Photography is something that anyone can do. You don’t have to be a professional or have expert equipment in order to take great pictures. If you have some professional tips and suggestions on how to do it properly, anyone with a camera can take photos that you will be proud to show off.
Shoot and aim quickly. If you are taking a picture of an object that is moving, or could move suddenly (such as a perched bird) take the first photo as quickly as possible. This ensures you have at least one photo of your subject, even if it is not perfect. Once you grab the initial shot, if the subject allows for it, you can take a second, more carefully aimed picture. It is better to have several images to choose from than to spend precious seconds framing the first shot only to have your subject fly off.
When photographing children, the best angle to take the picture from is their own eye level. Kneel down and put yourself at their height, snapping photos from the child’s point of view. This will give you excellent pictures of a child, set in the world at their height. Most pictures of kids are taken looking down from an adult’s point of view. This lends itself to many, many pictures of the top of a child’s head or an awkward angle of their face.
Use manual white balance to spice up your photos. It is possible to let the camera decide the proper white balance for a given environment, but sometimes the camera will get it wrong and the photo will look washed out. Using a manual white balance also allows you to take artsy photos with sepia tones, for instance.
Never tell your subject to “smile for the camera.” You will almost always regret the result if you yank a person out of a relaxed atmosphere and place them on display. Pressure to perform is rarely what will transfer well in a photographic portrait. Instead to telling them to smile, give them something to smile about naturally. Say something funny, or even better, get them to tell you something about their life that is obviously something they cherish.
Give your subject something to look at to avoid direct eye contact with the lens. You are sure to get more natural looking photos if you do not have them looking directly into the lens. Have them focus on something behind you or looking to one side or the other.
When taking a picture outside, try to do so either in the morning or before the sun sets. This is because the sky is not as high in the sky during these times, so the subject of your picture will not have as much of a shadow as it would during the midday hours.
As you can see from the tips that you read here, there are a lot of simple things that anyone can do to take better pictures. Our photos are snapshots in time, memories and people that we want to remember and cherish forever. Get started now with all these great ideas.
Author: Kevin C. McCollum of towel wrap