Everyone wants to be a master photographer. But it’s not as easy as grabbing a camera and shooting a masterpiece. There’s a lot of work photographers put into taking magnificent photos. Below are a few tips and tricks that can give you a leg up on the other amateurs and have you on your way to taking great photos.
Use manual white balance to spice up your photos. It is possible to let the camera decide the proper white balance for a given environment, but sometimes the camera will get it wrong and the photo will look washed out. Using a manual white balance also allows you to take artsy photos with sepia tones, for instance.
Use a diffuser to minimize the negative effects of flash photography. The built-in flash on most cameras produce photos that have a high light-dark contrast, which makes them look harsh and unrealistic. A diffuser diffuses the light from the flash, distributing it more evenly and making your flash photos look more natural.
In photography, make sure that your main focus is on the quality and not the quantity of the pictures that you take. It is always better for you to get ten great shots than one hundred average shots in a day. Quality is always the better choice.
An important photography tip to keep in mind is to always make sure there’s a clear focal point in your photograph. Without a focal point, there won’t be much there to keep the viewer’s interest. Their eyes will just wander and they’ll quickly move on to the next photograph.
When photographing young children, time and patience is your best friend. Children are taught to “say cheese” whenever a camera is focused on them, inevitably creating artificial, fake smiles – or worse. Ideally, a child will become comfortable being photographed when the pressure to “perform” is removed. Simply encourage them to go about their normal activities and then follow them around with your camera, clicking when they naturally smile or are obviously enjoying their surroundings.
Focus on a single subject in your photographs. Pictures will work best with a single, clear point of focus. Setting up a composition that involves multiple subjects can be difficult and can result in a disorganized, cluttered frame. Having a single subject also makes setting your zoom and other settings easier.
When you want to photograph something always look all around you. Even if you are strongly interested by an object you might find something more original right behind you. Think about an atmosphere or an effect that you want rather than an object you are going to build your picture around.
If shooting outside or in an area that is bathed with outdoor lighting, confirm whether or not flash on the subject is appropriate. You want to turn it off if it is bathed in bright sunlight or other really bright conditions. Turn the flash back on when in heavy shadow or darker areas.
In this day and age, you need to know digital photography basics to digitally improve your photos. This means learning the basics of programs like Photoshop. While you should not totally rely on these programs, you can definitely perfect the shots you actually take. After all, you can only control so much when shooting.
When learning photography, at some point you will need to have some kind of professional instruction. Self-teaching can only get you so far. If you are not taking a class on photography, try getting involved in the photography community. Talk to and ask professionals for advice; after all there are no better teachers in the field than actual photographers.
Those are only a few of the tricks out there to help you take amazing photos. But photography isn’t something you will learn over night, so remember these tricks and try them out until you get the hang of them. Before you know it, you’ll be taking professional quality photos!