Photography involves much more than just picking up a camera and taking a clear shot. This particular media is rich and complex, like an art. As an art, there are many different techniques that you can learn to improve your photography. Good photographers have an eye for the art and the ability to see the details that the things of the world contain. Here are some tips to help you.
With the ease of cameras today, it is very easy for a novice person to take some great pictures without a lot of knowledge. Having a high quality camera is the first step. Make sure that the camera, lens and equipment are all from a reputable company who makes quality photographic equipment.
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.
Try using a tripod to take your photos. This will reduce or completely remove your movement’s influence. It’s incredibly frustrating to have lined up a perfect shot only to discover that your hands were shaking a bit and completely blurred the photo. This is especially important if you know you don’t have extremely steady hands.
Use a diffuser to minimize the negative effects of flash photography. The built-in flash on most cameras produce photos that have a high light-dark contrast, which makes them look harsh and unrealistic. A diffuser diffuses the light from the flash, distributing it more evenly and making your flash photos look more natural.
Don’t be afraid to experiment! With digital cameras, you can now store an incredible amount of photos. Try it out! Don’t be afraid to set up your camera at a stream one day and play around with the effects to see what kind of photos you get. It can be a great way to learn what works, and what doesn’t.
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.
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.
Take a few pictures of vacation souveniers from your trips. Photograph the souvenir on the shelf in the store, or get a shot of it with the sales clerk. When you do this, you have a nice, ready-made way of sharing the story of your souvenir hunting expedition!
Limit yourself to ensure that each photograph you take is creative. You could, for instance, shoot only pictures that involve your pet. You could shoot only pictures with water in them. Focus your shooting to one spot or room and shoot 100 varied photographs. Working under such limitations will spur you to think creatively and take more experimental photos.
Leave yourself some “Lead Room” or “Active Space” when dealing with subjects that move in your shots. This is just basically some empty space either in front of the subject or behind the subject. This makes for a less-cluttered and more pleasing action shot for the viewer to look at.
You can see now how much work goes into capturing good shots. Doing so can really improve the quality of the pictures you take.