Are you ready to get started creating your own concepts in photography? Do you need to learn how and where to start the process? Do you know what will work for your shots? This article is here to help you find answers to these questions and progress as a photographer.
Snap pictures with a sense of urgency. If you take too long, the subject could move, the sun could move behind a cloud or it could start raining. Anything could happen, so don’t delay. The more rapidly you can photograph your subject, the more likely you are to get your desired shot.
Your arms should be positioned close to the body when you hold the camera, and your hands should be on both the bottom and the sides to keep the camera steady. This helps prevent blurry photographs by keeping the movement of your camera to a minimum. Supporting the camera from underneath, as opposed to holding the top, will also make it much harder for you to drop your camera.
Try taking photos of people. Always ask their permission first. As you travel, you’ll often find that ordinary people or scenes will be the ones that stand out later as you reflect on the journey through your photographs. When selecting people to photograph, always look for those dressed casually and sporting candid expressions.
Attempt to move closer to the person or thing that you want to take a picture of. If you are too far away, you will lose the details of your subject. Your photo will be more compelling when the subject is at the proper distance to be seen clearly.
You are permitted to move your subject in order to discover a unique shot. If possible, take a spectrum of shots from many angles including from above and below.
Composition is not about how many things you can cram into your pictures. You have to understand that empty space plays an important part. You don’t need to overdo your photo elements. There is lots of beauty in the simplest of art forms, so make your shots simple!
Many times the subject looks directly into the camera. For some unique pictures, try to have your subject look off the camera, have them focus on something outside the field of view of the camera. Another great idea is to have the subject focus on someone or something within the frame.
Although many think white is the best color to wear in photographs, it actually makes getting a good photograph difficult. If a camera is set on auto focus, it will try to analyze all the nuances and shades and most cameras will not be able to distinguish enough shades on a white shirt. White clothes will always look very bland.
Use a white balance which is manual to take your photos. Using your manual white balance will dramatically change the mood and look of your photographs. You can allow for a learning curve while you start out in photography, and you will find that using manual white balance can let you get really creative.
Have your settings already done so you don’t miss a great photo opportunity. For the best photographs, don’t use the camera’s presets since this removes your options of making adjustments. Customize your settings to match the kind of pictures you want to take.
Consider shots from various angles, different lighting or adding to the setting to get a new perspective on a photograph. Mess around with all these aspects and notice how you can change the look of each shot.
Figure out different ways to adjust your shutter speeds. Using fast shutter speeds is common practice to prevent blur, but think about how you can use slow shutter speeds to intentionally blur your photos for creative reasons. Did you see the person riding a bike who was going past at a fast pace? The background will show the speed of the cyclist, while they themselves will appear crisp and clear.
Are you ready to take unique pictures that are interesting to you and others? Do you have a few great locations in mind? Do you realize what works for your photography shots? If you were able to answer “yes” to any of those questions, it’s time you take the next step. This next step means you are prepared to utilize what you have learned and advance as a photographer.
Onaolapo Adeyemi is a travel and technology writer. If he’s not on tour, you’ll find him in New York with his wife, and pet parrot hanging out at Starbucks.