Ten Tips for Taking Better Photos
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
With these simple tips, even amateur photographers can take stellar pictures.
1. Do your research
Expensive camera equipment will only get you so far. Learn how to use your camera, study great pictures that other photographers have taken and make mental notes about things like lighting, perspective, and framing.
2. Read the camera manual
Every camera is different, so it’s important to read the manual to find out what your camera is capable of. No doubt there are cool tricks you wouldn’t discover otherwise.
3. Think about light
Use the direction and intensity of your light source to your advantage rather than letting it ruin your picture. Notice how light is interacting and affecting your subject; what is being highlighted? What will be lost if the light is too bright or too dim?
4. Slow down
Give yourself a chance to compose your picture before hitting the shutter. Do you need to shift your lens slightly for better framing? Do you need more light? A flash? Will the background make the image too busy?
5. Be here now
Focus on your subject without the camera first. If you’re photographing a person, connect with them without the camera between you. If you’re capturing a landscape or action of some kind, take a minute to really look at it before snapping your first picture.
6. The Golden Hour
Everything looks good during the golden hour (just before dusk). The light is soft and colors are vibrant.
7. Keep it simple
Too many elements make an image confusing. Focus on one or two points of interest in order to really engage your audience.
8. Make them laugh
Instead of telling people to smile before taking their picture, try doing silly things or telling jokes. Even if they only laugh to be polite, their smiles will be more natural and you’ll be happier with the image.
9. Look beyond your subject
Your subject might look perfect, but if the background is distracting, you’ll be disappointed with the image. Take note of everything around your subject, move what you don’t like (if you can) or move yourself to change what will surround the subject in the frame.
10. Change your perspective
Next time you start to take a picture straight on, crouch down or raise yourself up above the subject instead. You’ll change the whole feel of the image by changing the angle from which you shoot the picture. For fun, experiment with different perspectives to see how they change the story your picture tells.
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