Photography is a very popular hobby. The little known answer is that photographers put a ton of effort into their craft. There are several tricks described in this article that photographers utilize to take quality shots.
When you have the shot set up, don’t delay! If you delay your shot, you might miss the perfect moment or lose your subject entirely. A fast camera will help you take better photos.
Pay attention to your light. The lighting in a photograph can bring a subject into better focus or change the mood of the picture. Different lighting setups will result in very different photographs. Avoid harsh direct lighting on your subject’s face, as this will generally cause them to squint.
If you know that you have a really important shoot the next day, make sure that you get ample rest. Yes, a lack of sleep will directly result in loss of judgment, which will hurt the quality of the shots that you take. Get at least eight hours of rest the night before a photo shoot.
Try not to be too mechanical with your shots. Sometimes it is better to get an eclectic angle than to shoot various run of the mill photos. Also, try to implement the scenery into your photos as often as possible if you want to capture a more personal and unique depiction.
When taking a picture outside, try to do so either in the morning or before the sun sets. This is because the sky is not as high in the sky during these times, so the subject of your picture will not have as much of a shadow as it would during the midday hours.
Understand and anticipate the impact that wind will have on the photos that you take. For example, if you are planning on shooting flowers, avoid days where the wind is very active. When flowers and plants are stable, you will have the best chance to get the highest quality and resolution in your picture. In situations where you don’t have a choice, such as weddings, have a contingency plan. Are there sheltered areas where the wind will have less impact?
Know your camera. If you have recently purchased new equipment, or if you have had yours for a while, but never taken the time to know it’s ins and outs, then do so. Read the manual, or play with the functions extensively until you understand it. Knowing what your camera can do will give you better pictures as you can adjust to changing light and circumstances.
Make sure to set up your compositions so that vertical lines are truly vertical. Tilting the camera backwards to capture a tall building, for example, can cause the building to appear as if it is falling backwards out of the frame. Photographs in which buildings are not vertical often appear unnatural.
Make your subject comfortable when taking their photograph, otherwise your shot will capture their true uneasiness and nerves. This is especially true when shooting a subject to music. Take the extra time to make sure that they are totally relaxed and totally ready before you begin shooting subjects like this.
Just like it is recommended for an artist to keep some paper and a writing utensil on them at all times, a photographer should always keep a camera on them too. You never know when a photo opportunity will present itself, so you need to be prepared at all times.
Many parents cannot resist the temptation to put a bow in the hair of a young girl when she is being photographed. If at all possible, discourage this practice. It creates an unnatural feeling to an image, while almost always contrasting with the fine texture of human hair. Bows dominate the image and detract from the young girl’s natural features.
Pay attention to clothing worn by the subjects in your photographs, particularly shirts. If at all possible make sure they are free from logos and prominent commercial advertising. Logos date a photograph and remove the “classic” feeling that is treasured in years to come. They also seriously clash with natural landscaping in outdoor environments.
Many digital cameras nowadays actually have a setting for red eye reduction. One of the worst things that can happen to a good picture is the subject will have red eye, ruining an otherwise perfect picture. If you have a setting, turn that setting on first, then snap your shot, and presto, no red eye!
Be aware of what shooting mode you are in. For example, you need to know that when you decide to shoot in RAW that you will not have preset corrections that you can use when you upload them on the computer. You will, however, have much better post production quality output from this photo format.
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.
Here is a photo timesaver! Get a hot shoe bubble level. They are quite simple to install and even easier to use. This is the best and easiest way for you to insure that the photos that you are taking are completely level. This is something that can be done with editing software but it is much easier to capture the photo the way that you want it to be.
Sometimes you need the flash, other times you don’t. Simply turning on the flash will not suffice every time. There are some situations where adding more light than necessary will ruin a picture. If you are taking photos in a low light setting, this is another situation when the flash should be turned back on.
Next, it’s time to pack your camera and venture out to a place where you can experiment with these ideas. Your pictures will get better with time.