Great Photo Shooting Tips

  • To make photos look more distinctive, play a bit with with perspective, scale, and expectations. An otherwise ordinary subject can appear quite artful if placed in an environment where it appears drastically disproportionate in size or humorously out of place. Work on your compositions to get a unique take on a familiar object.
  •  If shooting for a wedding, warm up first by shooting artistic shots with small details in them. For example, such shots could include floral designs, or catching a candid image of someone. This is also a great way to capture details that might otherwise be forgotten.
  •  Be conscious of the natural light. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to use natural light for photographs. Whenever the sun is directly overhead, it can cause troublesome shadows and cause your subject to squint. Use the sunlight better by properly positioning yourself where your subject just gets light from the side.
  • Be sure to shoot your photographs without any hesitation, to ensure you get a picture that you will be happy with. You can never tell how fast that fleeting moment will flee, so always be ready for it. The candid feeling might pass, animals in view might scatter away and smiling subjects may tire. Try not to worry about getting all the camera settings correct, otherwise you risk missing the shot. 
  • You may want to set your camera to take lower resolution pictures so that you can fit more images onto one memory card, but realize that you are sacrificing some quality in the process. The lower setting should only be used for images that will be shared via computer and not in print. 
  • Usually before taking a picture, you want to figure out if you should take advantage of the shadows or highlights on your subject. If you so choose, you can take two different pictures with different effects, and blend them together using programs such as Photoshop. 
  • If you’re photographing nature, take care. Take a moment to appreciate the scene, as well as to make sure that you are leaving no traces. If you truly love the spot you’re photographing, you should take good care of it. Try to leave it just as beautiful as you found it so that others, including other photographers, can appreciate it as much as you do. 
  • Photographing your subject from below, at an upward angle, can make them seem more compelling. If you want your subject to appear weaker, shoot the photo from above. There are many different times you can try these techniques, but of course trial and error is the best teacher. 
  • Although your camera can take horizontal shots, you shouldn’t completely rely on this feature. You can get a visually striking photograph by turning and holding your camera vertically. Zoom in to capture interesting details, or zoom out if you want to put a whole human body in the frame. 
  • Use All Your Available Space – Don’t be afraid to use all the space in your photo. If you want to take a picture of something, it’s ok for it to take up the whole shot with no or very little background showing. Keep distractions out of your shot 
  • Study Forms – This is a vital aspect to photography. Understanding forms in your photos. Don’t see an object, she its shape and its form and find the best angle to photograph it from. Form is all around us and I highly suggest you read as many books on it as possible. 
  • Motion In Your Photos – Never have motion in your photos if you are photographing a still object. If there is something moving while you are trying to photograph a stationary object, your photo won’t turn out anywhere near as well. Also never put a horizon line in the centre of your frame. 
  • Learn To Use Contrasts Between Colors – Some of the best photos have shades of white, gray and black. You can take great shots with just one color on your subject, but the contrasts between colors in a shot is what makes you a great photographer. 
  • Get Closer To Your Subject – This is one of the biggest mistakes most photographers make, not getting close enough to their subject. Get up and personal and close the distance gap. You can always reshape and resize a good shot but you can’t continue to blow up a distant object. 
  • Shutter Lag – Shooting action shots with digital camera’s can be tricky due to shutter lags. What this means is, when you press the button to take the photo, it can take up to a second for the shutter to take a photo, by that time what you were photographing would have moved or changed somehow.  This means you have to compensate for shutter lag by predicting what your subject is going to do and taking the photo just before it takes the action you want. More expensive digital cameras don’t have this problem. 
  • Pan – If you are taking an action shot and your shutter speed is slow, pan with the object. Follow through with the subject, from start to finish and one of those shots will be a winner. You have more chance of getting a good shot if you take more than one photo. 
  • Continuous Shots – To pan like I suggested above you will need a camera that does continuous shots and doesn’t need to stop and process after every shot. 
  • How To Take Fantastic Night Time Shots – Night time shots can be spectacular, almost magical…. if done right! If not they can look horrible. Really horrible. Without adequate lighting, even good camera’s can turn out crappy photos if the photographer doesn’t know what he or she is doing.  If your digital camera has a special night time mode, read the manual and follow their instructions on how to use it properly.

 






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