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Photography Made Easy: Learn To Take Great Photos

Learn To Take Great Photos

Are you prepared to begin creating your own concepts for photography? Do you have some basic knowledge to begin applying your photography concepts? Have you explored what techniques work best for your pictures?

If you can’t answer the above questions with an affirmative “yes,” then read the below article to provide you with some needed assistance.

1. Purpose

You should have a certain idea of what your picture will be used for before you take it. For example, should it be shot horizontally or vertically? After the picture is taken, you can always edit it on your computer. You can crop your picture or change the colours and light very easily. However, you should aim to get your picture right on the first attempt.

2. Composition

It’s important to ensure the balance within the composition of your photographs is on point. If you pay attention to how your setting will work within the confines of the photograph, you can create gallery-quality prints. If you end up with some distracting images, use photographic editing software to crop your image.

3. Creativity

Limit yourself to ensure that each photograph you take is creative. You might want to decide to only take pictures of “sweet” things, for example. Take that goal one step further, by taking 100 different and unique photos of the same subject, or in confined quarters. By restricting yourself this way, you can force more creativity from a limited source.

4. Practice

If you don’t practice though, you can’t ever get better. Now that digital photography is mainstream, there is no need to be afraid to take lots and lots of pictures in order gain experience. Since you don’t have to worry about wasting film or paying to develop photos, you can learn through experimentation as much as you like.

5. Subject

The first step of any good photograph is finding a suitable subject. You could have wonderful equipment, excellent skill in composition and the technical end of photography, but without a good subject, you won’t have a good picture. Choose your subject carefully, whether its a model who can pose or just a still object.

6. People

If you are taking photos of people, like families, couples or a group, be sure to give them some advice about what to wear before picture day. While it is unnecessary for everyone to match, your photos will turn out nicer if everyone is wearing complementary colors. Suggest clothing in neutral colors or warm shades because they will blend best with natural backgrounds or settings. If your subject wants to wear a bright color, try pairing them with something neutral so it does not clash.

7. Objects

When photographing objects you should get as physically close as you can to the object. Close physical proximity to the focus object will allow you to have that object fill the image. This method will work very well with objects like flowers. Utilize the zoom feature on your camera if you cannot physically get close to the object. Even a beautiful, scenic background can detract from your subject. When the subject is close, details appear more engaging and visible.

8. Close-Up

Get closer to your subject. When you want to frame a shot, either zoom into the subject or get closer to it. Really try to fill your camera’s frame with only your subject. If your pictures seem busy and lacking a focus, it may be because people don’t know where to look. As you get closer, new details will also appear on your subject.

9. Snapshots

When you are travelling, take small snapshots of intricate details. These small details may seem unimportant at the time, but they will add colour and completeness later, when reflecting back. They will bring back your good memories of the trip. Take pictures of street signs, strange products sold in stores or even small objects, like coins or bus tickets.

10. White Balance

Use the manual white balance when taking your photographs. Doing this will have a huge affect on the mood your pictures will have, and will give you more control over how each photograph will look. It takes some practice to get things right, but you can be more creative with your photos when you utilize manual white balance.

11. Lighting

While mobile phone cameras are now better in quality, you still have to be careful of issues with lighting. Most of the time, cameras in cell phones don’t have any flash available, so you will need to make good use of your available light. If you zoom in close, you will eliminate excess shadows and sunspots. When shooting photographs outdoors, lighting is the main element. A divine photo can be tarnished with lighting that is too dark or bright. The sun should be at your back, and your subject in a shaded location. These small changes can produce the best lighting and beautiful photos.

12. External Flash

Digital cameras almost always have a built-in flash that will go off when the external light is too dim. These are great for a quick snapshot, but if you want to take your photos to the next level, consider a professional external flash unit to provide a better range of lighting options. For this option to work, verify that your camera carries a “hot shoe” for accommodating the flash unit. A professional camera shop can help you find the right unit that will sync to your camera.

13. Batteries

Make sure your batteries are always charged so that you never miss an incredible shot. Using the LCD on a digital camera drains the batteries, so always ensure that the battery is fully charged before leaving the house. It is also a good idea to carry around spare batteries. This way you will never miss out on a great shot.

14. Lithium Batteries

Don’t purchase a camera that needs lithium batteries if you plan on travelling with it. Airline safety regulations no longer allow passengers to store loose batteries in their luggage because there is a possibility that the batteries pose a safety risk. However, lithium batteries that are in your camera should be able to be carried on board.

15. Camera Guide

Be aware of whether or not your photos are over or underexposed. Consult your camera’s instruction guide for information on accurately reading its histogram. It measures the exposure of each shot and will let you know if it is over or under-exposed so that you can prevent that next time.

16. Software

Purchase or download free photo editing software, and play around with it. You’ll find that even professional photographers are using software to make their photographs better, and you can use the same products they’re taking advantage of. A few quick touch-ups may be the only difference between an acceptable photo and one that makes viewers gasp in awe. with only a few simple touch-ups.

You should now have a better idea of the steps you can take to improve your photography skills so you are taking better quality pictures every time.

Come back any time to review the article and brush up on new skills. Keep at it to produce artistic photographs!

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