Everyone wants to be a master photographer. But it’s not as easy as grabbing a camera and shooting a masterpiece. There’s a lot of work photographers put into taking magnificent photos. Below are a few tips and tricks that can give you a leg up on the other amateurs and have you on your way to taking great photos.
Keep your pictures relatively simple. A good image should be straightforward and easy to interpret and appreciate. It is important to take meaningful pictures, but in most cases your pictures will say more if you focus on a detail rather than put together a complex composition that might not strike people as much.
If you are having difficulty holding your camera straight, purchase a tripod. A tripod will go a long way in helping to keep your camera in place, so you can focus on other variables other than balance. Tripods work great if you are in the wilderness or on an uneven terrain.
If you want to take high quality portraits, do not rely on your camera’s built in flash. Instead you want to look at investing in a softbox to use for external lighting. If you can’t afford this, look into purchasing an external flash unit with a diffuser for your camera.
Be creative and unique with your subjects. You don’t want to take the same old photo every other photographer has done. Look for unique shots that people haven’t seen before. Choose interesting subjects that aren’t going to bore anyone who sees them. If you want to make a name for yourself, this is essential.
When you are taking landscape photos, consider the sky. If the sky is rather bland and boring, do not let it dominate the photo. If the sky is lit up with wonderful colors (especially during sunrise, sunset or a storm) it is okay to let the sky dominate the photo.
Use a good lens to get a better image quality. You can create artistic pictures with any kind of equipment if you work hard and adapt your style to your equipment. But getting a good lens definitely opens up more possibilities. For instance, you can capture more details and get a better focus.
When shooting landscapes, remember the rule of thirds which is to keep one-third or two-thirds of the image as the sky or the foreground. This will give the photo more depth and a more dramatic look. This is an easy tip for beginners to follow but will make a huge difference in the appearance of the photos.
Do not let your knowledge shape your pictures. You should base your picture around your idea and creative feel and use knowledge and your equipment help you make this idea come to life. You can experiment with techniques when you first learn them, but you will take your best pictures when you let your ideas take charge.
Don’t restrict yourself to taking pictures of your subject from only one angle. Be creative and reposition your shots so that you can experiment with different angles. Attempt to shoot your subject from below, above, left or right.
Pre-focus your camera and move slightly. Your subject will not be in the exact center of your picture. Viewing one photo after another where the subject is perfectly centered in the shot can become boring in a hurry. Try off-centering your shots to make your subject appear more interesting to the viewer.
When you are dealing with low lighting settings and you do not have a tripod, try to be aware of your shutter speed. Make sure it has a denominator that is greater than the focal length of the lens. Otherwise, you will not be able to capture sharp images.
Learn to turn your camera on it’s side. If the subject that you are shooting is taller than it is wide, then use your camera to make it take up more of the frame. Turn your camera on it’s side and take a vertical picture instead of the traditional horizontal one.
Avoid proprietary films when you are looking for good film to use. Proprietary film is patented, and can only be used in conjunction with the owner patent. Sometimes these film types will be sent to you free of charge. If you do not see a mark for C-41 on the film, avoid using it.
Make sure that you get others’ opinions of your photographs. Try to get some people that know a lot about this field and that are good at photography to critique your photos. Be aware that there will be good and bad feedback; just don’t take it personally. Learn from all of it and get better at it.
Those are only a few of the tricks out there to help you take amazing photos. But photography isn’t something you will learn over night, so remember these tricks and try them out until you get the hang of them. Before you know it, you’ll be taking professional quality photos!