Photography skill sets can be categorised under two main headings, mechanics which involves the technical knowledge required to take photos including post-processing, and composition which involves the individual’s interpretation of a specific image through the application of mechanics. It is not just a matter of buying a DSL camera, turning the auto shoot mode on and start shooting away as some may think, but actually an art form.
Mechanics & Composition
All photographers require at the least a basic grasp of camera mechanics and how different settings affect the final image. This includes knowledge on a number of photography concepts like depth of field, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, metering, dynamic range and more. Then comes the artsy part of the equation which involves composition and in general the way the photographer arranges everything in his frame.