Mastering the art and science behind photography is an intimidating prospect that requires a combination of training and talent. This is not saying that you have to be born to be a photographer, just that you will need to keep an open mind and learn many different techniques until you find what works for you.
Try things that you think would be interesting and new; don’t be afraid to explore. An original point of view or an original take on an old subject will give you a personal style that attracts attention. Avoid classic pictures that you have seen a thousand times. An unusual angle can be just the thing to express your creativity and create a memorable photograph.
Make sure you have a good sense of depth when shooting landscapes. Create a good sense of scale with the use of a recognized object in your foreground. A small aperture, usually smaller than f/8 in many digital cameras and f/16 for SLR’s, allows greater sharpness throughout the entire picture.
Find other photographers whose work you admire, and look to them 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.
Having sufficient light is important for taking quality photos, but if you are taking photos in bright or direct sunlight, you may end up with bad shots because of too much light. It casts strange shadows and creates glare, also causing uneven highlights; not only that, but subjects squint when looking at the camera. Outdoor shooting is always done best in early mornings or later evenings.
The position that you use when holding your camera can make a big difference on the quality of your pictures. To keep your grip steady, hold your upper arms and elbows close to your sides and brace your hands at the camera’s bottom and sides. Doing so should reduce shaking and lead to clear images. If you place your hands beneath the camera, you will be less likely to drop the camera.
This is a tip you can use in photography. Learn the uses of the different shutter speeds. These are labeled S, A, M an P on your camera. The label “P” is the setting for program mode. This setting has your camera determine your shutter and aperture speeds automatically. If you are not sure what you will shoot, use the “P” setting.
Always make sure you have a fully charged battery before any special event or when you are planning on using the camera. Digital cameras usually use quite a bit of battery power, usually when using LCD screens, so always make sure your battery is fully charged before using the camera. If you are really serious about photography, then you might even want to carry extra batteries in your camera bag, so you never miss anything good.
Clearly, talent is helpful when aspiring to become a great photographer, but time, patience and careful study will also produce excellent results. Producing great pictures requires thought and planning. It’s about capturing feelings and art present in everything around you so you can keep it forever.