlife and portrait photography placing subject is important.

Learn how to get good frame

Framing is magic in digital photography. You have a nice subject with beautiful light but you don’t know about framing. Then you will never get good photos. To learn to frame you have to know some basic rules in photography.

The most magical rules photography is rules of third.

Sometimes a normal photo can give you huge view only for following rules in those photos. Here are some basic rules:

  1. Rule of third
  2. Fill the frame
  3. Follow leading line
  4. Keep Horizons Straight

Use natural light

Photography is really all about light. It’s worth taking the time to understand how light really works. In daylight shoot no need to use build in flash or external flash. But in the night or low light portrait photography, you should consider external flashlight.

Keep your lens clean

When using your camera, you didn’t allow dust or smudges on your camera. The lens of your camera is the window of your images. So if the lens gets dust your image quality must be decreased. Most of the novice photographer face some difficulties when they tried to clean their camera’s lens. Keep your lenses clean.

Know the use of different types of lens

All we already know there are a variety of lenses. We are not used to using different lenses at a time. But we need to know the different uses of lenses. Different types of lenses have different features. You never take the same picture with prime lenses and wide angle lenses. Because we use wide angle lenses for taking good landscape. But in prime lenses, we take a portrait, street etc photos.

On the other hand, telephoto lenses use for sports and wildlife photography. So to take good photos you need to know the uses of different types of lenses.

Take photos daily

you never be a good photographer with the limited click. If you wanna be a good photographer then you have to take photos on a daily routine basis. Never stop clicking. Maybe all of your photos never satisfy you but it improves the opportunity to be a good photographer.

Over To You

If one loves photography he/she must expend his/her time with it. One shou8ld keep patience to learn photography. You never learn everything in a day. Follow our articles hope you learn photography in short period of time. Happy clicking.


Sharif Mishu

Hi, I am Sharif Mishu from Bangladesh. I am a freelance photographer. I've been in photography since 2010. I got my first DSLR in 2013. Since then I learned many things about photography from my friends, senior, and junior. But the internet was the place that taught me the basics of photography. Here at, I'll be sharing useful photography tips.