Photography is an enjoyable art to pursue, and it is a wonderful way to relax. Appreciating taking and looking at pictures can also make you more aware of everyday things that you may only see once. A good photograph can speak volumes to its viewers.
When photographing landscapes, create a sense of depth. Get a sense of scale by having a person or object placed in the foreground. If you set a small aperture, one that is not greater than f/8 (for many digital cameras that are made for consumers), or f/16 (on a full-frame SLR) you will notice that your foreground and background look sharp.
When you travel, take unusual photos of things such as souvenirs. Photograph the souvenir on the shelf in the store, or get a shot of it with the sales clerk. You’ll be able to craft a story with your photograph to share when you show friends and family your album.
Go through the manual that came with your equipment. Even if most cameras are rather intuitive, a manual will explain you what every feature does and how to adjust it. Read your manual and then experiment with your camera. You should feel comfortable much quicker when you take the time to learn about your equipment.
To create an unusual and creative photograph, try changing your perspective. People are used to seeing things from normal human-height and eye-level viewpoints. Getting up high or down low can drastically change how a scene appears. Done right, this will create a startling, memorable shot that your viewers will appreciate.
Play with lens distortion. Most photographs use portrait lenses or zoom lenses to focus on an object, and use a wide-angle lens for landscapes and such. By using a lens for a different use than its intended one, you will get a very original photograph. Do not let this become your style: learn when you can use an original lens.
Use limitation to help you become more creative. You might want to decide to only take pictures of “sweet” things, for example. Try taking 100 photographs, all from the same location, and attempt to make each unique. These strict limits will force you to try new ideas and think creatively.
Do you have to take pictures of objects that are wet with rain? You can create some rain in your shots even if the weather is not cooperating by using a simple spray bottle filled with water. Just give your subject a few spritzes for that freshly rained upon look.
Shoot your subject quickly. If there is any chance of your subject moving, take the shot as quickly as you can. You never know when your subject will move, or get tired of waiting for you to take the shot. It’s better to shoot right away and get too many pictures, then to wish you had.
Frame each of your shots. This refers not to a physical frame around a printed photo, but to a “natural” frame sought out in the camera’s field of view. Pay attention, and you can likely make a “natural frame” for the subject of your picture with neighboring elements. This approach is an easy way to improve your composition.
Lighting is not only important for keeping your subject lit and visible, but the shadows in your shot are completely reliant on the lighting of the area. If you are using a larger light source, then you will have smaller shadows to work with. This can be good or bad depending on the subject or technique.
Even those who do not enjoy photography are sure to enjoy the results! When you involve yourself in taking photos, you will be able to create special memories. Many people praise photography as a meaningful, gratifying hobby. Those who view your photos will appreciate the time you’ve taken to improve your skills.