Taking a picture is as easy as pushing a button, but taking a beautiful photograph is a work of art. You can take great photos with a simple, point-and-shoot camera or get lousy shots with the most expensive, top-of-the-line camera. It is not the camera that produces wonderful images, it is the photographer. To help you take great photographs, here are some helpful tips.
Play with the aperture settings. Take a number of photos of the same subject with different settings to see how it affects the look of the final photo. Bigger f-stops allow you to get an entire landscape in focus, while a smaller f-stop will draw attention only to the center of your frame.
Use manual white balance to spice up your photos. It is possible to let the camera decide the proper white balance for a given environment, but sometimes the camera will get it wrong and the photo will look washed out. Using a manual white balance also allows you to take artsy photos with sepia tones, for instance.
When taking a photograph, keep a firm grip on your camera and stabilize your arms against your body. This keeps the shaking to a minimum and your shots will be more clear. If you place your hands beneath the camera, you will be less likely to drop the camera.
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.
Shoot during the “golden hours,” especially if you are shooting human subjects. The time around dawn and dusk are named “golden hours” because the hue of the light makes objects look like they are glowing. This light also complements human skin, making human subjects appear to look better than they would in photos taken at other times of day.
Get close to the subject of your photograph. Nothing’s worse than seeing a photo of something that’s too distant to identify any details or colors. So, to avoid a subject with a lack of details, make sure everything is clearly visible.
Focus on a single subject in your photographs. Pictures will work best with a single, clear point of focus. Setting up a composition that involves multiple subjects can be difficult and can result in a disorganized, cluttered frame. Having a single subject also makes setting your zoom and other settings easier.
Make your subject comfortable when taking their photograph, otherwise your shot will capture their true uneasiness and nerves. This is especially true when shooting a subject to music. Take the extra time to make sure that they are totally relaxed and totally ready before you begin shooting subjects like this.
A good photograph should capture only a part of something. You do not need to get a panoramic vision when you can find the right detail that says it all. You should learn how to look for something that will speak to people and convey the meaning you are looking for.
Learn composition and that less is much more with photographs. Keep things simple, and avoid unnecessary clutter in your shots. It’s better to compose your picture with an eye toward simplicity.
Now that you have some helpful tips, you will be able to start taking more great pictures. With this knowledge and some willingness to make some easy adjustments to your shooting techniques and your camera, you can get some pretty amazing shots from any camera that you are using.