Would you like to improve your photograph’s quality but are not sure how? If you keep reading on, you will discover a wealth of information to help develop your skills as a photographer.
Keep your pictures relatively simple. A good image should be straightforward and easy to interpret and appreciate. It is important to take meaningful pictures, but in most cases your pictures will say more if you focus on a detail rather than put together a complex composition that might not strike people as much.
Hold your camera properly. You should hold it on one side and use your other hand to support the lens. Place your hand under the lens instead of over it. When you place your hands this way, you are supporting the camera instead of applying pressure, which could make your pictures blurry.
Remember that photography is a good activity to practice alone. Your friends might get impatient and rush you while you are composing your pictures. If you have friends who enjoy taking pictures, do not let their vision influence your own compositions. The social aspect of photography comes later when you can look at your pictures with your friends.
Do not rely on your equipment or on editing too much. Expensive equipment can make every picture look great, but the artistic quality of a piece still depends on your creativity. You can take great pictures from an artistic point of view with an extremely cheap camera as long as you create something original.
If shooting outside or in an area that is bathed with outdoor lighting, confirm whether or not flash on the subject is appropriate. You want to turn it off if it is bathed in bright sunlight or other really bright conditions. Turn the flash back on when in heavy shadow or darker areas.
Are you aware of the “magic hours” in photography? This time period refers to the times of day known as dusk and dawn. These magical times create very soft and warm lighting conditions. There is only 45 minutes around sunrise and sunset to add this beautiful light to your shots, so plan accordingly.
Giving yourself some limitations can help you be more creative. You could restrict yourself to taking pictures intended to represent one concept (like “sweetness”) all day, for instance. Don’t allow yourself to quit until you have shot one-hundred different pictures that are focusing on this same concept. These strict limits will force you to try new ideas and think creatively.
Try to find interesting ways to frame your shots. Instead of using metal and wood frames, make an attempt to use natural framing for the shot. If you look hard enough when trying to take a picture, you can use neighboring elements to create “natural frames” for your subject matter. This is called composition, and you will need to develop this skill.
Taking great photos does require a natural talent for artistry, but education is also a key factor in photography. What follows are several ideas that anyone interested in photography should consider so that they have a foundation on which to begin their interests.