Taking better photos doesn’t always mean you need to invest in expensive equipment or even learn how to use your smartphone’s advanced camera settings. A few small tweaks can make all the difference between an okay picture and one that makes your friends go wow! These 8 tips will get you started on the path to photographic greatness.
1) Use Good Lighting
The right lighting can make a world of difference. Natural light is always best, but if you’re indoors or it’s an overcast day, try to find a window where you have plenty of light coming in from behind your subject. If that’s not possible, try to position yourself so that a nearby lamp (or other source of artificial light) that is behind you and positioned away from your subject. This will create nice shadows on their face, which will give them more dimension and bring out their features. Also remember to turn off any fluorescent lights as they tend to cast a very unflattering greenish hue on everyone!
2) Get Close
The best way to improve your photography is to get up close and personal with your subject. In fact, one of Ansel Adams’ top tips for creating better landscapes was to get big, get small or get closer. By taking a few steps toward your subject, you can create photos that will have better impact. When you take photos from a distance, everything seems larger than life but without context or meaning, so you need to get close enough to see details and capture emotions.
3) Frame The Shot
It’s important to know what to include in your photo, but just as importantly, you want to know what NOT to include. Think about where you want your subject to be and how you can frame them against the background. Pay attention to depth of field (how much of your image is in focus) and make sure that there are no distractions in your shot. Framing is all about perspective; if you have a particular point of view or emotion that you want viewers to feel when they look at your image, it’s up to you to decide how best to compose it. Don’t worry too much about getting every detail perfect – framing doesn’t require exact measurements! Remember: most people will never notice imperfections in your photos unless you tell them specifically what to look for. Take advantage of that fact by showing off imperfections as part of your creative vision!
4) Take Lots of Pictures
The only way to get better at photography is to take lots of pictures. Practice, practice, practice! It’s best if you have a friend or family member who can give constructive criticism and let you know what they think of your shots. Take note of what they say, but also understand that sometimes people just aren’t good at giving constructive criticism. Don’t ever be afraid to experiment with different techniques and look for inspiration from everywhere around you. There are many online resources available as well.
You can have a look in our Recent section, or on photography blogs and see photos taken by others, that will help you improve over time. Another thing to keep in mind is that everyone has their own style—so don’t try to copy someone else; instead, try to find your own unique voice through photography.
5) Experiment With Angles
The right angle makes all of the difference in a photo. But sometimes it’s hard to find that right angle. Try experimenting with different angles when you can, and see which ones make your photos look better. If you typically take pictures from above, try taking one from below. If you usually take your pictures from eye level, try leaning down or looking up for something fresh. And if you typically shoot straight on, try turning slightly to one side or another. You might be surprised at how big of an impact a simple change in perspective can have on your photos!
6) Avoid Flash as Much as Possible
When shooting in low light, you can use flash to illuminate your subjects. Unfortunately, using flash changes their appearance significantly and tends to flatten them out. It also creates harsh shadows and creates a washed-out look that doesn’t really do justice to your subject’s natural coloring. You’re better off avoiding flash whenever possible when taking photos of people or things; if you absolutely must use it, though, keep it on for as little time as possible to get a clean exposure.
7) Don’t Let Your Subjects Move Around Too Much
It may sound counter-intuitive, but try to avoid letting your subjects move around too much. When you let them move freely, they can end up looking awkward and out of place within your final shot. Instead, ask them to take their place and hold it while you get into position to take a picture. This will help make your subjects look more natural in their setting when you’re ready to snap a photo.
8) Edit Your Photos for Professional Results
Editing photos can help polish your work and make it more professional. Simple photo editing tools can be enough to elevate your photography skills—but if you want to take your skills even further, there are plenty of high-end programs out there that will help you edit images with ease.
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