Knowing how to take really good photographs is a life skill that many people aspire to, but some may wonder if they really have the aptitude to learn the proper techniques. It is important to keep in mind that it is especially helpful to learn anything and everything possible about setting up your shot. These tips can help you gain the knowledge you need.
Stand close to your subjects to take better pictures. This will help you frame your subject, and block out disruptive backgrounds. If you are shooting a person, getting closer also allows to capture their facial expressions with greater clarity. Those small, yet important details are often lost when you’re standing too far away.
When taking photos of people, your subject will stand out best against a background that is a little blurred. When you don’t blur the background, it becomes harder for a viewer to focus on the subject. This loss of focus is achievable by increasing the distance between the person and the background.
Take pictures of anything and everything on trips. While they may not seem that important at the time, when you get home and start to reflect on your trip, having these smaller memories will be great. Consider photographing things like signs on the street, odd storefronts, tickets to a museum or the food sold by street vendors.
When you are photographing a particular subject, move around it. Experiment with taking a picture above and below your subject, as well as moving off to the side.
Consider becoming a member of a photography group, or make friends with another budding photographer. You could learn a lot from other people, but do not let their style influence your pictures. Compare your pictures to the ones your friends took to see how one subject can be seen differently.
If you would like to attempt film-based photography, you can easily get a suitable camera from a thrift store. You can use ISO 200 black-and-white film to get a great balance between versatility and dramatic results. Try having prints made on different papers, like fiber-based papers.
One way to foster creativity in your photography is to impose limitations on yourself. You could restrict yourself to taking pictures intended to represent one concept (like “sweetness”) all day, for instance. From one viewpoint, shoot around 100 photos. These strict limits will force you to try new ideas and think creatively.
Whenever you are going somewhere new, get some ideas for taking pictures. To get an idea of the picturesque local sites, visit a shop with a postcard rack. Local subjects and attractions featured on postcards are likely memorable and distinctive enough to be worth your photographic attention.
Now that you’re more knowledgeable about photography, take what you’ve learned and apply it to your shoots. The knowledge is useless unless you apply it to your picture taking.