Photography is a special hobby in that not only can you enjoy it for its sake by taking pictures of scenery, but you can also make a profession of it. Many people want someone who can through photography preserve memories. This article will offer tips to bring your photography up to par.
Consider how the viewer’s eye will follow the shot. Good shots have at least one point that will focus the viewer’s initial attention. Better shots have multiple points of interest that act as a virtual tour of the photo. Example include a defined skyline, lines on a road, or items in the foreground that stretch into the background.
The foreground is much more noticeable than the background in a photograph. Add some interesting elements or colors to your foreground to create a better frame for your landscape.
When photographing portraits, isolate your subject. Use a medium telephoto lens or the medium telephoto setting on your zoom. That, combined with a large aperture (try f/4 or larger), blurs the foreground and background. Focus on the eyes. Use diffused lighting for a flattering look. If outdoors, wait for an overcast sky or shoot with the subject in the shadows and the sun at your back.
Along with taking shots of people, objects, nature and animals, also take pictures of your souvenirs when you travel. You can take a photo of the item in the store you bought it from, or put it in a location which will show both the beauty of the terrain and the local culture. This is a great way to capture memories and remember where you might have purchased a certain item from.
When setting up for a shot, keep in mind that less, often times, is more in photography. You don’t need to overdo your photo elements. Simple is elegant and artistic.
Always pay close attention to the natural light in the environment. Whenever you take photos outdoors, you should try and shoot either early in the morning or later in the evening. Avoid casting shadows that may darken your photographs. If you do use sunlight, position your photo so that the sun is hitting the subject from the side.
If possible, avoid using the flash that you find on most cameras nowadays. It tends to give the subject ‘red eye’, and it removes a lot of the shadow that can create depth in a picture. If you have to use a flash, such as an indoor nighttime shot, keep your subject away from walls. This way you won’t end up with an ugly black shadow that resembles an outline.
When you are taking a picture, your arms should be close to your sides. This will help keep the camera still and ensure that your picture turns out clear and crisp. Your non-dominant hand should also be under the camera lens to hold it steady as you snap the picture.
As stated in the introduction, photography is a very unique hobby. It affords the hobbyist a chance to make a profession, and to preserve memories for people. With a little guidance one can go from simple daytime picture taker to master photographer. This article offered some tips to help with that transition.…