Are you ready to learn more about the wonderful world of photography? Do you have some ideas about where and how you’d like to start?
Do you know you need to get a good shot? If you can’t answer the previous two questions with an affirmative “yes,” then read the below article to provide you with some needed assistance.
If you’re trying to take the best possible picture, get close to the subject you’re photographing. Getting up close allows you to put a frame around your subject while avoiding any disruptive backgrounds. You also get the opportunity to allow your subject’s face to be the star of the shot; this is especially impactful with portraiture. If your subject is positioned too far away, it becomes more difficult to capture the minor details.
Keep the knowledge of the settings on your camera simple. Master one control at a time, such as the shutter speed or the aperture, before taking on the next. This puts you mind on taking the picture quickly rather than messing with all the dials and screens on your camera.
It takes a professional quality camera to get photos of professional quality. A DSLR camera is the best thing to buy if you’d like to take great photographs. Pro photographers don’t settle for anything less than a DSLR, so neither should you.
Choose your very best pictures if you are going to expose your work. Avoid showing every photo you have taken of a particular subject. People get bored seeing the same thing repeatedly. Keep it fresh by showing different facets of your photography.
Make sure to jot a few notes down with your pictures. If you have hundreds of photographs, you probably won’t be able to remember where or when you took them all or how you were feeling at the time. Carry a notepad with you and take notes about the location and how you felt about it.
ISO, shutter speed and aperture are important settings, and you may have to try different settings for the best results. These three features are what determine your photo’s exposure. Avoid overexposed pictures or underexposed ones unless you are looking for a particular atmosphere. Play around with the features to judge how they work together. Use the combination you like the best depending on the environment.
Finding another photographer to mentor you or joining a club can improve your photography skills. You can learn from others and pick up new ideas, but avoid letting their style take over your own. Compare the same objects together and notice how each picture differ.
If taking photos with fluorescent lighting as the only available light source, adjust the cameras white balance to the proper settings. Blue and green light is usually given off by fluorescent lights, so subjects of your photos might take a tone cooler than you intended, unless you compensate with the red tones.
One strategy to develop a creative eye is to use limitation. You could restrict yourself to taking pictures intended to represent one concept (like “sweetness”) all day, for instance. Then go and take 100 different photos in the same room or with the same point of view. Having these limitations in place can make you be more creative and think outside of the box.
Most photographers wish for their subjects to look into the camera. If you want to make your photos a little more interesting, have your subject fix his gaze on an object outside the camera’s field of view. Or, you could have your subject focus their gaze on something or someone else in the frame.
When you’re scheduled to photograph more than one person in a shot, give them advice beforehand that will help them choose clothing for the best staging. They do not have to match, but the photos will look better if the colors that are worn complement each other. It is a good idea to suggest either warm colors or neutral shades, because these look good on nearly everyone. If they prefer bright colors, suggest balancing them with some pieces of clothing that are black to prevent the bright colors from clashing with each other.
When you are shooting a photo, do so quickly. You never know when that “perfect” moment can disappear, so be prepared to get it at any moment. You can easily lose the attention of your subjects if you delay the shot, and the perfect moment is then lost forever. Do not worry about setting your camera perfectly correctly, or you might miss the shot.
Manually adjust the white balance before you snap a photo. This has a big impact on the mood of the photo you are taking, and it lets you control how it will look. You will have to get used to using a manual white balance, but once you do, you will gain more creative control over your photographs.
It seems simple, but it’s easy to lose focus on your subject when taking photos. Make sure your main focus is on keeping your subject as clear in the photo as possible. A key building block to learning how to express your personal style through photography is understanding the importance of camera focus. When you are just getting started, keep your subject centered in the picture and in view. Let the background happen naturally.
With most photos, you will have to make the choice of how to properly expose highlights and shadows in the photograph. It is possible to blend two separate images using a photo-editing software program such as Photoshop.
You now have a basic knowledge of photography and how to apply it to your conceptual ideas. Do you have a few great locations in mind? Do you know how to make a great shot? If you were able to answer “yes” to any of those questions, it’s time you take the next step. This next step means you are prepared to utilize what you have learned and advance as a photographer.