Everyone has a story to tell, and a growing number of people are turning to photography as a tool for either self-expression or recording the important moments in life. As a science that has grown and changed considerably with the advance of technology, it is important to stay informed with tips from those who are experienced and knowledgeable in the field.
Don’t rely on your camera’s zoom. Get a close as possible before you start to use your zoom. Zooming in can be helpful, but after a while the picture can get distorted. You’re better off getting as close to the subject as you can before you try to zoom in on it.
Pay attention to your light. The lighting in a photograph can bring a subject into better focus or change the mood of the picture. Different lighting setups will result in very different photographs. Avoid harsh direct lighting on your subject’s face, as this will generally cause them to squint.
Overcast skies can present problems when you are taking pictures, so exclude them from the image frame. Capturing an excess of gray sky in your image can cause your pictures to look washed-out and muted. However, if you are shooting in black and white, an overcast sky can make a beautiful photo. A clear blue sky is always lovely in a photo, but adjust your settings to account for bright light.
One of the best ways for you to learn about photography is to study examples of how to hold your camera and work your subject during photo shoots. In addition, you can talk to someone who has been in photography for a long time to gain valuable insight on your craft.
To avoid red eyes in your photographs, make sure that your camera either has built in red eye reduction or you change the direction of your flash. If you did shoot a photo and it contains red eyes, you can easily remove them through the use of a graphics software such as Corel or Photoshop.
Shoot during the “golden hours,” especially if you are shooting human subjects. The time around dawn and dusk are named “golden hours” because the hue of the light makes objects look like they are glowing. This light also complements human skin, making human subjects appear to look better than they would in photos taken at other times of day.
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.
Try out different adjustments in the white balance feature. If you leave the white balance unchanged, photos taken inside can take on a yellow hue because of the artificial light. It is often easier to change the white balance setting on the camera than to adjust the lighting in your room. This will instantly change a so-so photo into a professional-looking shot.
Most importantly, photography should be fun. A picture is a way of recalling a certain situation or emotion. Have fun when taking the photos so that you can be excited about learning a new skill.
With these helpful hints, you are ready to move forward in cultivating skills that will greatly improve the images that you capture. Practice your newly learned techniques and apply them to photos of family, events, business and community affairs. Everyone can hold a camera in their hands, but only those who pay attention to the details will capture the moments, in a skilled and artistic way.