You have an appreciation for photography but you have no idea how to work a camera. This article will break down some of the basics steps of how to use a camera and how to get great looking images, no matter if you have a point and shoot camera or a dSLR.
A good photography tip is to focus on subjects that interest you. If you find yourself taking pictures of things that don’t interest you, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when you see that people aren’t interested in your photographs. Picking a subject that you’re passionate about is very important.
Take shots of people you see in your day. Always get their permission first. Taking pictures when you are traveling makes for great memories later, even if the pictures don’t stand out, they may trigger important memories for you. Candid shots of people wearing normal, casual clothes work really well.
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.
While taking a photograph, many factors come into play that will determine if the photo comes out well. If there is too much light when the picture is taken, your photo will come out with a glare. If your camera isn’t focused, your photo will come out blurry. And if your camera is tilted the photo will come out tilted as well. This is why it is always a good idea to take multiple photos of your subject while adjusting with your camera’s settings in order to be sure that you have at least one proper photograph.
Create narrative with your photographs. They need to be able to express and tell a story to the viewer. This can be entirely dependent on what you decide to shoot, but do your best to express a story behind whatever it is. You need to especially make sure that this happens when you have people as subjects.
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.
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.
Take candid shots. Instead of taking posed pictures, try taking pictures of your subject with family at work or doing something they love. When your subject is comfortable they will be more at ease and you will end up getting some unique shots. This works especially well when trying to photograph children.
Take your photo quickly. Be prepared to snap that image before it disappears. Expressions can change, animals will run away, and the mood you associate with a landscape can disappear. It is more important to get a decent picture than to waste the opportunity trying for the perfect shot or camera setting.
In conclusion, you have a love for the art of photography but you do not know the first thing about how to take a good picture. Hopefully, you were able to follow along with the advice provided in this article so that you can take this on as a hobby and start creating your own art.