A lot of people see a gorgeous photograph and wonder if they would be able to create the same kind of image with their own camera using what they see in their every day life. There are a lot of tips and suggestions that are out there that can help you recreate any of your favorite images. Here are a few of them!
Compose your photograph carefully. Sometimes you might have to actually move things around to get the proper contrast or light you want. If you are taking pictures of objects, turn them to get the proper angle. As you progress, you will learn how to make a scene look natural when you compose it.
Even if you are taking a landscape photo, make sure your shot has a focal point. Shots without a focal point can look rather empty and dull. Possible focal points for a nature landscape photo include big trees, waterfalls, and distant mountains. Another trick is to use something that stands out as your focal point, such as a patch of different colored flowers.
Do you want to work with exposure? Educate yourself about shutter speeds. The shutter speed settings you will find on your camera are: P,M,A & S. The “P” setting means program mode. This setting is automatic, and it adjusts your shutter and speed for you by itself. If you are unclear what settings you want to apply, just use “P” setting.
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.
When traveling, take pictures of your food. Take the time to play with lights, colors and compose your pictures. You might get used to the food by the time you come back home, but these pictures will look very original to you and your friends later when you reflect back on your trip.
Be prepared to take notes when you practice photography. Sifting through hundreds of photographs, you may have a difficult time remembering the emotions and thoughts that you were experiencing when you snapped each picture. Use a notepad to write down photo descriptions as well as the file name or number of the photo.
Limit yourself to ensure that each photograph you take is creative. One such limitation would be to only photograph subjects that reflect one specific theme or idea. Take that goal one step further, by take 100 different and unique photos of the same subject, or in confined quarters. Limitations can often times allow us to see beautiful, or unique things, that would have otherwise gone undetected.
Whenever you are going somewhere new, get some ideas for taking pictures. A great place to help you generate ideas is to browse through local postcards that are for sale in small shops or others areas you visit. Postcards have shots of attractions and subjects you can include in your photos.
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. Not everyone likes matching colors, but complementary colors or patterns should be encouraged. Recommend warm colors or neutral hues; these shades blend in well with a variety of different backgrounds. If they prefer bolder shades of color, then recommend adding black to the mix in order to blend multiple hues.
Every picture you take needs a focal point. Determine your focal point before you snap the picture. When trying to determine the focal point, try to think about what will draw the viewer in. Keep the focal point simple, if you use too many focal points it will only confuse the view. You do not have to make your focal point be the center of the picture, but it does need to stand out.
If you are just beginning to hone your photography skills, remember practice makes perfect. Taking a picture itself is quite simple, but photography is quite an art form. To learn how to get great pictures it takes practice, patience and persistence. Taking your camera everywhere and shoot in every situation you can, before long you will see a noticeable improvement in your photography skills.
Know all of the rules of successful photography before you decide to try to break any of those rules. They are all in place to help you avoid making photographic mistakes that you can’t undo. But, once you know and understand the rules, you may find it easier to stray from them and make photographic art.
Tell a story! Think about the story behind the photo before you take it. It will not only give your photo more meaning to you, but it will give your viewer a story line to imagine as they take in your photo. No photo is meaningless, but a picture with a story is captivating!
Try to plan out what kind of shots you want ahead of time. Brainstorming about what shots you want, can make it much easier to shoot because you’ll already have an idea in your head. It makes shooting feel more fluid and fun.
It’s time for your tripod. Take it out of the closet and find the cable release. Still have those neutral density filters? Get them too. You’re going for a night shoot at the school fair. You have arrived. See the pretty colored lighting at the booths and rides? You will photograph the Ferris wheel, exposing not for the overall scene but for the lights. Place the camera on the tripod and attach the cable release. Set the ISO low, at 100 or if possible, lower. Use a shutter speed of maybe fifteen seconds. Set the aperture at f/16 or smaller if your camera can do it this will make pinpoint lights look like stars. Take some test exposures and make adjustments, and use your neutral density filters if necessary. You have a finished product! Thanks to the tripod, everything is sharp except for the ghostly images of fair goers moving about, and the turning Ferris wheel appears as a circular streak of gorgeous colors. The lights at the booths shine like stars.
Using all or some of these tips can help drastically improve the quality of shots you get with your camera in your every day life. Try taking a picture or set of pictures using these tips today and see what kind of difference you are able to notice in your photos.