That is awesome as it can be very rewarding. However, with such a wealth of information available regarding photography, figuring out where to start can be daunting. Listed below are some sensible tips that will help you see a rapid improvement in the quality of your shots.
Take photographs quickly! If you take too long, you’ll never get the perfect shot you envision. Your subject might run away or change position so that the moment you wanted to capture gets lost. It is better if you can take shots quickly.
Get close to your subject for a better shot. This will help you frame your subject, and block out disruptive backgrounds. This also better captures facial expression, which is very important in portrait photography. Smaller details are usually overlooked when the picture is taken from far away.
Experiment with you camera’s shutter speed settings. Educate yourself on what shutter speed is and how to manipulate it. M, S, A, and P settings all exist on your camera. The “P” stands for program mode. This automatic setting sets your aperture and shutter speed automatically. If you do not wish to work with these features, you should select P.
Take the time to appreciate the little things when photographing on vacation. The images may seem unimportant when you take the photographs, but the images will serve as a memory of your trip in the future. Take a picture of the bus you took or the hotel lobby. Take pictures of the outside of a theater or your goofy doorman.
Make sure the subject you are photographing is close enough to clearly see. It’s frustrating for the viewer to not clearly see the details of the subject because the camera was too far away. Make sure you can distinguish details on your subject that will attract your audience’s attention.
You are allowed to move around the subject to find an interesting shot. Shoot from several different heights and vantage points to open up possibilities you may not have otherwise envisioned.
Think about joining a photography club or go take pictures with another photographer like you. This could be a great opportunity to learn new techniques, as long as you are still developing your own style. Compare your pictures with each other, and marvel at how one object can be perceived so differently by two people.
In order to take proper indoor photos under fluorescent light, you should tweak your white balance settings. Fluorescent lights emit blue- or green-tinged light, leaving your subjects looking too cool. The appropriate setting will compensate for the red tones that your lighting environment lacks.
To make photos look more distinctive, play a bit with with perspective, scale, and expectations. A simple object can be made artistic if it is portrayed in a setting that makes it look much bigger or smaller than it is, or places it in an original and funny situation. Experiment with your compositions to bring a unique perspective to an ordinary object.
People usually just look right into the camera. Shake things up a bit by having your subject look away from the lens and focus on something in the distance. Alternatively, getting the subject to concentrate their gaze on something else in the shot, rather than the camera, can also give good results.
Are you looking for that perfect photo that requires your subjects to have raindrops on them? You can create this effect yourself with a spray bottle that you can mist over the subject to give the appearance of “rain.”
At this point, you should be well informed about how to become a better photographer. You can always come back to this list if you need to. Keep practicing and learning, and in time, your photographs will be works of art.