Welcome to photography! Photography is filled with so much to learn, and many different techniques to try out. Photography is very subjective which can seem overwhelming to a new photographer. Continue reading for some easy tips and techniques to help you figure out how to take the most amazing shots possible!
You should use digital techniques in order to shoot pictures that look like graphic pencil sketches, oil paintings, watercolors, and more. There are many options for digital editing software, although Adobe Photoshop is considered to be of the highest quality. Taking your photos and making them a piece of art, is as easy as clicking a button or two in these programs.
Try out new things; experiment, and don’t be afraid in taking new and original pictures. A good photograph should develop a personal style and show the world through a certain point of view. Stay away from taking classic pictures that people have seen a million times. Look for different angles to emphasize different aspects of your subject.
Many people think that sunny days are great for photos, when in fact, direct sunlight can ruin any photograph. This can result in sun glare, distracting shadows, odd highlighting and squinting subjects. If you can, take your pictures in the early morning hours, or in the late evening if you are taking photos outside.
Taking many, many pictures is one of the ways to capturing something great, so purchase a memory card that is big enough to hold large amounts of information. A big memory card will allow you to hold a lot more pictures. An added benefit of a larger memory card is that you will be able to shoot in RAW (if your camera has this capability). The RAW format preserves more details than JPEG and allows for a lot of flexibility once you get into post-production.
Pre-focus your camera and move to where your subject isn’t dead center in the frame. Centering can be very expected and therefore not all that interesting to look at in a photo. Try off-centering your shots to make your subject appear more interesting to the viewer.
When shooting a picture, judge the surroundings and choose the right aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Together, these features interact to determine the photograph’s exposure levels. Overexposure or underexposure are usually considered to be negatives, unless you are going for a very particular feel to the image. With a little experimentation, you can strike the right balance between the 3 settings to deliver the results you want.
There is no one secret or silver bullet towards becoming a great photographer. Keep snapping images and you gain experience with every click. You don’t need to feel you have to preserve every photo you take, especially with digital cameras being so prolific. You will become better as you take pictures of everything you see and judge them later to see where you could have taken a better picture.
There are a variety of techniques that you can put to use when you are working with photography. Through exploring them, you may find some that work well for you, and others that don’t. Every photographer is different. Hopefully, you can use this information as an opportunity to try new things and learn more about your artistic abilities.