What a great decision! With so much information available, it can be hard to know where to start. To get off on the right foot, simply start out by following these simple tips.
Choose carefully what will show in your photograph. Imagine a window through which you see only a selected portion of the subject. Do not try showing too much. You may need to make a collage of photographs in order to convey the general impression of your subject, rather than using a single generic shot.
Play around with shutter speeds to determine which work best during what situations. Photography lets you capture moments in a split-second and allows you to blur together time periods that are large. Lighting quick shutter speeds are great for sports shots with lots of action, while slow shutter speeds are nice for landscapes without a lot of movement.
Viewers usually look at the foreground more than anything, while photographers check the landscape and background. Be sure your foreground is well composed so that your picture will be strikingly framed and create a great illusion of depth.
As you take photographs, also take notes. While sorting through your photos afterwards, there may be so many shots that you find yourself having trouble remembering exact details or emotions during that moment. Use a notepad to record brief descriptions of shots as you take them and note each picture’s number next to its description.
You need not stand directly in front of an object to photograph it. Find different, interesting angles to make the subject more interesting.
When shooting a picture, judge the surroundings and choose the right aperture, shutter speed and ISO. These three features determine the exposure of your picture. Avoid overexposed pictures or underexposed ones unless you are looking for a particular atmosphere. The best way to learn more about these aspects is to experiment with them, this will help you learn how they interact together.
Consider purchasing a film camera if you enjoy the sentimental feeling that old photographs provide. Use black-and-white film that has an ISO value of 200 for dramatic photographs. Try having prints made on different papers, like fiber-based papers.
In most parts of life, we are trained to make things even and centered. Though an even, centered approach to life can be good in many areas – when considering photography, off-centered can sometimes be the best approach. Also, be aware of auto-focusing features that zoom in on what is centered in front of the camera lens. You can use the manual focus to center the picture the way you want it, then take the photo.
Experiment with different perspectives, scale and photographic expression. An otherwise ordinary subject can appear quite artful if placed in an environment where it appears drastically disproportionate in size or humorously out of place. Spend some time on your images so that you can shoot a distinct image of an otherwise ordinary object.
Now, you should have some new techniques to try out on your next pictures. Implementing new ideas into your process helps to keep your photographs fresh and dynamic. Your photography will improve with practice and your photographs will begin to become works of art.