Photography might appear very complicated and involved, but if you know what you are doing, it can be a very exciting recreational activity. If you don’t know what you are doing, you will have a lot of bad photos. Fear not, the tips listed below can help you avoid this.
With the ease of cameras today, it is very easy for a novice person to take some great pictures without a lot of knowledge. Having a high quality camera is the first step. Make sure that the camera, lens and equipment are all from a reputable company who makes quality photographic equipment.
To avoid red eyes in your photographs, make sure that your camera either has built in red eye reduction or you change the direction of your flash. If you did shoot a photo and it contains red eyes, you can easily remove them through the use of a graphics software such as Corel or Photoshop.
Once you have spotted the subject of your picture, make sure to take your shot right away. This is especially true if your subject is a living being, such as a child or animal. Since staying in one position for a long time is hard for animals and children, you want to make sure you get the pose you want.
Don’t rely too heavily on image-editing software. It’s a great tool to have, but if you rely on it too much, your photographs will start to look highly artificial. Try to achieve what you want before bringing it into image-editing software.
You can do a lot to change the quality of your pictures by adjusting the focus of the shot. What is your primary subject? This doesn’t always have to be in the center of the photo. Having your subject in the lower right hand or left hand corner, for example, can increase dramatic aspects of your picture.
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.
When photographing young children, time and patience is your best friend. Children are taught to “say cheese” whenever a camera is focused on them, inevitably creating artificial, fake smiles – or worse. Ideally, a child will become comfortable being photographed when the pressure to “perform” is removed. Simply encourage them to go about their normal activities and then follow them around with your camera, clicking when they naturally smile or are obviously enjoying their surroundings.
On your smart phone (as long as it has a camera), keep a special inspiration album within your photos. Every day you may stumble upon some amazing, inspirational idea, moment or place. Snap photos of these locales and moments, and store them in this inspiration album. Next time you are looking to try something new with your photography, look back to your inspiration folder for some great brainstorming ideas!
Moving around gives you an opportunity to frame the perfect shot. Try interesting angles such as shooting from above, underneath, moving from side to side of the subject, or holding the camera at waist level.
Try to plan out all of your shots. You should plan out everything from the subject, to the angle, to the lighting in the area where you will be shooting. Taking a bit of time to plan all of this out, can lead to much better and more interesting photographs.
A great photography tip is to try out different lenses. A cool lens you can try is the fish eye lens. With the fish eye lens you end up with a lot of neat distortion around the center of the image. It can make your photographs much more interesting.
Setting deliberate limitations can spark your creativity. For example, set a goal for the day to only shoot images that represent a single concept, such as “sweet.” Don’t allow yourself to quit until you have shot one-hundred different pictures that are focusing on this same concept. These limitations can force you to think outside the box and create more unusual photos.
Natural lighting can play a major role in your photographs so take note of what is happening. You will not want the glare of the sun, so choose outdoor lighting that is lower, either first thing in the morning or after the sun has dropped in the afternoons. If the sun is very high, it will cause lots of shadows and even squinting subjects. Use strong sunlight best by positioning your subject so that the sun falls on them from the side.
White is a terrible color to wear in a photograph, despite popular belief. Because many cameras have auto focus, the camera will read the shades present. White clothing will almost always get “washed out” in these photographs.
Lighting is not only important for keeping your subject lit and visible, but the shadows in your shot are completely reliant on the lighting of the area. If you are using a larger light source, then you will have smaller shadows to work with. This can be good or bad depending on the subject or technique.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to choosing settings on your camera is to choose the higher quality settings that take up more space on your memory card. The lower settings will not allow for quality printing, especially if you want to enlarge them. When shooting at a high resolution, you can always lower it later for sending via email or displaying online.
To get an interesting photograph, play around with the lighting. If the natural lighting is not perfect, do not feel the need to resort to your camera’s flash. Play with the shadows on the scene, or move your subject into the light and let the darkness eliminate the background behind them. There are many ways to play with light that might initially seem less than favorable but work out well in the end.
So as you can see, photography is not as complicated as it may appear. It is involved in terms of research and practicing taking pictures, but it is worth it in the end. With the above tips in mind, you should be smarter when it comes to taking great photos.