Photography: A Great Creative Outlet For Personal Expression
Anyone can snap shots with a camera and be lucky enough to get a few decent pictures. There is much more of a process to taking a good picture than most people realize. If you are looking to take your photographic skills up a notch, see the following tips on how to improve.
Take the time to improve the sharpness of your shots by adding a key piece of photographic equipment to your arsenal. This would be a tripod. This will hold your camera steady, unlike your hands, and will be an effective way to ensure that you take clear, sharp, shots of your subjects.
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Try adding one or two stops when you shoot objects like snow or beaches to make sure that they are receiving the proper amount of exposure. Scenes that are very white or even very black will try to fool your camera’s light meter and you will need to make adjustments to compensate.
Play with the aperture settings. Take a number of photos of the same subject with different settings to see how it affects the look of the final photo. Bigger f-stops allow you to get an entire landscape in focus, while a smaller f-stop will draw attention only to the center of your frame.
If you are going to be taking pictures in low lighting areas, you may want to consider lowering the camera’s f/stop (aperture) setting. This will allow the aperture to open to its widest setting, which in turn, allows the most light available to pass through the lens and the shutter as well.
When shooting at night, it’s best to steady your camera on a tripod. Whether shooting film or digital, when you’re working at night the chances are you’re going to be using long shutter speeds. Any speeds slower than 1/30th of a second will show blurring and vibrations from the camera shaking. Mount your camera on a tripod to avoid these detrimental affects of camera shake.
Always study the work of great photographers. You need to be critical of their work and determine what it is in their shots that makes them great. You also need to keep an eye out for their flaws as well. You can then apply this knowledge to your own shots.
Find people to shoot without being too judgmental. You do not want to be on the lookout for “interesting” people only. People who only interest you may not be interesting to anyone else. Every person is unique, so shoot people in general and not just people you think will make a good shot.
While talent can be an important factor in taking excellent photographs, there is quite a bit of learned technique that goes into it as well. Learning the latest techniques on a decent camera and practicing them again and again, should bring up your confidence level. Understanding how to take great pictures can become much more rewarding.