Taking a step into the wondrous and creative land of photography for the very first time might feel a tad bit intimidating, but by keeping the helpful tips listed below in mind, you will soon find yourself taking photos on par with some of the best photographers in the field.
Don’t try to pose your subjects for every picture. Candid, action shots are often times some of the best. You will capture a person in their natural setting, in their natural mood, and the picture will look more “real” because of it. Take lots of candid pictures and you’re sure to get a few that are great.
Simplicity is often the key to snapping that great photograph. Often the best pictures are the ones that you take naturally, without worrying about all the extras.
When photographing portraits, isolate your subject. Use a medium telephoto lens or the medium telephoto setting on your zoom. That, combined with a large aperture (try f/4 or larger), blurs the foreground and background. Focus on the eyes. Use diffused lighting for a flattering look. If outdoors, wait for an overcast sky or shoot with the subject in the shadows and the sun at your back.
The “S” stands for shutter speed. Use low shutter speed to get sharp pictures when capturing moving objects. Set the shutter speed to higher speeds for creating a more experimental picture. This is a cool feature to use when getting photos of fireworks or tail lights on a car. It is an easy way to get artistic features in your photos.
Be careful when shooting with the ISO feature set at a high setting. It will allow you to capture photos in low light settings but it opens the door to noisy pictures that may look grainy. Ideally you should keep the ISO set low or increase it very slightly to capture the low light photos.
Take a few pictures of vacation souveniers from your trips. To help you remember where you purchased items, stand in front of the store with the object, and take a picture. This will help you keep the narrative of your souvenirs alive well after you have returned from your vacation.
Remember that photography is a good activity to practice alone. Your friends might get impatient and rush you while you are composing your pictures. If you have friends who enjoy taking pictures, do not let their vision influence your own compositions. The social aspect of photography comes later when you can look at your pictures with your friends.
Try to get as close as you can to your photo subject. Nothing is as bad as taking a photograph of something that is not close enough to see well. Do everything you can to make sure your subject stands out and is seen clearly.
After you have read and applied the advice from this article, you should start to feel more at ease with photography. With the knowledge you now have on photography, you should feel eager to tackle some challenging scenarios and build your skills.