Photography is a lot more that just trying to take a clear shot of something in decent lighting. Photography is definitely more of an art than a science. As an art, there are many different techniques that you can learn to improve your photography. You will want to look for things that are interesting and appealing to the eye, and pay attention to detail. Take a look at the tips below to start getting more artistic with your photographs.
Pay attention to the speed of your shutter and test out various scenes by alternating it. Photography allows you to capture a split-second moment and to blur together large time periods. Lighting quick shutter speeds are great for sports shots with lots of action, while slow shutter speeds are nice for landscapes without a lot of movement.
A dSLR is crucial if you are intent on taking good pictures. This is the digital version of the venerable single-lens reflex instrument, the professional tool that shows you exactly what the camera sees as it takes a picture. Those equipped with a full frame will inevitably provide a more comprehensive image and finer details.
Often a photographer will be so concerned with a landscape background that he neglects the details in the foreground. However, this is the first place the viewer’s eye will land. Create a nice foreground in your shot to make your picture look more deep and to frame in more intimately.
Most digital cameras have built-in flash components that automatically pop up when the light is dim. This is good for random, candid shots, but if you want a professional look, invest in a flash that is external and offers more lighting. If you decide you do need an external flash, invest in a camera with a “hot shoe” to fit the flash into, and consult a professional to learn which flashes are a good fit for your camera.
Be sure to find a subject who is interesting and compelling. You can have the very best equipment and be extremely talented, but without the right subject you will not get quality pictures. Look for inspiration in objects, or choose a model that is comfortable with you.
Consider enrolling in a photography group, or team up to take shots with a photographer who shares your interests. While you can gain a lot of knowledge from another person, you should not let them influence your style. Do a side-by-side comparison of pictures taken of the same object to see how different people view the same object.
When you take photos in fluorescent lighting, change the white balance so it looks clearer. Fluorescent lights cast blue and green light, so your subjects might appear a cooler hue than you expect, unless you compensate for lack of the color red with your camera.
Use limits to help yourself focus in on a subject and be more creative Choose a single concept to photograph, like “beauty” or “what is nature?” Restrict yourself to standing at one point or staying in one room for your next 100 photos. Limitations can often times allow us to see beautiful, or unique things, that would have otherwise gone undetected.
By this point, you should realize that there is more to photography than just keeping the subject in focus. Your photos will look much better if you follow these tips.