The word photography comes from two Greek words that roughly translate to “drawing with light”. Photography doesn’t just draw light. It draws people together. A great photo is a great way to share memories and make you feel more connected to those close to you. Here are some tips on how to make those photographs better.
If you are planning to take photos in a new country go straight to the postcard rack. Postcards can help you gain new ideas of the scenery that is unique to the country that you are in. Use these photos as ideas for the spots that you want to visit.
Give your subject something to look at to avoid direct eye contact with the lens. You are sure to get more natural looking photos if you do not have them looking directly into the lens. Have them focus on something behind you or looking to one side or the other.
A great photography tip that can help you out is to learn as much as you can about your camera. Try to learn all of its functions so that you can easily select them on the fly. You don’t want to miss an opportunity by fiddling with your camera.
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.
Be careful to capture natural smiles when you photograph people. Often people will put on an obviously fake smile when they know you are trying to get a photo. Assure that their face is relaxed, that the smile is not forced, and the eyes reflect genuine emotion. Take several shots until it is right.
Many cameras allow you to set the white balance. This setting tells the camera which colors to see as highlights. When shooting in artificial light (indoors) set the while balance setting to the “artificial light” mode. It will make your photos look as if they were shot in natural light.
Most pictures are taken with the camera at or near the subject’s eye level. Common sense says this is good, but get the “WOW” factor by changing the angle from which you shoot. Try shooting down at the subject from higher up or get close to the ground and shoot up.
Keep your pictures relatively simple. A good image should be straightforward and easy to interpret and appreciate. It is important to take meaningful pictures, but in most cases your pictures will say more if you focus on a detail rather than put together a complex composition that might not strike people as much.
Photography has changed the way we communicate with each other, allowing us to share memories in ways we never could before. If you learn to take great looking photos, the people in your life will feel closer to you. Thanks to the advice in this article, you know a variety of things you can do to make your photos look better. Try putting these tips into practice the next time you pull out your camera.