Photography is equal parts science and art, with skills and vision playing crucial roles in the final results. Whether you are content with an amateur’s level of photographic skills or you aspire to be the next Ansel Adams, these tips will take you one step further in understanding the process.
When you have the shot set up, don’t delay! If you take a long time, there is a good chance that the subject will move, take off or there could be a change in the background that will ruin the photo. It is better if your camera takes pictures quickly.
Make sure you hold the camera correctly. Holding the camera correctly reduces the chance that an inopportune movement ruins your shot. Hold the camera with your arms close to your body and the palm of your hand under the camera to prevent the camera from falling or shaking.
The camera settings should be kept simple. Take the time to fully understand one part of your camera controls, such as shutter speed, prior to moving on to aperture or other features. This will enable you get the image that you want, when you want it, instead of losing time having to fumble with the settings.
To get a high quality image, you will need a good camera. For the best photos, purchase a DSLR camera. This is the type of camera most photographers use, and if you desire quality photos you will need this as well.
Use manual white balance to spice up your photos. It is possible to let the camera decide the proper white balance for a given environment, but sometimes the camera will get it wrong and the photo will look washed out. Using a manual white balance also allows you to take artsy photos with sepia tones, for instance.
If you want to take high quality portraits, do not rely on your camera’s built in flash. Instead you want to look at investing in a softbox to use for external lighting. If you can’t afford this, look into purchasing an external flash unit with a diffuser for your camera.
When you are taking landscape photos, consider the sky. If the sky is rather bland and boring, do not let it dominate the photo. If the sky is lit up with wonderful colors (especially during sunrise, sunset or a storm) it is okay to let the sky dominate the photo.
Only select the best shots that you have if you are planning on showing your pictures to someone. This will help them form the highest possible opinion of you and your work, which is desirable if you are trying to land a job. Always present your best work to others.
Take lots of shots. Using a digital camera allows you to take essentially an infinite number of photos for free. The more shots you take, the better your chances are of capturing that perfect moment. If your shot didn’t come out like you wanted, try again with different settings. You won’t learn if you don’t try.
After reading this advice, you should have a much greater command over your camera and how to use it properly. Practice often to cement what you’ve learned into your memory, and use what you know to create photographs which represent who you are.…Continue Reading