Photography 101: Everything You Need To Know
Good job! There is indeed a lot of things to learn and you may be unsure where to begin. Listed below are some sensible tips that will help you see a rapid improvement in the quality of your shots.
Experiment with different shutter speeds to see what works best for different scenarios. With developed skills, you can stop the action, extend it in a creative montage, or bring special feature into focus. When photographing objects in motion, use a fast shutter speed. Slower shutter speeds are ideal for photographing landscapes and still life.
Explore your camera’s built-in features, or experiment with odd angles and color palettes. You don’t need spectacular subjects to get spectacular pictures. A good photographer infuses his talent and intuition into his photos to make boring objects look interesting. Play around to gain experience and build a style of your own.
Always keep your batteries charged; you have to be ready at all times to take the perfect shot. Digital cameras use up a large amount of power, particularly when you’re using an LCD screen. Therefore, you should ensure your batteries are always completely charged prior to using the camera. It is also a good idea to carry around spare batteries. This way you will never miss out on a great shot.
Take pictures of small details while traveling. If you don’t photograph the fine details, you may not remember them later. Shoot pictures of small objects like tickets and coins and also larger things like street signs and strange objects in markets.
When you take photographs, write a couple of notes about them. If you take countless photos, it may be hard to recall why or where you took them. Get a small notepad and make sure you write down the number of the picture next to your description.
Focus your shot and make sure the subject is off center. Centering is generally expected and not that interesting in a photo. Off-centering your subjects can create an interesting element for the viewer.
Keep in mind how intimidating it can be to have all eyes focused on you as a model, so help your model to feel comfortable with you by creating a relaxed atmosphere. Many people tend to see someone taking photos as a threat. Be courteous and friendly and make sure you ask permission before photographing. You need to make your subjects see photography as art as opposed to a violation of their privacy.
Educating yourself about appropriate composition can help your photography improve, regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer. As with anything artistic, the composition determines if the photo is of the highest quality possible. Study different composition methods and practice them. This will make you a much more well-rounded photographer.
Less is always more in photo composition. Why would you want to clutter your shots? There is beauty in the art of simplicity, so keep your shots simple!
Enhance your images with alterations of scale, facial expressions and point of view. A simple object can be made artistic if it is portrayed in a setting that makes it look much bigger or smaller than it is, or places it in an original and funny situation. Get creative with the composition of your photographs to come up with some inventive representations of commonplace objects.
White is a terrible color to be wearing when being photographed. Most cameras are set to auto focus, which means that the camera will try to get a “reading” which takes into account all the shades and nuances present in the range of the photograph. This will prevent the camera’s auto focus from making the white clothing disappear into the background.
When you’re scheduled to photograph more than one person in a shot, give them advice beforehand that will help them choose clothing for the best staging. While it is unnecessary for everyone to match, your photos will turn out nicer if everyone is wearing complementary colors. Particularly if shooting in an outdoor setting, recommend that your subjects clothe themselves in shades that blend, rather than contrast, with nature. If your subjects prefer bright colors, suggest that they also wear black to balance out your photo.
Make sure you take the time to learn how the ISO feature on your camera works. An increased ISO lets you see more. If you don’t need grain on a shot, this can really ruin the affect you were trying to achieve.
After reading the information provided, you should now have a better idea on how to go about improving your own photography skills. Return to this list as needed to brush up on the techniques discussed. If you keep up the hard work, you can elevate your photography to the next level.