Whether you take one picture every few years or take dozens a day, you may be wondering how you can make your pictures more impressive. Here, we’ll give you a handful of suggestions to make your pictures stand out more, be more clear and capture exactly what you’re seeing and want to capture on film.
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.
Keep things simple when trying for a great shot. There are times when a wonderful photo can be taken without much adjustment in motion or color settings.
When taking a picture outside, try to do so either in the morning or before the sun sets. This is because the sky is not as high in the sky during these times, so the subject of your picture will not have as much of a shadow as it would during the midday hours.
Many cameras allow you to set the white balance. This setting tells the camera which colors to see as highlights. When shooting in artificial light (indoors) set the while balance setting to the “artificial light” mode. It will make your photos look as if they were shot in natural light.
Pay attention to your background. Your main focus should be on your object, but you should use the background to support it. Avoid any unnecessary distractions and clean your background to report the attention on your object. Play with lines and perspective in your background to compliment the shape of your object.
If you want to be able to take great photos, take lots of them. You’ll need a memory card large enough to hold them all. With a large memory card, you do not have to worry about not having enough room on your card to hold additional pictures. Owning a larger memory card also means you can take shots in RAW format, increasing your options during the editing process.
The best way to ruin a photograph is to move the camera while shooting. Keep your camera steady, and give it some support when pressing the shutter button. When talking with professionals, they will tell you to always use a tripod. Sometimes a tripod is just not a practical solution. Use whatever is available like propping the camera against a wall or on top of a fence to take a great shot.
A fantastic tip that can make your photographs more interesting is to start utilizing patterns. Patterns can be an excellent design motif if you use them correctly. You can find patterns on almost anything. You can find them on lots of clothes, in architecture, and even in nature.
There are no secrets for being a better photographer. Experiment with the settings on your camera to see how they affect the photographs. You don’t need to feel you have to preserve every photo you take, especially with digital cameras being so prolific. As you study the pictures you shoot, you will learn from your mistakes and notice ways your shots could have been better, which will ultimately help you improve.
In order to take proper indoor photos under fluorescent light, you should tweak your white balance settings. If you don’t compensate for the missing red tones, photographs taken under fluorescent lighting will end up with a cooler tone caused by the bluish-green light.
Most pictures are taken with the camera at or near the subject’s eye level. Common sense says this is good, but get the “WOW” factor by changing the angle from which you shoot. Try shooting down at the subject from higher up or get close to the ground and shoot up.
Create an interesting silhouette. Many people rely on the sun to create a natural silhouette; however, there are many different ways to reproduce this effect. One way to have a silhouette appear is by choosing a background that is much brighter than your subject. Create a silhouette shot by putting your subject in front of a sunny window or by setting up a flash off-camera, behind the subject. However, keep in mind that occasionally, a face or body outline could highlight a bad feature of your subject.
Filters that you should consider investing in include; the polarizing filter to decrease the amount of reflections, the colorizing filters for an added richness in different colors, and the IR filter to shoot in the dark. Many filtering effects can now be added after the photo is taken with photo editing software.
With these suggestions in hand, start looking at your most recent photographs and see if these tips would have made the pictures even better. If you start noticing that there is a suggestion or two that would greatly improve a few of the photographs you’ve already taken, try finding a way to incorporate that suggestion into every photograph you take from now on.