There is more to photography than merely capturing an image in a well lit setting. Creating beautiful photos with a camera is a form of art. This art form has a lot of different techniques. You will want to look for things that are interesting and appealing to the eye, and pay attention to detail. Here are some tips to help you.
Find other photographers whose work you admire, and look to them for inspiration. Viewing others’ work will help you remember that capturing a moment can be done in so many different ways.
Contrary to popular belief, gorgeous, sunny days are a photographer’s worst nightmare. You can’t take proper photographs if you or your subject is standing directly in the sun’s path. One or both of you will be uncomfortable, and the sun’s glare can make your subject difficult to see in the finished photograph. It can cause a number of negative effects on your photos, including shadows, squinting subjects and uneven highlights. If possible, try to choose late evening or early morning light when taking pictures outdoors.
When taking pictures of people, make sure that the background is slightly blurred. If you focus less on the background and more on your subject, you’ll find that the focus will be directly on them. This loss of focus is achievable by increasing the distance between the person and the background.
Take pictures of people. You must always seek permission first. If you are on a vacation and taking tons of photos, you can look back at them later and reminisce about particular events and times that are memorable. Many times the people in the photos do not seem particularly important or noticeable at the time you snap the picture, the reason you frame the shot to begin with will be clear when you look back at them. Find casual clothing and candid expression.
Practice makes perfect, so buy the largest memory card you can for you camera, and enable yourself to take a plethora of practice shots. If you have a memory card that is large enough, you will never worry about being able to store additional photos on your card. An added benefit of a larger memory card is that you will be able to shoot in RAW (if your camera has this capability). The RAW format preserves more details than JPEG and allows for a lot of flexibility once you get into post-production.
Find a good balance between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. All of these features will work to determine the exposure for your picture. Both overexposed and underexposed pictures should always be avoided, unless you are going for that particular effect. If you try out the different features and how they work together you can find what works best for you!
When you take photos in fluorescent lighting, change the white balance so it looks clearer. Fluorescent lights cast blue and green light, so your subjects might appear a cooler hue than you expect, unless you compensate for lack of the color red with your camera.
As you can see, photography is much more complicated than most people give it credit for. Following these guidelines will allow you to improve the impact and interest of your photographs.