Photography can be one of the hardest art forms to master as it requires both natural ability coupled with a lot of hard work. Not to deter you off your course, obviously, but any photographer worth his or her salt must be more than willing to practice a few new tactics to use out there when snapping photos.
When starting out in photography, you should keep it simple with the settings of your camera. Take your time and master one part of the control, like the shutter speed or aperture, before you move on to the next. This allows you to just focus on taking photos instead of messing with the camera functions so long that you miss out on the picture.
Many people think bright sun makes for great photographic conditions. But, direct sunlight actually ruins many would-be great shots. It causes awkward shadows, uneven highlights, and may cause your subject to squint when they face your camera. If you can, choose late evening or early morning when you shoot outdoors.
Viewers usually look at the foreground more than anything, while photographers check the landscape and background. You can increase the depth appearance of your photo when you shoot the foreground in a way that makes a great striking frame.
Perhaps the best way to get high quality photos is to take a lot of pictures, so it’s important that your camera has a big memory card. You can use you memory card to store photographs that you have not had time to develop yet. You can also use your camera to shoot your pictures in the RAW format, which allows for greater editing later.
Most of the time the subject is looking straight into the camera. Get your subject to look at something to the right or left of the camera for a unique picture. Another idea is to tell your subject to concentrate on something or someone in the frame of the shot, without looking directly at the camera.
Some people feel that it is advantageous to wear white clothing when they are having their picture taken, but it is actually one of the most disadvantageous colors a person can wear. Cameras whose automatic features are enabled will often scan all of the shades and tones that appear in the photo. When someone is wearing white clothing it may become washed out in the picture.
Focus on your subject. The quality of the overall photo is hugely impacted by whether or not the focus is on your subject. Having your subject matter in complete focus is a key element to taking fantastic photos which reflect your style and your intentions when shooting. Especially when starting out, your main subject should be in view and centered. The background will fall into place, so do not worry about it.
Usually, you need to choose whether you’d like to expose shadows of a subject or whether you’d like to expose highlights instead. However, you can still take the photos in different conditions and then use a program such as Photoshop to combine them into a great picture.
Make sure to take a lot of practice shots whenever you are shooting in a new setting. Every photo opportunity introduces obstacles that are hard to predict in advance. Only experience can help you understand these obstacles and plan for them. Lighting can change, but feel free to take a few practice photos in between your ‘serious’ shots.
Create more unique photos by using a variety of angles. Anyone can look at a simple head-on photo and take a picture of it. Instead, try shooting a subject from up above, or look for a way to get below the subject and shoot from the ground. Try composing a shot on the diagonal or from the side to make it more interesting.
Squat, kneel, or bend down so that your camera is level with the child’s eyes. This allows you to get the child’s whole face into the photograph. You will save a lot of time if you take photographs of children while at their height level.
Achieve noteworthy effects by trying different shutter speeds. High shutter speed is great for taking split-second shots of subjects in motion, delivering crystal-clear results free of motion blur. This is important for moving events, like sports. Using a slower shutter speed can give you the effect of a motion blur in your photograph. Photographs of waterfalls and streams look especially nice when you use this technique.
If you are going to travel, do not buy a camera with lithium batteries. Because they pose a fire hazard if they get too hot, loose batteries in luggage are being restricted by airport security. The only batteries you will be permitted to bring with you will be those which are within your camera itself.
Always crop your pictures. You may find that you have captured a great image of the subject, but that the objects in the background take away from it. Other times, you may have the perfect image but you did not line it up right and the result is off center. You can fix those problems easily by cropping the image later.
Setting the white balance manually will help with taking better pictures. Most cameras automatically choose a white balance for your photos, but for true control of your image, set this manually. You can alter this setting to remove yellowness from bad lighting, or to change the mood of your picture.
To get the best shots in dim or dark situations, you need to decrease your camera’s f-stop, or aperture setting. This increases the diameter of the aperture, so it can draw in the maximum amount of light when the shot is taken.
If the above article has illuminated anything at all, it should be that anyone can become a skilled photographer with the right information and work ethic. Photography is about more than pointing a camera and pushing a button. Photography is about capturing today’s moments and turning them into tangible memories for the future.