It’s always important to learn some tips to improve your skills as a photographer. With practice and knowledge you will be able to avoid common mistakes everyone commits when they begin with photography.
Snap pictures with a sense of urgency. If you delay your shot, you might miss the perfect moment or lose your subject entirely. The quicker you can take photos, the better.
Try not to capture an overcast sky when taking pictures. If too much gray sky is in your picture, it will look muted and bland. Black and white photography may work better if you must shoot into an overcast sky. 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 you are choosing which photographs you want to display, look at each picture you have taken and only choose your favorites. You do not want to show every picture, or too many with the same subject. Seeing the same things repeatedly can become boring. Try to keep your photography fresh and unique.
Pictures of people are great. It’s important and often legal that you gain permission before taking someone’s picture. Pictures like these help you to find more vivid memories when you look back, even if at the time the people seemed unremarkable. Try capturing natural expressions and everyday clothing.
Larger Memory Card
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. A larger memory card will allow you to take as many pictures as you need without worrying about running out of space on the card. An added benefit of a larger memory card is that you will be able to shoot in RAW (if your camera has this capability). The RAW format preserves more details than JPEG and allows for a lot of flexibility once you get into post-production.
It might seem like a beginner’s tip, but even pros forget that sometimes less is more. When dealing with any photo, don’t over-think things. You can actually overshadow your intended subject when there is too much going on in the rest of the photograph. There is beauty in the art of simplicity, so keep your shots simple!
The lighting will have a huge effect on the outcome of your photos. Choose a time when the sun remains lower in the sky, such as the morning or the afternoon. If your subjects are human, they will inevitably squint into direct sunlight, and shadows will have the potential for ruining your images. Use sunlight, candlelight and artificial light to see how each affects the subject of your photographs.
If you are taking pictures of more than one person, think about talking to them about their attire before the shoot. It’s not necessary for them to wear colors that match exactly, but it will look much better in the final picture if they are wearing complementary hues. Warm and neutral colors will be most attractive for pictures in natural environments. If they prefer bolder shades of color, then recommend adding black to the mix in order to blend multiple hues.
Though you might feel tempted to use the lowest setting on your digital camera, make sure you understand the consequences of your action. If you do not plan to print your pictures and will only view them on your computer, it is acceptable to shoot images in lower resolution.
For more creative photos, experiment with unorthodox angles. It takes no special skill to simply point and shoot a photo head-on. Instead, try a shot looking down on the scene or looking up at the subject from ground level. You could also consider taking sideways or diagonal shots to make them more interesting.
It is possible to make any subject more interesting by shooting from another angle, adjusting the camera settings or utilizing alternative lighting. Be sure to test out these ideas before you take your picture so that you have a better idea of how they will affect your shot.
Use shutter speeds creatively. Many photographers, especially those using a camera’s auto settings, use the fastest shutter speed for the available light to freeze all moving action in the picture, but slower speeds such a 1/30 can create interesting effects. See that bicyclist speeding by? With a slower shutter speed, you will get a sharp image of the subject with a background that expresses speed due to a horizontal streaking effect.
As you’ve seen, it’s not that difficult to improve your photography skills. All you need to do is keep learning and practicing with consistency and dedication. This will be worth it and you’ll see it in your future shots.