Your reputation as a photographer will suffer if you take substandard photographs. There are a few tips in this guide that can help you improve your photography techniques.
Truly unique pictures are often the result of trying new ideas and experimenting. A great picture should show the world a unique point of view, and exhibit unmistakable personal style. Don’t take the same pictures you’ve seen everywhere over and over millions of times. You can create great photos by using different angles and adding your creative touch.
Adjust the white balance on your camera manually when possible. Light bulbs generally cause a yellow color in photos when you take them indoors. Rather than changing your room’s lighting, you can change the white balance of your camera. This can help your photos appear more professional.
If you want to be ready when the perfect shot presents itself, make sure you keep your batteries charged. You should always load your digital camera with fully-charged batteries, because it can be a real energy hog, especially when you use the LCD screen. Since you’ll be taking a lot of pictures, you should probably bring a back-up set of batteries, too.
Find the right subject to photograph. You always need good subjects, it doesn’t matter how talented you are or how good your gear is. Find a subject that brings you inspiration, whether it be a model or an object.
Consider enrolling in a photography group, or team up to take shots with a photographer who shares your interests. You will gain a lot of knowledge from others, but don’t let their ways rub off onto your photographs. Taking time to compare the photographs that you took will help you to see how different people can interpret images differently.
Reverting to using a film camera can allow you to take photos that give a retro impression. If this is what you want, you may find a good film camera at a garage sale or thrift store. For dramatic effect, choose black-and-white film with an ISO rating of 200, which will work in most situations. After getting the film developed, consider having prints made onto a variety of papers, including fiber-based papers.
Many times in life, we receive the training that things must be centered and even. In a society that values perfection, it can seem logical to frame your photos with the subject perfectly framed in the center, but you should actually try placing the subject off-center for a more interesting shot. Also, be aware of auto-focusing features that zoom in on what is centered in front of the camera lens. Focus manually, and lock focus just before shooting the picture.
In most instances, your subject will be looking right at the camera. For a unique look to your photos, have the subject look away from the camera as though they are interested in something out of view. You could also have them focus on an item that is within the frame of the picture.
Is taking pictures where the subject has been rained upon something you need to do? You can create some rain in your shots even if the weather is not cooperating by using a simple spray bottle filled with water. Just give your subject a few spritzes for that freshly rained upon look.
Every time you change something, be it the background or subject, you should take multiple shots just for practice. Practice shots can give you the confidence you need to take the best photos, even in unfamiliar situations. Lighting conditions change often, so just in case, take additional practice photos in between the pictures that you want to use.
Experiment with silhouettes. Most use the sunset for a silhouette, but there are other ways to accomplish this too. If the difference in lighting between the subject and background is significant, with the background being brighter, it will create a silhouette. To create a perfect silhouette, you can either use a off camera flash in back of the subject or the subject can be placed by a window that is bright. Keep in mind, however, that silhouettes could also reveal a facial or body outline that is less than flattering.
Poor photography can be very troublesome, but with some research and some practice, you can do it. Educating yourself and asking your photographer friends for advice is the sure way to improve your skills. Try applying these tips to start exploring the artistic possibilities of photography.