For a person with no experience, photography can be quite intimidating. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources available to new photographers. In the following article, you can find helpful, organized tips on how you can start shooting better pictures.
When you are taking photos of landscapes, create an appearance of depth. Give an idea of the scale by including a subject somewhere in the foreground. A small aperture, usually smaller than f/8 in many digital cameras and f/16 for SLR’s, allows greater sharpness throughout the entire picture.
Make sure you support the camera from below and on the sides, while keeping your arms tucked tightly into the sides of your body. This will minimize shaking and produce clearer shots. With your hands positioned at the underside of the camera and below the lens, it will help prevent accidentally dropping the equipment.
Practice shooting under a variety of lighting conditions, from different angles, and with each of the built-in features included in your camera. A high quality photograph does not require an original subject. It just requires an original way of thinking. Taking good photographs is about turning an ordinary object into something interesting, thanks to the photographers artistic talent and skill. You will find your own style as you experiment.
Having your batteries always charged helps you avoid missing any great shots. Digital cameras using an LCD screen require lots of power, so check the batteries before you need to take pictures. Also consider getting a spare battery for the camera so you will never be in a position where you do not have power and therefore miss something great.
A lot of cameras that are digital contain built in flashes that automatically turn on when the lighting is dim. Auto-flash is great for amateur photographs, but for a cleaner more professional look you should have an external unit with a broader range for your camera flash. Before you decide to purchase, check your existing camera and look for a “hot shoe” that can accommodate a new flash unit. This is usually located on top of the device. Next head to your nearest professional camera shop to find a flash unit that is compatible with your camera.
Find a good balance between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. These are the three features that drive the exposure of the photographs you take. Overexposure or underexposure are usually considered to be negatives, unless you are going for a very particular feel to the image. Play around with the features to judge how they work together. Use the combination you like the best depending on the environment.
Inspire your own creative photographs by joining photography clubs or taking photos with another photographer. While you do not want to let someone else influence the style of you pictures, you may be able to learn some new techniques and tricks from others. Take some pictures together of the same object, then compare how your styles differ.
There is no secret to becoming a good photographer. Practice and learn from your mistakes. You don’t need to feel you have to preserve every photo you take, especially with digital cameras being so prolific. You can get better by taking pictures of what you see and later judging it to see if it can be better.
Consider purchasing a film camera if you enjoy the sentimental feeling that old photographs provide. For a dramatic shot, black and white film is great. Make sure you get one with an ISO of 200 for a good all-around film. By getting your single prints on multiple types of paper, you can view the differences and decide which you prefer.
Help your subjects to prepare ahead by suggesting clothing coordination, particularly with groups and family members. Not everyone likes matching colors, but complementary colors or patterns should be encouraged. Suggesting warm colors or neutral shades will almost always work and will be especially effective with a natural background. To avoid a garish display, bright colors should be balanced with black or other neutrals whenever possible.
To add interest to your photographs, experiment with your camera’s focus. The smaller the f-stop number, or depth field, the more blurry your background will be. When the subject sits close to the lens, such as a portrait shot, this is a great idea. A bigger f-stop number will give you a greater depth of field, which means that everything in the photo will be in focus. This would be fantastic for landscape shots.
Make sure you take the time to learn how the ISO feature on your camera works. Turning your camera’s ISO high increases the amount of grain you will see in your photos. Unless you particularly want the shot to have the grain, this lack of understanding could ruin your shot.
Look for ways to create an artificial silhouette. Of course the classic silhouette uses the sunset as a backdrop; however, there are other ways to get the same effect. Any background that produces bright light will display the subject in silhouette, providing the subject is not as bright as the background. To shoot the perfect silhouette, position your subject by a window full of natural light; you can also use an off camera flash behind the subject. However, keep in mind that occasionally, a face or body outline could highlight a bad feature of your subject.
You should know how your camera lens focuses, and where the sharpest zone of focus lies within your camera’s frame. In general, sharpness will manifest itself mostly towards the center of the lens, as well as center of the image. Then it will start distorting as it gets to the outer edges of your camera frame.
Hopefully, these tips have provided you with some very valuable information as well as given you a way to organize all of the thoughts and information you may have already had on photography. Keeping these tips in mind when you start taking photos can help you one day become a very successful photographer.