Take Better Pictures – Follow These 5 Tops Tips
Quality pictures are more important than the number you take
Tip 1. Quality over quantity
A famous photographer once said he wasn’t much good but after his first 1000 rolls of film, he just got lucky. Today it costs nothing to take pictures on digital, in many ways this is great but it has a flip side. Because there is no cost associated people skip what its commonly know as the pre visualization stage.
Limit the photographs you take to 36 on an outing and cover your camera’s screen. This will force you to compose the images in your head rather than in the camera. This extra discipline will work wonders for you composition and the way you think about photography.
Tip 2. Shoot in RAW File Format
If you can shoot in raw format: use it. Shooting in jpeg means your images will have limited potential in post production. Shooting uncompressed will allow you to use programs such as Aperture and Lightroom to their full potential and achieve much more exciting results in post-production.
Tip 3. Use Your Angles
New photographers don’t tend to play with viewpoint and angles. if you always shoot from norma head height, how are you going to achieve something new and unusual?
If you really want to take great pictures you need to show the viewer something exciting; explore the world of angles.
Tip 4: Understand Lenses
Every lens length or focal length affects the perspective of your image. There are three different types of lenses: long ones, short ones and standard. Long lenses are referred to as telephoto lenses, short lenses are referred to as wide angle lenses. A lens that is neither is referred to as a standard lens.
When the focal length is the same as the diagonal dimension of the film or sensor plane it a standard lens. So full frame or 35mm means a standard lens length of 50mm, a shorter lens, for example 35mm, will be a wide angle lens and anything longer for example 90mm is a long lens or telephoto.
Wide angle lenses provide a wider field of view but exaggerate visible distance within an image effectively increasing perspective.
Long lenses allow you photograph distant subjects providing a narrow but magnified field of view, effectively doing the opposite to a wide lens, that is compressing perspective within an image
Your choice of focal length also affects the distance two objects within an image can be in focus; the longer the lens the shorter your distance of focus.
If you are going to shoot a portrait you would most likely choose a long lens, for a landscape a shorter lens would be more appropriate.
Tip 5: Your Critics Can Improve Your Pictures
The images you’ve taken are just that – images. Learn to use the feedback you receive from your family, friends and people online to improve the images you’re yet to take. Try not to get defensive and be open minded, everyone with a pair of eyes has a valid opinion and you’ll gain hugely from other people’s feedback.
Now get out your camera and go and take some pictures.