If you have never taken the time to get into photography, it can seem intimidating at first. There is so much information available on photography that it is easy to get overwhelmed. Below are some tips to assist you in getting all of this information organized to where you can start taking better photos.
To shoot better photographs, try to stand closer to what you are framing in your shot. Moving in closer allows you to frame your subject, and avoids disruptive backgrounds. If you are taking a portrait, getting closer allows you to notice facial expressions and other details. The intricacy of portraiture can be lost entirely if you keep your distance from the subject.
Play around with shutter speeds to find out what kind of effects you can achieve. Photography allows you to capture a split-second moment and to blur together large time periods. Traditionally, fast shutter speed is used for motion while a slower speed is used for still scenes.
Keep your camera settings simple. Learn how to use your camera one feature at a time. Learn each one completely before moving on. This will enable you get the image that you want, when you want it, instead of losing time having to fumble with the settings.
One way to improve your own photography skills is to get inspiration by studying the work of other photographers. When you spend time looking at other photographers’ work, you will be able to see many different ways to capture an image.
Protect your camera equipment while traveling. Packing it in a carry on may be your best option. Be sure to take all of the lenses that you will need, as well as spare batteries, a tripod, extra memory cards, and any cleaning accessories. Don’t take 50 lenses when five will do, as this could bog you down when trying to carry your camera equipment from place to place.
While holding onto the camera, your arms should be closely beside the body. Hands should be beside and under the camera. Holding the camera in this way, you will reduce camera shake and make shots that are in clear focus. If you put your hands underneath your camera, you will not drop it as easily.
Shoot photographs of things that capture your interest. While they may not seem that important at the time, when you get home and start to reflect on your trip, having these smaller memories will be great. Think about taking pictures of stores, coins, bus tickets or street signs for example.
When deciding which of your pictures to show or put on display, choose the absolute best shots you have. Avoid showing every photo you have taken of a particular subject. Your audience does not get as much out of each picture, and can become quickly bored from seeing the same photo subject matter over and over. Keep it fresh, and show different aspects of your photography.
Make your subject feel comfortable, especially if you don’t know them. Many people feel threatened when a stranger starts photographing them. So be nice, initiate a conversation, then ask them if you could take their picture. Let them understand that photography is not a way of invading their privacy, but it is rather an art.
Move and look at your subject from different angles. Try interesting angles such as shooting from above, underneath, moving from side to side of the subject, or holding the camera at waist level.
When composing a shot, keep in mind the artistic axiom “less is more.” You should never have tons of clutter or other elements in your shots. There is lots of beauty in the simplest of art forms, so make your shots simple!
If taking photos with fluorescent lighting as the only available light source, adjust the cameras white balance to the proper settings. If you don’t compensate for the missing red tones, photographs taken under fluorescent lighting will end up with a cooler tone caused by the bluish-green light.
To make photos look more distinctive, play a bit with with perspective, scale, and expectations. You can make an every day object look creative if you put it somewhere that will make it look a different size than it really is. Take everyday objects out of the mundane by composing them in your shots in an unusual way.
A principle of good composition you should learn is to limit the subject matter in a picture. Why would you want to clutter your shots? When photographing people, try to take shots that your subjects aren’t aware of.
When shooting pictures of a landscape, ensure any shot you take has three focal points. A good landscape has interesting content in the foreground, in the background, and also in between the two, in the mid-ground. These are fundamentals of photography as well as many other art forms.
As a learning exercise, set restrictions that force you to find creative solutions. For instance, make a goal to only photograph images that represent one concept, such as “red.” You might try shooting 100 photos from a particular viewpoint or inside the same room. By limiting yourself to a small area and view, you will find yourself thinking outside of the box and coming up with more creative photos.
Have you ever needed to take photos of subjects that were rained on? You can make this effect yourself by taking a spray bottle and “misting” some rain on your subject prior to photographing.
Try to use some natural lighting. The ideal lighting for outside photos is provided by the sun when it is low on the horizon. If the sun is too high, you will have a hard time getting rid of shadows, and your subject might be bothered by the light. Use strong sunlight best by positioning your subject so that the sun falls on them from the side.
For an interesting photograph, play around with the focus. If you wish to have the main focus on the subject or object without having the background overtake it, then think about using a smaller f-stop number, otherwise known as a depth of field technique. This is a good choice for portraits, since the subject of your shot will be nearer to the camera. In contrast, using a larger depth of field (high f-stop value) puts the whole frame into focus. This works well to photograph landscape.
Many people believe that it’s good to wear white in photos; however, this is not true. Most photographs will use the auto-focus setting and let the camera interpret what is in the frame. White will register as an abundance of available light and cause an overexposed appearance in photos.
By now, you should have learned a few new ideas to try out during your next session. Even if you are a seasoned professional, it never hurts to try something new to hone your craft. These proven techniques will aid greatly in reaching your goals of success in the field of photography.
Change the angle at which you take your photographs to make the composition more unique. The straight-on point of view can be effective, but is all too common. Try looking at things from above, or look at them from below. Another angle is to shoot from the side for an interesting composition.