Welcome to the art of photography! If so, you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of techniques and options. Because photography is so personal, it can seem extremely difficult to find the methods that will work the best for you. Here are some suggestions to help almost every photographer.
Snap pictures with a sense of urgency. Taking longer to snap a photo increases the odds that something will move, change or in other ways ruin your perfect photo op. The quicker you and your camera are, the better shots you will get.
Keep your picture-taking process as simple as you can. You can usually take a great picture without playing with advanced settings.
A dSLR is a must have if you are seriously pursuing photography. These professional quality cameras allow you to view your photograph as you take the shot. Full frame DSLR cameras will provide the largest image sensor, enabling you to capture extremely detailed photographs.
Many photographers ignore the foreground in their shots focusing on the background, but the viewer sees the foreground. Compose the foreground so that it creates a striking frame to increase your depth of field.
Experiment with you camera’s shutter speed settings. Take the time to learn the ins and outs of shutter speed. There are P, M, A, and S settings on your camera. The “P” on the camera represents program mode. This is the fully automatic setting of your camera, and it sets the aperture and shutter speed automatically for you. For general use, the “P” setting is the right one to choose.
When shooting a subject, zoom in so that they fill the whole viewfinder. Photos taken from far away don’t tend to be all that interesting because details or colors are too small to see. Make it easy for yourself and your viewers to see a subject clear and vividly.
Make your subject feel comfortable, especially if you don’t know them. Many people feel threatened when a stranger starts photographing them. Be friendly and start a conversation, then kindly ask for permission to take photos. Help them understand that this is art, and not just a method of invading their privacy.
If possible, you want the photo subject to be directly looking at the camera. For striking photographs, have your subject focus their eyes on something off-camera. It can also work well for them to focus on something that is in the picture.
Photography allows the incorporation of a multitude of techniques that are sure to improve your photographs. However, each person responds differently to each type of technique, so try each one to see which work for you. The advice here can help you begin your own journey to creating memorable images.