Capturing life’s special moments, in a meaningful way, is possible for anyone who goes out of their way to learn the nuances of photography. Though anyone can purchase a camera, not every person who holds one, will truly master it. Mastering the art of photography is a process that is learned and anyone who seeks out information can become a great photographer. Follow these tips to achieve your maximum potential behind the lens of your camera.
Take photographs quickly! If you take too long, your subject could move, run away or something could change that could ruin your photo. The faster you can snap a photo, the better.
Try different shutter speeds for finding what works for various situations. Photography lets you capture moments in a split-second and allows you to blur together time periods that are large. 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.
Try using a tripod to take your photos. This will reduce or completely remove your movement’s influence. It’s incredibly frustrating to have lined up a perfect shot only to discover that your hands were shaking a bit and completely blurred the photo. This is especially important if you know you don’t have extremely steady hands.
Don’t be afraid of taking pictures. If you use the wrong settings, it’s okay. Go ahead and take the picture anyway. If you want to photograph a person or pet, go up and ask if it’s okay; create a release form to sign if it makes you more comfortable. Just go do it!
A dSLR is required for all serious photographers. These single-lens reflex cameras allow you to see your subject in real time as you take the picture. It’s best to have a full-frame digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera because these have the largest image sensor, and deliver photos with the greatest amount of detail.
When taking a picture outside, try to do so either in the morning or before the sun sets. This is because the sky is not as high in the sky during these times, so the subject of your picture will not have as much of a shadow as it would during the midday hours.
Adjust the white balance option on your camera. Indoor shots usually have a yellowish cast thanks to artificial lighting. It is often not necessary to alter the lighting itself, when the white balance can adjusted to give you a wide variety of options. Your photos will almost instantly appear more professional.
Don’t rely too heavily on image-editing software. It’s a great tool to have, but if you rely on it too much, your photographs will start to look highly artificial. Try to achieve what you want before bringing it into image-editing software.
Learn how to use the ISO setting on your camera. It is the setting that determines the film speed. The higher you set your ISO, the more light that will come in. If you increase the ISO in dark settings you will capture more light making the photo turn out better.
Do not try to be unique all the time. You will not lose your status as a good photographer if you take some classic looking shots. Learn to make the difference between what is art and what is not. Do not edit your basic pictures of your friends to make them look artsy.
Now that you have been enlightened by these simple photographic tips, grab your camera and get out there. That “magic moment” is just a click away, and the world won’t stop spinning. So let your imagination run free, then capture the results for posterity. Only you can tell the photographic story that unfolds from your own unique point of view.