Pretty much everyone enjoys taking pictures. It is generally because those photographers know more tricks of the trade than the average joe blow, and they pour masses of effort into their shots. Keep reading for a selection of insights and ideas that are commonly used by successful photographers.
It’s a common misconception that sun-splashed days are the best for pictures, but you can ruin photos if you take them out in the sun. It can create uneven highlights, awkward shadows and cause subjects to squint. Always pick early morning or later in the evening to take photos outside.
Use people as subjects for your photos. Get permission first. These photos will bring back memories from when you travel, even though the subjects of the photographs weren’t people who would normally stand out in a crowd. Aim for shots of casual candidness.
Move closer to your subject when you are taking the photograph. Photos taken from far away don’t tend to be all that interesting because details or colors are too small to see. Get closer and make it easy to see what you are taking a photo of.
Taking photos with a like-minded photographer or joining a photography group are both ideas to consider. You can learn from other people, as long as you don’t allow their style to influence your work. Look closely at the photographs that you took while out with another photographer, and examine how the same subject can be seen differently by different people.
When trying to compose your photos artistically, less really is more. A photo does not need to be overly cluttered. Simplicity is the way to go, so keep the shots as simple as possible.
As people, we are always looking for the balance in life. We want things to be centered. While symmetry and perfection are things people look for, try and take pictures of your subject off center. Turn off the auto-focus so that your camera doesn’t lock its focus onto the center of your shot. Use manual focus and then lock prior to clicking your photo.
Prior to shooting a large event, warm up your skills by catching glimpses of small details. A makeup bag or bouquet of flowers often make a dramatic, romantic statement, and make for an accessible subject to start with. It also allows you to catch a few hidden gems of details that might be overlooked when the event is finally underway.
Ordinarily, the subject makes “eye contact” with the lens of the camera. If you want to make your photos a little more interesting, have your subject fix his gaze on an object outside the camera’s field of view. Alternatively, getting the subject to concentrate their gaze on something else in the shot, rather than the camera, can also give good results.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not a good idea to wear white for a photo. Most cameras are set to auto focus, which means that the camera will try to get a “reading” which takes into account all the shades and nuances present in the range of the photograph. Because of this, white items of clothing are too pale and don’t photograph well.
For an interesting photograph, play around with the focus. Using a smaller depth of field, otherwise known as an f-stop, will allow you to keep the background blurry and the subject in clear focus. This is a good choice for portraits, since the subject of your shot will be nearer to the camera. You can get a greater depth-of-field using a larger f-stop so that everything can be shot in focus. This works great for landscape shots.
To take the best photographs ensure that you have focused directly on your subject. Keep that camera focused to ensure you maintain good composition in your photos. Especially when you are starting out, try to keep your main subject centered and in view. Don’t worry about the background.
Take a silhouette shot. The easiest technique is to use a sunset, but there are other creative methods. If the background of your photograph is brighter than the main subject, you may get a silhouette. You can establish artificial light in the background or position your subject before a source of light, such as a window, if you want to create a silhouette image. Always remember that many people consider the outline of their body to be unflattering, so don’t focus on that unless it’s what you’re subject wants.
When you are finally ready to start taking photographs, experiment with a variety of camera settings. Your photos will become so much better in no time.