Well done! There is indeed a lot of things to learn and you may be unsure where to begin. This article is filled with tips on taking better pictures.
Be selective about the elements that you include in your photo. Go ahead and remove anything from the picture that doesn’t belong there or makes the frame seem unbalanced. Use panning shots that keep your subject in focus but blur the background if you can’t remove all unwanted distractions from your shot.
You can get a better picture by getting close to your subject. Getting up close gives you a better conceptual focus, and blots out background distractions. If you are shooting a person, getting closer also allows to capture their facial expressions with greater clarity. By being too far away from your subject, you often miss the minuscule details that can make a picture truly great.
Learn how to snap a picture quickly. Do not wait for your subject to take a certain pause, this might not happen. Take several pictures if you need to. By taking pictures quickly, you will get natural expressions and pauses. If you wait too long, your subject will probably have a rather rigid and artificial expression.
Good photographs are those that are kept simple. When photographing a specific event, set your camera’s features on the appropriate settings ahead of time.
Don’t stay inside when the weather is bad. Although it’s natural to think a sunny day is the best time to grab the camera, overcast and rainy days provide an opportunity to get shots that would be hard to get at any other time. These weather conditions can give shots that would look neutral or cheery on a sunny day a dark and foreboding tone.
Taking many, many pictures is one of the ways to capturing something great, so purchase a memory card that is big enough to hold large amounts of information. If you have a memory card with a large storage space, your card can hold a lot of photos. Another benefit of large memory cards is that they allow you to take shots in RAW format, and that enables a good deal of flexibility.
When you have your shot lined up and it is time to hit the shutter button, stop breathing for a moment and don’t move a muscle. Even the smallest movement could make your picture come out wrong. Just before hitting the button, take a moment to steady the camera and take a deep breath.
Take your camera with you as often as you can. You never know when a great opportunity for a photo will present itself. Keep your camera out and ready if you expect to use it – by the time you get your camera out of the bag, get the lens cap off, and adjust your settings, your shot is gone. Hang the camera around your neck. Of course, if you’re in a high-crime area, or if you don’t want it to be obvious that you are a tourist, you may need to be a bit more discreet.
Using the highest quality settings your camera allows gives you much better image quality if you plan to enlarge your photos. It also gives you more freedom to artistically crop the shot to focus on certain details. Only use the low settings if you know for a fact that the only place you are going to look at them is on your computer.
Now that you have read this article, you probably have some idea of what you need to do to become more proficient in photography. Come back anytime to review the article and brush up on new skills. If you stay dedicated, you photos will become art.