Are you ready to make your ideas come to life? Do you actually know how and where to begin? Do you know how to make your shots work? Do some research and experiment with your camera’s features to find out what works well.
Don’t miss the perfect shot because you don’t have any charged batteries. When you use the LCD on your camera or the flash, your camera drains power quickly. If not fully charged, you may miss out on some great shots. Another good idea is to carry a set of spare batteries for your camera with you so that you never miss a shot.
Take down notes whenever you are taking pictures. When you look at your hundreds of shot, it could be difficult to remember where they were taken or your feelings at that time. Use a notepad to write down photo descriptions as well as the file name or number of the photo.
Digital cameras automatically adjust for low light situations by using flash components. These are convenient for quick photos, but if you are hoping for something a little more professional, consider investing in an external flash unit for a broader range of lighting. Buy your camera and flash unit at the same time to ensure compatibility.
When you finally have a great shot in the viewfinder and are about to push that shutter, be still and hold your breath. You could ruin your shot by accidentally moving. Catch yourself before you press the button: hold the camera still and wait to take a breath until after the shot is taken.
If you are taking pictures of subjects near fluorescent lighting, you’ll need to manually set the white balance to correct for the tinting effect this causes. Subjects will not look their best under the harsh light from fluorescent bulbs, so adjust the color settings on your camera.
Try out different approaches to scale, expressions and perspectives. Even an ordinary object can be transformed into a work of art if its setting makes it appear dramatically magnified or diminished in size or placed in a situation that is humorous or unique. Take everyday objects out of the mundane by composing them in your shots in an unusual way.
You can use small items to set the scene when you are photographing a wedding. You could select a close-up of the bouquets waiting on the table for an example. You might also get some amazing photos.
When evaluating a potential scene for your photos, see if you can find patterns to make it more interesting. Patterns are rather interesting to ponder in a photograph. Sometimes, you can even integrate the pattern into your shot, either by taking it at a new angle or perspective, adding a dynamic element.
You should take time to properly frame every shot. It doesn’t have to be just a metal or a wooden frame, you can use a more natural one as well. Look really closely at the subject of your shot. Are there any elements around it that can be used to create a frame to enhance it? This will help you practice creating compositions.
Your image sensor settings (ISO) can help you get very good shots if you know how to work with them. If not, they can sabotage your pictures quickly. The more the ISO is the higher you can view, that means all aspects of the photo. If this is not an effect you are consciously aiming for, visible grain can make your photo look awful.
Are you ready now? Are you now capable of finding a good starting position for your portfolio? Do you know how to make a great shot? By answering these questions, you can take the next step and create great photographs. You have built a solid foundation of knowledge, and now it is time to get out there and shoot!