Are your pictures lacking the quality that you’d like to see? This article has tips to help improve your skill set and help you translate what your eyes see into beautiful pictures you will be proud to show off.
Move in closer to your subject to take a better picture. This allows you to eliminate disruptive backgrounds and frame your subject. If you are taking a portrait, getting closer allows you to notice facial expressions and other details. Little details are often missed when your subject is too far away.
Use digital techniques to create photographs that resemble oil paintings, watercolors, graphic pencil sketches and more. There are many software programs on the market today that can alter photographs in many different ways. Adobe Photoshop is the premier program, but there are many others. You can transform your photos into works of art by using features like “filter”.
You should create depth and perspective when photographing landscapes. Give an idea of the scale by including a subject somewhere in the foreground. Aperture sizes like f/8 on a consumer camera, or f/16 on a professional DSLR, make it so you need not sacrifice foreground sharpness for background sharpness or vice-versa.
Keep your arms close to your sides when you are holding the camera, and hold on to the bottom of your camera. This will help create clear shots with less shaking. Placing your hands under your lens and camera will prevent your camera from being accidentally dropped.
Photography must be enjoyable. It should be an activity performed to allow you to remember a special place, time or event. If taking pictures is fun, you’ll be more excited to learn new skills.
Most modern digital cameras have a flash that automatically deploys when they detect low-light situations. These are convenient for quick photos, but if you are hoping for something a little more professional, consider investing in an external flash unit for a broader range of lighting. Try to get a camera with what is known as a “hot shoe” that can take an external flash, and make sure to ask a professional camera shop if it will sync with the camera.
Consider focusing on your subject, and then moving the camera so the subject is not located in the center of the shot. Having the subject centered in-frame is quite common; such photos are at a disadvantage when it comes to being memorable. Off-centering your subject will make your picture look more unique and interesting.
Take a deep breath, and try to remain as still as possible when pressing the shutter button. Alternatively, use a tripod and/or a shutter release cable. Even a very slight movement can cause motion blur and ruin that perfect shot. Catch yourself before you press the button: hold the camera still and wait to take a breath until after the shot is taken.
While an artistic eye certainly doesn’t hurt, simple knowledge will get you far in photography. If you are just starting out as a photographer, you should gain some inspiration from these tips and tricks.