Of the different types of art and expression in this world, photography requires more training and natural talent than other forms of other. However, if you are not a born photographer, you can certainly learn enough good technique to take great pictures.
Take your pictures quickly. The longer you hesitate, the better the chance that your subject will move away, break their pose, or become tired and stop smiling. Start taking shots as quickly as you can, and don’t worry about getting the camera perfect before the first shot. The faster you shoot and the more photos you take, the better your chances are of getting a good one.
Do not make adjusting your settings too complex. Take it one step at a time by mastering one function, such as shutter speed or sport setting, before moving on to the next. If you focus on features too much, you will miss some great natural pictures. Sometimes, snapping the picture right away is the best decision.
Don’t be afraid of taking pictures. If you use the wrong settings, it’s okay. Go ahead and take the picture anyway. If you want to photograph a person or pet, go up and ask if it’s okay; create a release form to sign if it makes you more comfortable. Just go do it!
Be careful when shooting with the ISO feature set at a high setting. It will allow you to capture photos in low light settings but it opens the door to noisy pictures that may look grainy. Ideally you should keep the ISO set low or increase it very slightly to capture the low light photos.
Pay attention to the symmetry in your pictures. A picture that is supposed to be symmetrical and isn’t will appear much worse than if it were and frustrate your viewers. Make sure you’re standing in the dead center of a symmetrical object if you are trying to create a symmetrical composition.
Take your camera with you as often as you can. You never know when a great opportunity for a photo will present itself. Keep your camera out and ready if you expect to use it – by the time you get your camera out of the bag, get the lens cap off, and adjust your settings, your shot is gone. Hang the camera around your neck. Of course, if you’re in a high-crime area, or if you don’t want it to be obvious that you are a tourist, you may need to be a bit more discreet.
Positioning of the subject can make the difference between a good photo and a great photo. The subject should rarely be dead center in the middle of the photo. When taking your photo, try to position the subject in the upper, or lower third of the image. This effect works best when there is a horizon in the distance.
Consider your photo angles before you shoot. Look through your cameras view finder to see how the background and foreground interact. Check for odd shapes, or things that will detract from what you were thinking when you decided to take the shot. Taking a second to compose your craft will improve your pictures.
Throughout life, it has been ingrained in our minds to have things symmetrical. To create photographs that are more interesting, try aiming your camera so that your subject is slightly off center. Be aware of the auto-focus feature, which can lock the view to the middle of the lens. Focus your camera manually, then lock it before taking the picture.
If possible, avoid using the flash that you find on most cameras nowadays. It tends to give the subject ‘red eye’, and it removes a lot of the shadow that can create depth in a picture. If you have to use a flash, such as an indoor nighttime shot, keep your subject away from walls. This way you won’t end up with an ugly black shadow that resembles an outline.
If you’ve read this far, you’ve learned that anybody–including you–can take amazing photographs. There’s a lot of room for creativity and flexibility in the photography world; if you want a career as a photographer, you can be financially successful and have fun along the way. Taking a good picture takes a lot more than just point and shoot. A photo rarely makes the subject look better; photography is instead having a eye for what is already beautiful.