The best way to take better photos is simply to practice and experiment. However, if you’d like to fast track your photo skills, there are a few basic tips you can try out.
Focus on the Subject Fill the Frame
A common occurrence which many aren’t even aware of until after taking a picture is the main focus of the picture is too far away. Try to get as close as possible so your picture has as little blank background as possible. By doing so, your pictures will be easier to see, and you’ll likely be more pleased with the outcome.
Here are a couple of tips which will assist you will filling the frame with your subject matter and making for a more interesting photo:
1. Use an optical zoom lens. It’s an excellent way to obtain those close-up shots.
2. Move closer to your subject to get in the best possible position to capture the perfect close-up shot.
Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a vital beginner photography tip you need to be aware of to produce good results. Many digital cameras have the option to place a 3×3 grid over what you are looking at through the lens which helps with this process. Even if your camera doesn’t have this ability, try to image a grid which is divided by length and width.
Your subject should ideally be placed at the intersection of two lines, but this is in no way obligatory. There is nothing magical with the intersections and the most notable thing with the rule of thirds is it helps you to avoid always centering your subject in every photograph. If you sometimes place your subject slightly off-center in a photograph, you may discover you can achieve more visual interest in your images.
Remove the Clutter
Another reason why some photographs don’t manage to turn out well is they are too cluttered. It can be tricky for the main subject to sometimes stand out in the shot if the surroundings or background area have too much going on.
Try to pick settings where the backdrop is simplistic and uncluttered. It will help your subject to stand out and prevent it from blending in with everything else which may be captured in the background.
Sometimes you might notice there clearly is not adequate light from the existing light source. In these cases, it may require you to improve the light source. One solution to this predicament is using fill flash. It isn’t a true flash as a flash would be utilized at night.
A fill flash works to provide supplemental lighting or to fill in light on the portion of the image where the shadows are too strong. It can make a dramatic and paramount difference in your photos.
A common example is if you were to take a close-up shot of a flower in strong daylight and contrast. In this case, you are prone to get somewhat heavy shadows in some parts of the flower. The fill flash can provide these shadows a “kiss” of light to brighten them moderately.
Most cameras available today have the fill flash feature. You don’t even need to use full manual mode to take advantage of the fill flash option. The exact way in which you utilize the fill flash feature will depend on your camera type, so you should check the owner’s manual.
Many cameras have a lightening bolt close to the main button. By pressing this button, you ought to be able to cycle through the different flash options.
Often people think that if they buy a bunch of expensive equipment, they will automatically take outstanding photographs. Although some of the more advanced equipment may give you more options, it can’t replace good old practice and the experience you develop over time.
A basic point and shoot type of camera can be used to take great pictures when you spend a bit of your time with your camera practicing and experimenting. The more you spend taking pictures, the more you will learn and the better photos you will be able to produce in time.