Capturing life’s special moments, in a meaningful way, is possible for anyone who goes out of their way to learn the nuances of photography. Though anyone can purchase a camera, not every person who holds one, will truly master it. Mastering the art of photography is a process that is learned and anyone who seeks out information can become a great photographer. Follow these tips to achieve your maximum potential behind the lens of your camera.
When taking a photograph, take one shot, then move in closer to the desired subject and take a second shot. You want the subject of the photograph to be the majority of the frame. Taking the second shot ensures that you get the better shot from one of the two, whether you were close enough initially or not.
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.
Use digital techniques to create photographs that resemble oil paintings, watercolors, graphic pencil sketches and more. Adobe Photoshop is the standard for visual artists, but there are also a variety of other image editing suites for you to choose from. You will be able to instantly convert the photo into artistic portraits with the simple click of the filter button and choosing the medium that you prefer.
If you are taking pictures in the sun during the spring or summer, make sure to turn the flash on. Failing to put the flash on your camera can result in a bad glare, which can taint your photos. Once you turn the flash on, you can take pictures as you usually would.
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.
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. You can maximize the appearance of depth and create a more vivid frame by composing the foreground to make these things happen.
A great photography tip is to always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t shut off your creative vision when you don’t have a camera nearby. You should always be looking at things and visualizing. This is a great way to stay fresh creatively and to always be inspired.
Aperture, ISO, and shutter speed combined can help you to create great pictures. Those three things affect your picture’s exposure. Both overexposed and underexposed pictures should always be avoided, unless you are going for that particular effect. The best way to learn more about these aspects is to experiment with them, this will help you learn how they interact together.
If you believe the nostalgic sentiments associated with film-based photography and would like to try your hand at doing it the old-fashioned way, pick up a film camera at a second hand store. For a dramatic shot, black and white film is great. Make sure you get one with an ISO of 200 for a good all-around film. After your pictures have been developed you should have prints made on different types of paper, including those that are made of fiber.
Just like it is recommended for an artist to keep some paper and a writing utensil on them at all times, a photographer should always keep a camera on them too. You never know when a photo opportunity will present itself, so you need to be prepared at all times.
Now that you have been enlightened by these simple photographic tips, grab your camera and get out there. That “magic moment” is just a click away, and the world won’t stop spinning. So let your imagination run free, then capture the results for posterity. Only you can tell the photographic story that unfolds from your own unique point of view.