Even for a photographer who wants to capture the special moments in their own lives, learning more about photography is important. You can learn the basics and fundamentals that allow you to take error-free photos.
Select a subject and focus on it. Point your camera towards this subject or object and use the auto focus feature if necessary. If you do not do this, your picture will look blurry. Play with conventions and select an unusual point of focus if you want original pictures.
Don’t be afraid of taking pictures. If you use the wrong settings, it’s okay. Go ahead and take the picture anyway. If you want to photograph a person or pet, go up and ask if it’s okay; create a release form to sign if it makes you more comfortable. Just go do it!
If you want to take high quality portraits, do not rely on your camera’s built in flash. Instead you want to look at investing in a softbox to use for external lighting. If you can’t afford this, look into purchasing an external flash unit with a diffuser for your camera.
Originality is the name of the game when you are trying to become a seasoned photographer. A great photograph should be not only aesthetically pleasing, but should also showcase a personal style. Try to refrain from taking classic pictures, which can be very mundane and unoriginal. Use unique angles that show off your creative side.
When aiming for the perfect shot, remember to keep sunlight in mind. Too little and you can’t see the subject. Too much and one of two things happen. The first is that too much sunlight is directed into the camera’s lens or on the subject and washes out the picture. The second is the person being photographed has to blink or close his eyes because of the massive amounts of sunlight coming into his eyes.
Many cameras allow you to set the white balance. This setting tells the camera which colors to see as highlights. When shooting in artificial light (indoors) set the while balance setting to the “artificial light” mode. It will make your photos look as if they were shot in natural light.
Use your camera to capture every detail of your travels. These small details may seem unimportant at the time, but they will add color and completeness later, when reflecting back. They will bring back your good memories of the trip. Oddball items you come across, street signs and paper memorabilia can be great subjects.
When traveling, take pictures of your food. Take the time to play with lights, colors and compose your pictures. You might get used to the food by the time you come back home, but these pictures will look very original to you and your friends later when you reflect back on your trip.
Detail some notes on your camera settings when you are taking photos. Just looking at all those pictures you took could be hard to recall your feelings about them or where they were even taken. Record the photograph’s number and the details of the shot in a permanent log.
A good photography tip is to not underestimate knowing the fundamentals. If you want to break the rules, you should at least know them first. Without knowing the fundamentals you’re doing yourself and your work a great disservice. You can learn about photography simply by searching the internet.
As this article has shown you, if you become a better photographer it might not be as hard as it seems. All you need is a willingness to learn and a commitment to practicing in order to improve. The improvement in your photographs will be well worth the effort.