Learning to take a great picture may seem difficult to learn, once you hear all the photography lingo, and see all the complicated looking equipment. But the following steps can help you take a professional looking effortlessly. Understanding the basics about lighting and angles can make all the difference.
Be selective when taking your photos. Find exactly what you want in that photo, and remove anything else from the shot. If you’re trying to take a picture of a flower, you don’t want a bunch of other flowers or trees in the shot. Get as close and focused on the subject as possible to get the best possible photo.
Play with the aperture settings. Take a number of photos of the same subject with different settings to see how it affects the look of the final photo. Bigger f-stops allow you to get an entire landscape in focus, while a smaller f-stop will draw attention only to the center of your frame.
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.
If you are having difficulty holding your camera straight, purchase a tripod. A tripod will go a long way in helping to keep your camera in place, so you can focus on other variables other than balance. Tripods work great if you are in the wilderness or on an uneven terrain.
Once you have spotted the subject of your picture, make sure to take your shot right away. This is especially true if your subject is a living being, such as a child or animal. Since staying in one position for a long time is hard for animals and children, you want to make sure you get the pose you want.
Only select the best shots that you have if you are planning on showing your pictures to someone. This will help them form the highest possible opinion of you and your work, which is desirable if you are trying to land a job. Always present your best work to others.
Do not shoot in full daylight. You are going to get some of your best photos on an overcast day. The bright sunlight can cause overexposure, loss of detail and terrible shadows. Shoot at dusk or at dawn on days that are not cloudy for optimum results in your photos.
Pack your equipment for a trip carefully. Bring along some cleaning accessories, extra batteries, and any lenses you may need. Don’t take more with you than you absolutely need.
Make use of negative space in your composition. Negative space is the area in your photos that does not contain your subject. Used correctly, large amounts of negative space can create interesting photographs. You also need to consider the effects of negative space when framing a photograph to get the best results.
Take lots of shots. Using a digital camera allows you to take essentially an infinite number of photos for free. The more shots you take, the better your chances are of capturing that perfect moment. If your shot didn’t come out like you wanted, try again with different settings. You won’t learn if you don’t try.
You may surprise yourself with the quality of some of the pictures you take, and then be equally disappointed by other shots you have taken in the same time frame. Understanding the ideal circumstances to take pictures in can perfect your eye, and make for an excellent shot, almost every time.