In order to start taking great photos, you need to learn the basics. If you learn as much as you can, you will be better able to avoid mistakes and missing important shots.
Skies that are overcast should be avoided in photographs. Your pictures can appear dull and lifeless if they capture too much of a gray sky in the background. If you cannot exclude the overcast sky from your shots, you may want to consider taking black and white photos. If it is a nice day outside, put as much of the blue sky in your pictures as you would like, but be careful with the lighting.
When shooting landscape pictures, cultivate depth in your shots. Shooting a person in front of the landscape will provide perspective and scale to your picture. 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.
This next piece of advice is helpful! Take the time to learn the ins and outs of shutter speed. There are a number of useful options that are labeled with capital letters. The P setting is your program mode. The program mode allows you to set up the shutter speed and the aperture automatically. If you have no idea what settings you want, “P” is a safe choice!
Use care when packing your photography equipment in trip preparation. Take all different kinds of lenses, and make sure you take cleaning accessories and enough batteries. But don’t pack too much here. Only take the equipment that you will need. Anything else runs the risk of getting lost or damaged.
Find the right subject to photograph. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are, or how great your equipment is, you need a great subject to photograph. Choose things that are inspiring or look for someone who can be a model.
Find a good balance between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Those three things affect your picture’s exposure. Unless you’re trying for a particular effect, you probably want to avoid taking shots that are over- or under-exposed. Experimentation with these features and how they work together will lead you to the perfect combination.
Master photographers agree, less IS more. You should not add too much to your pictures, or you will run the risk that they will look cluttered. Simplicity is sometimes more beautiful, and mastering the ability to know when can transcend your photos to a new level.
Typically, our mind like to see things ordered in a very even and centered way. Perfection is valued in our society, and rightfully so, but when it comes to creating interesting photographs, try pointing your camera in a way that puts your subject slightly off-center. Be wary of your camera’s auto-focus feature as it will simply focus on whatever is directly in the middle of the lens. You can use the manual focus to center the picture the way you want it, then take the photo.
Improving your photography skills can be quite easy as this article demonstrated. After you learn photography techniques and devote time to practice, your skills will consistently improve over time. The investment you put into your skills will pay off in the form of better photos in the future.