Photography is equal parts science and art, with skills and vision playing crucial roles in the final results. Whether you are content with an amateur’s level of photographic skills or you aspire to be the next Ansel Adams, these tips will take you one step further in understanding the process.
Take successive photos of your subject if there is a chance that it might move. Certain subjects, such as wild animals, won’t just wait patiently for you to take your photo. In this case, take one shot quickly so that you have something to work with. Then, if the subject hasn’t moved, take more shots with better positioning and composition.
In order to produce the best and clearest photographs, you should use a tripod. A tripod allows you to stabilize the camera, so that your photos are in better focus. This is especially important if you are using a high-zoom lens or shooting at night, since small changes in the camera’s position will result in major blurring.
When you are taking landscape photos, consider the sky. If the sky is rather bland and boring, do not let it dominate the photo. If the sky is lit up with wonderful colors (especially during sunrise, sunset or a storm) it is okay to let the sky dominate the photo.
Framing the subject in a photo is very important. If an object is distracting from the subject in your photo, remove it from the photograph. Zooming in is an effective way to accomplish this. This method can help eliminate any unnecessary focal points and prevent tons of clutter in your pictures.
Do not use the flash on a camera unless you are in a darker location. Using a flash outdoors in a location that already has a lot of light will just make your picture come out too bright. Some cameras have an automatic flash setting so that your camera knows when the flash is needed.
Natural light will always provide you with the highest quality photos. Cloudy days are actually better for shooting than sunny ones, because the clouds act as a natural diffuser, spreading the light out and eliminating shadows and harsh contrasts. Opt for your next photo shoot outside on an overcast day.
Keeping your camera very steady is the key in shooting images that are crisp and very sharp. Many cameras have an automatic stabilizer built right into it to allow for some leeway. If you are still having problems keeping your camera steady, invest in some kind of a tripod.
Although it may seem obvious, but know how to handle your camera and what happens when you press the buttons on it. Understand what happens when the shutter button is pressed and the timing of the shutter. It really depends on personal preference and there is no right or wrong way, but some things do not vary like keeping the camera perfectly still while taking a photo.
By learning more about photographic technique through these tips, you are on track to a better artistic understanding of photography. You can never be busy good to pick up a camera and get some practice shots in the portfolio. This will help you continually learn, as well as grab great photographs that you might have otherwise missed.