Congratulations; that’s great! There is a lot of information that may make it difficult to determine how to start. The next few paragraphs will see to it that you have a foundation on which to build your photography skills.
Get close to your subject for a better shot. Getting up close allows you to put a frame around your subject while avoiding any disruptive backgrounds. This is especially important if you are photographing a subject for a portrait, as it makes it easier for you to focus your lens on facial expressions. The important thing to remember is that the small details that turn a good photo into a great one are easily missed when you are farther away from your subject.
Try different perspectives, and take original photos. A great photograph should be not only aesthetically pleasing, but should also showcase a personal style. Stay away from taking classic pictures that people have seen a million times. Lay on the ground to capture something above you, or shoot down from a balcony. Express your creativity through your photographs.
A very sunny day may seem perfect for photographs, but taking a picture in direct sunlight has many pitfalls. It causes odd shadows and glare, and direct sunlight in the eyes of the photographer or the person being filmed is never good. Early morning or twilight are much better choices for photo shoots.
Most importantly, photography should be fun. Pictures should serve as a reminder for a particular moment that you would like to capture forever and be able to look back on in the future. Just remember to have fun while taking photos, you will be much happier and want to learn additional skills.
Shoot photos of a wide range of individuals. Make sure you always ask if it is okay before you proceed. After you get home from your trip, these images will provoke thoughts and memories, even if they are nothing more than ordinary. Look for people with interesting faces, candid expressions and casual, local dress.
Get as close as you can to your subject. Terribly far away shots prevent the viewer from seeing clear colors and details. Make it easy for yourself and your viewers to see a subject clear and vividly.
If you like the old style that is associated with using a camera that uses film then you should pick one up from a secondhand store and see how you like it. You can use ISO 200 rated black and white film to get some very dramatic looking photographs. After getting the film developed, consider having prints made onto a variety of papers, including fiber-based papers.
When composing a shot, keep in mind the artistic axiom “less is more.” There is no reason to clutter or add a bunch of elements to your shots. Adopting a simple, minimalistic style can help you to identify the heart of a shot.
A lot of times in photography, people will stare 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. You might also direct the subject to focus on an object or person within the frame.
When dealing with any kind of landscape subject, you need to make sure that your photos have three very important things. These include a mid ground, a background, and a foreground. This concept is not exclusive to photography, however. Painters rely on the idea to add visual depth to their creations.
Avoid having your subjects where the color white to a photo session, as it can seriously affect the final images in a negative way. The camera is going to get a reading because it is set to auto-focus. White clothing will almost always get “washed out” in these photographs.
Though you may want to set your camera at a low setting to store more pictures on the storage card before downloading, know that you sacrifice image quality when you do that. The lower setting should only be used for images that will be shared via computer and not in print.
Take a silhouette shot. Most silhouettes are created using a sunset. There are so many other ways to do it too though. Any background that is substantially brighter than your subject will create a silhouette. You can establish artificial light in the background or position your subject before a source of light, such as a window, if you want to create a silhouette image. Remember, that this technique could show off an unflattering angle, so be careful in your setup.
You should now have a clue as to what you need to do to improve your photography skills. Return to this list as needed to brush up on the techniques discussed. Keep persevering, and you will transform your photos into true art.