Do you want to take a picture that you are proud? Do you want to take a picture that others cannot stop raving about? Thought so. I’ve got some really good hints and ideas to guide you through the process of taking amazing pictures that are simple and fun.
Take You Camera With You
The best way to take amazing pictures is to never leave your camera at home. You cannot miss a good shot if you have your camera with you. There is always photographic moments for you to capture so why not assure that you are capturing them? You camera is only one tool to amazing pictures but it is a very essential tool. No camera, no pictures.
Choose a Background
There are innumerable backgrounds out there that can either enhance you photograph or be a distraction. So how do you know which it is that you have? Keep you eyes open for things that will catch the eye and draw attention away from your subject. You are essentially framing the subject you are shooting and don’t want something like a trash can or a pooping dog to take the focus. So be aware of what is in the background. Make sure that you have things that will enhance your subject such as a lake or a stone wall.
A Different Angle
Try moving yourself into different positions so you can get a different view. This can create a different feel to the picture. Being creative in this aspect can be lots of fun and can help you see things in a way that you may not have seen before. You can change the way you hold your camera to give it a different angle as well. Instead of taking the photograph horizontally take it vertically or slightly tilt the camera to give it a different effect.
You can even have your subject change their position. Have them move down to the ground and you can take the picture from above or you can even move yourself down to the ground and look up at them or perhaps take the picture with both of you on the ground. The angles are endless!
Can I Get a Close up?
Get in close. Don’t be afraid to magnify your subject. Find a trait that you love and amplify it. Make it your focus. When taking pictures of flowers, you might see a honey bee on the petals. Make that bee the focus of the shot and the flower petal the background. Or you can get in close on faces making them stronger and more pronounced bringing out the personality of your subject.
There is a low hanging tree branch that almost touches the ground. Beyond the branch is cat with his eyes on a bird. By using the low hanging branch you can put a frame around the cat and his target guiding your viewers eye to exactly what you want. You get to direct the eye of the viewer to what you desire them to see. It can be a way to emphasize a subject and you can be very creative with it. This option gives you infinite opportunities to play around and experiment with different ideas to make your subject the focal point.
Take Your Time
Don’t be in a hurry. When you have time, take it. Relax and enjoy your work. You are creating magic! Take the time to use the skills you’ve learned and explore. When you have time, take time you end up capturing pictures that you might have missed. When you have time, sit and watch children play you can freeze a pure moment of delight or of pain or frustration. In a world where everything is fast and now you can slow it down and get that most amazing picture you were searching for.
When taking portraits of a group or individual don’t be afraid to take charge. Give them suggestions so that their portrait is as amazing as the photographer taking it. When using your creative mind, make sure to tell your subjects that you know what you are doing. This is a great way to make a connections and ensure that you will get through the chaos that can occur when working with people.
People have their own ideas of what they want and what they think is going to look good and social media is very helpful with this too so be very kind and use caution when taking control. Take their ideas and desires into account but you don’t have to heed all of them. These pictures are about what you bring to the table and you have lots of amazing skills to use so help them to see that as you create their dream portrait.
Making eye contact is more personal which makes your subject feel more comfortable. Thus making your photographs pleasant and relaxed. It also makes the experience comfortable which means you’ll be able to see more ideal shots. You might even want to take pictures of those eyes you are looking into. They can tell amazing stories when looking through them.
Make a Connection
When you have time, make eye contact you can make really good connections with your subject(s). This will give you more chances of capturing the personality of your subject(s) which can really give you an edge in your pictures. Having a connection will also make you feel as if you are part of more which gives you an advantage to see more and be more creative.
You can make connections with your surroundings as well. Go to a place that makes your feel something. It doesn’t matter the feeling. With that feeling in mind you have a connection and can then take amazing pictures because you have a specific idea in mind while taking those pictures.
Choose Your Lighting
There at times to when your lighting just doesn’t quite match up right. What do you do? That’s simple. Change your lighting. Move to the shade. Use a tree that has sunlight streaming through the leaves to create a playful effect or highlight a specific part of your subject. It can even take away a nagging glare from the sun that is unflattering to your subject. You can even choose your time which will let you decide how much sunlight you have to work with.
If you have a studio, then you have a studio you have all control over lighting. You get to play around with how dark or how light it is and where the light comes from. You don’t have as much control with real sunlight but you can still utilize it just the same and move your subject or yourself around to get the best effect. Enjoy the light and what it can do for you.
Rule of Thirds
There is something that photographers like to call the Rules of Third. Which means what? When taking pictures if you divide the frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically. Then put your subject in the cross section. This gives aid with balance and composition which will give a pleasing picture and a good starting point.
Think of what is most important and then position them within those lines in the grid. Some cameras have this feature and make this easier but it is not hard to imagine especially since you are so creative.
By placing your subject off center and in one of these thirds you can give it a different dynamic. Sometime placing your subject directly center can divide the picture in two which is not the effect you are seeking, most of the time. So simply place your subject in one of thirds and play around with balance, composition, and feel.
What would you do to become the photographer that everyone wants and talks about? Talk to other people of course. There are two sets of people that you can get advice from; other photographers and regular people. Both will be able to give you advice and their opinion.
There is nothing wrong in asking someone their opinion. That’s all it is, an opinion. It can be very helpful to have someone else look at your work and tell you what they see. Sometimes we are too close to the project and need a fresh pair of eyes. It also helps to get advice from fellow photographers because they are in the same boat you are. They might have had an experience that can help you grow or know something you never thought of. This can help you create and design better making you unstoppable
Don’t be afraid! Get out there and explore! Let your creative juices flow and change it up. Experiment with lighting, angles, eye contact, rule of thirds, time, framing, and getting in closer. The only way to find what you like and what is going to really ignite your passion is to experiment. Try new things. Find out what works for you and what really does not. Use your creativity and explore your inner photographer. When you have time, find what you love and how you love to photograph you will have the most amazing pictures you’ve ever taken and you’ll never turn back.
Use Your Skills
Now that you have this new knowledge and techniques you are all set to get out there and create. Amazing pictures are just a shot away! All you have to do capture them! Have fun and good luck.