In the world of photography, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced photographers alike. There are many programs, e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good photographer become a great photographer.
Take successive photos of your subject if there is a chance that it might move. Certain subjects, such as wild animals, won’t just wait patiently for you to take your photo. In this case, take one shot quickly so that you have something to work with. Then, if the subject hasn’t moved, take more shots with better positioning and composition.
Play with the shutter speed setting to get shots of both slow and fast-moving subjects. Slow shutter speeds are great for objects that move very slowly, such as streams. Fast shutter speeds, on the other hand, allow you to get a clear shot of a subject that is moving very quickly, such as a race car.
Try new techniques, and be brave enough to take thoroughly original photos. Good pictures show personal expression and convey a message. There are many classic photographs that depict their subject in the same way. Don’t let yourself fall into that category. Be creative, and shoot from unusual angles.
Use other photographers to get inspired. Viewing others’ work will help you remember that capturing a moment can be done in so many different ways.
When showing off your photographs, make sure to keep your less than perfect pictures at home. You do not want people to see your sub-par work; you only want them to see your best work. Delete any pictures on your camera that you do not want anyone else to see.
Shoot during the “golden hours,” especially if you are shooting human subjects. The time around dawn and dusk are named “golden hours” because the hue of the light makes objects look like they are glowing. This light also complements human skin, making human subjects appear to look better than they would in photos taken at other times of day.
Be sure your photo has a solid focal point. Without a good focal point your photographs will end up looking empty, leaving the eye with nowhere to rest. Your viewers will be more appreciative of a photo that has a clear focus, even if you are shooting a landscape or other wide setting.
Many cameras allow you to set the white balance. This setting tells the camera which colors to see as highlights. When shooting in artificial light (indoors) set the while balance setting to the “artificial light” mode. It will make your photos look as if they were shot in natural light.
A good photography tip is to always be early when you’re planning on shooting a sunset or a sunrise. This will give you ample time to compose the perfect shot. You don’t want to get there and be forced to compose a lousy shot because you’re short on time.
Go through the manual that came with your equipment. Even if most cameras are rather intuitive, a manual will explain you what every feature does and how to adjust it. Read your manual and then experiment with your camera. You should feel comfortable much quicker when you take the time to learn about your equipment.
A good photograph should capture only a part of something. You do not need to get a panoramic vision when you can find the right detail that says it all. You should learn how to look for something that will speak to people and convey the meaning you are looking for.
A common beginner’s mistake is to place one’s thumb on the lens while taking a photograph. This causes a blurry spot to appear in the corner of a photograph. You should make sure your lens is clean and that you are not obstructing it with your thumb before taking a picture.
Many parents cannot resist the temptation to put a bow in the hair of a young girl when she is being photographed. If at all possible, discourage this practice. It creates an unnatural feeling to an image, while almost always contrasting with the fine texture of human hair. Bows dominate the image and detract from the young girl’s natural features.
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 in a setting that would normally require flash and you only have the built in flash on your camera, try changing your setting on your white balance and tuning your ISO setting. It will make it so you will not have to use the flash. Be careful to keep the camera very steady when doing this.
Get views of different angles of the subject or scene that you are shooting. Many amateurs will not take the time to move around the subject to find the best angle, if you do, you’ll find there are many different photos to be taken of one subject.
After reading these tips, you can begin to understand what it takes to become a great photographer. There is a lot of information to be had and you need to know how to apply it. With this in mind, you can refine your own methods and start taking better photographs.