Would you like to turn your hobby into art? By utilizing the techniques you will read about in the following paragraphs, you can make the switch from an everyday mundane photographer, to a true artist. Use the advice offered here to take your photography from average to amazing.
Make sure you have a good sense of depth when shooting landscapes. Put a person in the foreground to get the sense of scale of the surroundings. Choosing an aperture that is small — no larger than f/8 on a consumer level digital camera or f/16 on an SLR using a full-frame sensor — will keep everything from the background to the foreground sharp.
There are great photographers you can look to for inspiration. You will stimulate your creativity and reach out for new ways a moment can be captured by seeing some of the methods other photographers have used.
Play with the manual white balance feature. When you are taking photos inside, many times your pictures will end up looking a little yellow from the light bulbs. Instead of taking the time to relight the entire room, adjust white balance and use your camera to create a whole new atmosphere. This will give your photo’s a more professional looking appearance.
When you go on a trip, begin your picture taking adventure right from the start. You needn’t wait to arrive at your destination to start snapping photos. The trip getting there and back also offers shots that will preserve the whole experience of the trip. Document the journey; you may be able to find some interesting things at an airport.
If you want to be able to take great photos, take lots of them. You’ll need a memory card large enough to hold them all. Optimizing your storage capacity will ensure that you do not waste time changing memory cards or choosing shots to delete during a session. If you have a good memory card, you can also shoot with RAW format.
Take down notes whenever you are taking pictures. It can be hard to keep track of where your photographs were taken, or what you were feeling when it was shot. Use a small notepad, just make sure that you write down what number the picture is in your notes.
Don’t restrict yourself to taking pictures of your subject from only one angle. Be creative and reposition your shots so that you can experiment with different angles. Whether you settle on shooting from above, below, the right or left, experiment, or take shots from each angle to decide post-shooting.
If you are attracted to the old-fashioned feel and look of the photos taken by film-based cameras, you can buy a film-camera at a discount price through a second-hand store and give it a try. You can use ISO 200 rated black and white film to get some very dramatic looking photographs. Once you develop your film, try printing it on different paper styles, including ones that are fiber-based.
The use of light, shutter speed and your camera’s zoom option can alter the appearance of your photograph completely. Learn to portray your world through photography by experimenting with lighting techniques, focus control and creative composition.