Many people look at a camera as just a tool to take a quick snapshot of someone smiling. Chances are if your reading this you’re not one of those people. You recognize the ability a camera has. You recognize the art form in photography.
Taking photographs is not just a matter of clicking a button to take pictures.
Here’s a quick list of tips that will help you take better pictures
1. When shooting outdoors during bright, sunny days consider the use of a flash. This can get rid of the shadows that may appear on the faces of your subjects. You should also consider the use of a bounce card. This way you can bounce light onto the shadowy parts of your subjects face lighting them up. This option can be much more subtle then a flash.
2. Choose a pleasing backdrop, preferably something that suits the atmosphere you want to create. For more serious photographs, a subtle backdrop that is not too distracting is best. It’s also important to always consider what the photograph will look like after the picture is taken. Make sure to play with your angles, you don’t want it to look like a tree or a light pole is jutting out of your subjects head. You can always play with depth in photographs but remember a picture is still just 2D in the end.
3. When taking outdoor photographs you have to make sure you pay attention to what’s happening around you. This way strangers don’t mysteriously appear in group shots!
4. Don’t be afraid to give directions when taking photographs. There is nothing wrong with telling people to shimmy left or look right. Instruct them to smile or fix their hair if need be. If the picture is worth taking its worth getting it right. Their probably won’t be another chance so make it count.
5. When taking outdoors shots photographers should avoid going head to head with the sun. This makes the people in the picture appear as if they are enshrouded in shadows. This concept can be applied to placing people in front of very bright windows or really any situation where there is a large light behind your subject. If you want to set up the shot this way do it right; use a flash or bounce card to get some light on your subjects.
6. Take candid shots. This is a more exciting alternative to dull, boring, posed shots. During parties try to take pictures of friends and family while they are at ease and just having a great time. Basically instead of telling them to smile wait. Wait for a moment when they are genuinely smiling and take that quick shot.
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