Congratulations; that’s great! However, there is so much information that you may not have a clue where or how to start. The next few paragraphs will see to it that you have a foundation on which to build your photography skills.
Pick what you want in the picture. A great picture will allow the viewer to see a particular aspect of the subject in the photograph. Avoid trying to get too many things within the frame. If you are wanting to show an overview of something, shoot a group of photos that can show the same scene from different vantage points.
A professional camera is vital to get the professional photos you desire. Consider investing in a DSLR camera if you want really nice pictures. A digital SLR camera is what most professional photographers use, so if you want to take perfect photos like a professional, you will need to purchase one of these as well.
Start taking photographs on vacation when you depart! Trips provide a great place to shoot some very interesting photography. Document your journey; an airport offers many interesting subjects for good pictures for instance.
Use your camera to capture every detail of your travels. While you might normally skip over these types of shots, you should consider whether or not you’d enjoy seeing it again when you are revisiting the photographs from your trip. Think about taking pictures of stores, coins, bus tickets or street signs for example.
One of the key ways to take great photographs is to take lots and lots of them, so buy a large memory card that can hold them all. When you increase the memory on your camera with a larger memory card, you will better be able to avoid running out of memory when you are shooting a lot of pictures. You can also use your camera to shoot your pictures in the RAW format, which allows for greater editing later.
Move and look at your subject from different angles. Explore different positions relative to the subject. For example, shoot the object from above, below or at an unusual angle.
Pre-focus your camera and proceed to move to the side a bit so as to offset the main subject from the center of the lens. Most people expect the subject to be in the center of the frame; varying it up a bit can add visual interest. Try off-centering your shots to make your subject appear more interesting to the viewer.
There is an erroneous emphasis on placing your subject in the center of your photograph. A well-known artistic technique is to make a picture slightly asymmetric. This lack of perfect symmetry actually attracts the eye’s interest. Watch out for auto-focus features that might lock on the object that sits at the center of your lens. Instead, try focusing manually. You can always lock into your subject of choice before you click.
When traveling, look for interesting features, monuments, and buildings to photograph. To find some help in choosing your starting point, check out some postcards! Local subjects and attractions featured on postcards are likely memorable and distinctive enough to be worth your photographic attention.
Despite common thinking, white is a terrible color to wear for a photography session. Modern cameras generally try to focus automatically by taking into account the objects, colors, and lighting present in the environment. With white clothing, the camera has a hard time adjusting to keep the whites looking good, while preserving detail on peoples’ faces, and photos can turn out looking under or overexposed.
Using the highest quality settings your camera allows gives you much better image quality if you plan to enlarge your photos. It also gives you more freedom to artistically crop the shot to focus on certain details. Reserve the lower settings for images that are going to be shown only on a computer monitor.
Practice a lot whenever you are working with new backdrops or subjects. Every photographic opportunity is different, and taking several practice shots can help you figure out the best way to approach the picture. Lighting can change, but feel free to take a few practice photos in between your ‘serious’ shots.
Make a custom silhouette. You can even try taking silhouette photography using the sunset environment, or another beautiful setting. One way to have a silhouette appear is by choosing a background that is much brighter than your subject. It’s easy to create a silhouette by simply getting behind the subject with an off-camera flash. Alternatively, you could place the subject in front of a window that has light streaming through. However, be aware that the silhouette image may call attention to a less-than-flattering aspect of your subject.
Vary the angle at which you take shots to increase their artistic value. Anyone can look at a simple head-on photo and take a picture of it. Instead, try a shot looking down on the scene or looking up at the subject from ground level. Try taking a picture in a sideways angle, or diagonal to make the subject more interesting.
Edit your own photos. Try one of the many software programs available for photo editing, and learn how to use it well. When comparing different options, you should take note of the number and range of photo-editing tools in each package. Be sure to find one that you can learn to use, easily!
While it is common, red eye can make a great picture less than worthy of being showcased. Avoid red-eye by using the flash as little as possible. If you must use a flash, direct your subject to avoid looking into the lens. A red eye reduction feature is available on some cameras.
These tips and techniques should point you in the right direction as you strive to sharpen up your skills as a photographer. Return to this list as needed to brush up on the techniques discussed. Your photography will improve with practice and your photographs will begin to become works of art.