Effective photography goes far beyond simple things like lighting levels. There is an art to photography. As an art, there are many different techniques that you can learn to improve your photography. Each of these techniques requires strict attention to detail and a sense of what will make a unique and interesting photograph. Take a look at the tips below to start getting more artistic with your photographs.
Pick what you want in the picture. A good photo is like a little window into specific characteristics of your subject. Don’t try to cram too much into a single photo. In fact, sometimes it’s better altogether if you take multiple photos of a subject instead of struggling to get that one illusive shot of perfection. This works especially well when you’re trying to capture the essence of something.
To improve your photographs, try playing around with the shutter speed on your camera under a variety of different shooting conditions. A moment in time can be captured by a photograph, and then grouped with others to show an expansive time period. If you use a fast shutter speed, you can get photos of things that are in action, whereas slow shutter speeds are good for things that are not moving.
Creating depth in your photographs will add interest and perspective to landscape shots. Place an object or person in your image’s foreground to provide an understanding of the scale of your photo. A small aperture–no more than f/8 on a digital camera and no more than f/16 on a SLR–can show sharpness in both the background and foreground.
Proper shooting stance is very important in photography. You want to hold your arms tight to the body, while having a firm grip on the camera using both hands. This keeps the camera steady and reduces the number of blurred shots you take. If you put your hands underneath your camera, you will not drop it as easily.
Play with the manual white balance feature. Interior photography often comes with a yellowish hue due to the light available from light bulbs. Rather than adjusting the lighting in the room, switch the camera’s white balance to change the atmosphere. This will give your photo’s a more professional looking appearance.
Find other photographers whose work you admire, and look to them for inspiration. When you spend time looking at other photographers’ work, you will be able to see many different ways to capture an image.
Take down notes whenever you are taking pictures. It can be tough to link a picture to the particular situation and feeling you had when you took it, especially when it is one of hundreds. Use a notepad to write down photo descriptions as well as the file name or number of the photo.
Now you may realize that there is more than just angles and lighting to photos. If you do, you will notice your photos improve rather quickly.