Congratulations! There is indeed a lot of things to learn and you may be unsure where to begin. Below are some tips that can boost the quality of your photos.
Try using different shutter speeds and remember what works for a specific situation. You can choose to leave the shutter open and capture the night sky as it swirls overhead, or set if for a fraction of a second to capture high speed action. Using a fast shutter speed can help you catch moving objects, while the slower speed can help you get those natural scenes.
Pay attention to natural lighting. You might need to use your flash feature or install additional sources of light, but you can use natural lighting to create interesting effects with light and shadow. Position your subject accordingly. Make sure the photograph is not too dark or too bright.
If you are having difficulty holding your camera straight, purchase a tripod. A tripod will go a long way in helping to keep your camera in place, so you can focus on other variables other than balance. Tripods work great if you are in the wilderness or on an uneven terrain.
Be creative and unique with your subjects. You don’t want to take the same old photo every other photographer has done. Look for unique shots that people haven’t seen before. Choose interesting subjects that aren’t going to bore anyone who sees them. If you want to make a name for yourself, this is essential.
Make sure the background you choose complements the subject of the photo. If you take a photo of a model against a busy background, the viewer’s attention is going to be drawn to the background rather than the clothes. As a general rule, simple backgrounds with colors that contrast with those of the subject are ideal.
When you are taking landscape photos, consider the sky. If the sky is rather bland and boring, do not let it dominate the photo. If the sky is lit up with wonderful colors (especially during sunrise, sunset or a storm) it is okay to let the sky dominate the photo.
Tinker with your cameras manual white balance. Indoor lighting can sometimes cause your pictures to look yellow and off colored. It is often easier to change the white balance setting on the camera than to adjust the lighting in your room. Your photos will almost instantly appear more professional.
Be more creative using limitation. Focus on specific concepts to narrow the scope of your photography. Make an attempt to take 100 photos from a similar point of view or from the same small location. By limiting yourself to a small area and view, you will find yourself thinking outside of the box and coming up with more creative photos.
When you are taking a picture, your arms should be close to your sides. This will help keep the camera still and ensure that your picture turns out clear and crisp. Your non-dominant hand should also be under the camera lens to hold it steady as you snap the picture.
Shoot your subject quickly. If there is any chance of your subject moving, take the shot as quickly as you can. You never know when your subject will move, or get tired of waiting for you to take the shot. It’s better to shoot right away and get too many pictures, then to wish you had.
Consider lighting carefully when taking photos. Some photos are more striking when taken in shadow, while others need you to expose the subject’s highlights. However, with new digital technology you can take two photos of the same subject, each with different exposures, and stitch them together into a perfectly exposed photo.
Try to do all your photo editing yourself. There are lots of image editing programs that are easy to use where you can do it yourself. Look for a program with an unlimited number of methods to edit your existing photos. And make sure it is simple to learn to use.
You should now have some ideas about new steps you will take to improve your picture taking skills. Refer to this article whenever you need a refresher or some new ideas. Your photography will improve with practice and your photographs will begin to become works of art.