Most people love dabbling in photography. What people don’t realize, however, is that all photographs you see in reputable publications, have been taken by professional photographers, who dedicate huge amounts of time and effort into their art. Below are a few of the tricks that photographers use to get good quality shots.
To improve the quality of your picture, decrease the distance between your camera and your subject. Getting in nice and tight allows your subject to fill the frame, which minimizes distractions. It also highlights your subject’s facial expressions, which are important to a great portrait. If your subject is not close, you tend to miss many of the little details.
Choose what will be in your shot. Imagine a window through which you see only a selected portion of the subject. Do not show that much. If you want to give a more general impression of something, take a series of pictures, rather than a single photograph with no real focus or details.
Try new things, and don’t fear trying new techniques. That’s the best way to develop your own style and allow others to see the world from your perspective. There are many classic photographs that depict their subject in the same way. Don’t let yourself fall into that category. Using your creative skills, try using some fresh angles.
Contrary to popular belief, gorgeous, sunny days are a photographer’s worst nightmare. You can’t take proper photographs if you or your subject is standing directly in the sun’s path. One or both of you will be uncomfortable, and the sun’s glare can make your subject difficult to see in the finished photograph. It casts strange shadows and creates glare, also causing uneven highlights; not only that, but subjects squint when looking at the camera. Always pick early morning or later in the evening to take photos outside.
When choosing which of your photos to show others, choose the ones of which you are the most proud. Resist the urge to show people every photo, especially multiple shots of the same person or subject. It might bore people if you keep showing the same photo multiple times. Change things up regularly, and pick some unusual shots to show.
You want the background to be slightly blurred when taking photographs of people. If the background is just as in focus as the subject, it takes the eye away from where you the viewer should be looking. An easy way to do this is to make sure that there is a larger distance between the subject and the background.
If you plan to travel, make sure to pack any photography equipment thoughtfully. Take cleaning equipment and back-up batteries, as well as all the lenses you expect to make use of. Don’t forget to keep in mind any limitations you have regarding space, and do not pack more equipment than you think you will need.
Pre-focus your camera and proceed to move to the side a bit so as to offset the main subject from the center of the lens. Centering photos is expected and not very unique. Try off-centering your shots to make your subject appear more interesting to the viewer.
One thing you will need to learn is to be absolutely still when you snap your photos. Even taking a breath can blur the photo. The slightest motion can wreak havoc on your image. If you have to, give yourself a few seconds to get in a comfortable spot and stand still.
Before photographing a wedding, try taking some unusual pictures of the setup, like a flower, or a makeup bag. You might be able to capture some very special moments in the meantime.
There’s a myth that white is an excellent color to wear for photos, but this is false. Most cameras automatically focus their subject and read different shades of colors present in the photograph. White clothing will almost always get “washed out” in these photographs.
Explore silhouettes during your next photography session. One of the most common ways to generate a silhouette is by using the sunset. However, other methods do exist. A silhouette will appear if the background is a lot brighter than the subject. Using an “off” camera flash behind your subject or using a bright window behind them can create your perfect silhouette. Just keep in mind that the outline may cause an unflattering feature on your subject to be highlighted.
Red-eye, while seemingly a tiny flaw, can make a photo appear un-frame worthy. Red eye can be avoided by staying away from using the flash, or having your subject look away from the camera if flash is a necessity. You may also find a red eye reduction program built into the camera’s software.
Experiment with your camera, different subjects and lighting styles. It won’t take long before you notice improvement with your photos.