Tips for Better Photographs
Have you been taking pictures that don’t turn out as you envision? Wondered how to use various camera techniques for that perfect snapshot? Since each camera is built differently, learning how to operate your camera can be essential for memorable photos.
Following are basic tips for how you can take better photographs:
Lighting – Did you know that too much light - or not enough - can ruin a photograph? Proper lighting can turn your photographs into a work of art, so if possible, change locations. You can always add light to dim rooms or switch to a shadier spot for those overly sunny shots.
Focus – Make sure your camera is properly focused. Most digital cameras have an automatic focus setting, so you don’t have to worry about focusing your camera. Up-close shots of flowers or butterflies, for instance, may require a camera setting adjustment. Or, you may have to use the zoom option to capture an image that’s too far away.
Creativity – Think outside the box when taking pictures. Don’t be afraid to tilt the camera or use your own techniques. Different camera angles can make for interesting photography. And since digital cameras allow you to take photos without wasting film, try using the different functions to see what works best for you.
Attention to detail – Any photographer will tell you that the details are extremely important when capturing the perfect photograph. If you’re snapping pictures of people, consider the physical features of the person when deciding on clothing or background. If the person has red hair, it’s probably best to stay away from vibrant colors like red and orange. Instead, use shades of blue or green to accentuate the person’s natural features.
When taking pictures of buildings or of nature, the time of day can be essential. Photographers must rely on the natural light when shooting outdoors. If you are taking a photo of a city skyline, for instance, and your goal is to have the photo appear in black and white, try taking the photo on a slightly overcast day. That way, too much light isn’t present in the picture.
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Photo credits: Radu Razvan Gheorghe.