You can put a dent in your photographic reputation if you take poor photographs. The following tips will improve your photos, and give you years of memories your family can enjoy.
It’s a common misconception that sun-splashed days are the best for pictures, but you can ruin photos if you take them out in the sun. Downsides to direct sunlight shots include glaring, awkward shadows, uneven highlights and human subjects squinting if they face the camera. When taking pictures outdoors, early morning light or late evening sunshine will result in the highest quality photographs.
Photographers will often focus so much on the background that the foreground is completely forgotten or an afterthought, but it makes up the bulk of the photograph and deserves a fair amount of attention. Compose the foreground so that it creates a striking frame to increase your depth of field.
Having the background slightly out of focus, when shooting a live subject, can really enhance your photograph. When your background is not blurred, it will take the attention from your subject, and you will have a harder time making the viewer focus on what you want. The easiest way to be sure the background is out of focus is to set your subjects well in front of the background.
Keep a notepad to record your shots. While sorting through your photos afterwards, there may be so many shots that you find yourself having trouble remembering exact details or emotions during that moment. Use a notepad to jot down a few notes about the pictures you take.
Most digital cameras have built-in flash components that automatically pop up when the light is dim. For a broader flash range, get a professional camera with an external flash function. Ensure that there is a “hot shoe”, or port that allows external flash, on top of the camera. Most devices available can sync perfectly with compatible cameras.
Consider joining a photography based club, or simply going out and taking some pictures with a fellow photographer. While you may learn new techniques, make sure you keep your own signature style. You can even compare photographs of the same subject with another photographer and discuss the differences.
You need to make sure that you have the right white balance setting on your camera if you are taking pictures under fluorescent lighting. You may need to compensate for red tones to avoid the cooler tones of the subjects in your photos when taking pictures in fluorescent lighting, which usually produces greenish and bluish light.
Most often, your subject looks directly into the camera lens. For some unique pictures, try to have your subject look off the camera, have them focus on something outside the field of view of the camera. Try to capture moments when the subject is not expecting to be photographed.
Taking great pictures is a skill that takes time and patience, but is an art that can be developed. You must be willing to do your homework on the subject, and ask for constructive feedback from others. Help yourself improve by following these guidelines, and work to become a better photographer.…Continue Reading