Interest in photography is increasing, and this has created a glut of newbies who are confused about how best to improve their photography skills. The thing about photography is that you have to learn as much as you can about the subject to improve your skills. Here are some tips to improve your shots and your skills.
When taking pictures, avoid overcast skies. If your photos contain too much gray sky they will appear washed-out and muted. For a photo that will include a large section of overcast sky, black-and-white may be a better choice. However, if it is a cloudless day, feel free to include as much of the sky as you desire.
While holding onto the camera, your arms should be closely beside the body. Hands should be beside and under the camera. This minimizes shaking, resulting on clearer pictures. Additionally, by cradling your hands around and under the camera, it will prevent accidental dropping of the device.
While the background is important, what the viewer is going to notice first is the foreground of the landscape. Add some interesting elements or colors to your foreground to create a better frame for your landscape.
If taking pictures with people in them, blur the background slightly. When your background is not blurred, it will take the attention from your subject, and you will have a harder time making the viewer focus on what you want. This is most easily accomplished by moving your subject further away from the backdrop.
Always keep your batteries charged; you have to be ready at all times to take the perfect shot. Digital cameras can use a lot of power, especially when using the LCD screen, so make sure your batteries are fully charged before needing to use the camera. Since you’ll be taking a lot of pictures, you should probably bring a back-up set of batteries, too.
Putting your models at ease is important, especially if they are unfamiliar with you. Many people see photographers as a possible threat. So be nice, initiate a conversation, then ask them if you could take their picture. Reassure people that the goal of your photography efforts is to capture and create art, and not to violate their privacy.
Throughout life, it has been ingrained in our minds to have things symmetrical. To create photographs that are more interesting, try aiming your camera so that your subject is slightly off center. Use your auto-focus sparingly, especially if you are trying to take off-center pictures. Use the manual focus and lock it right before you take your picture.
Now that you’ve read these tips, try applying them to your photography and see what a difference they can make. These tips are only useful if you actually go out and practice them.