Taking photographs can be a great way to have fun and express yourself. Being included with these artists is as easy as learning a few simple tips to improve your own photographic skills.
Overcast skies should not be included in the composition of a picture. Showing too much gray sky in photos will make pictures appear muted. If you still want to take pictures of an overcast sky, try a black and white feature. If the sky is blue and beautiful, include it as much as you want, but pay attention to the light.
Many photographers ignore the foreground in their shots focusing on the background, but the viewer sees the foreground. Ensure that the foreground of the photograph has a striking frame and considers depth in the shot.
It is important to combine your ISO, aperture, and correct shutter speed. These are the three features that drive the exposure of the photographs you take. Unless you are shooting for an artsy, atmospheric result, try to avoid under- or over-exposed photos. If you try out the different features and how they work together you can find what works best for you!
Before you take a photo, do not move and hold your breath. Even a very slight movement can cause motion blur and ruin that perfect shot. Just before hitting the button, take a moment to steady the camera and take a deep breath.
If you are intrigued by the nostalgic quality of photography captured by traditional film, consider picking up a manual camera from your local thrift shop. Consider purchasing black and white film that has an ISO of 200 to create especially dramatic pictures. Try having prints made on different papers, like fiber-based papers.
In order to take proper indoor photos under fluorescent light, you should tweak your white balance settings. Fluorescent lighting usually gives off bluish and greenish light, so subjects may take on a cooler tone than you intend without compensating for the lack of red tones with your camera.
As a learning exercise, set restrictions that force you to find creative solutions. One way is to limit your shots for a whole day to subjects that express a single idea. Take that goal one step further, by take 100 different and unique photos of the same subject, or in confined quarters. 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.
Frame all of your photographic shots. When composing your photos, look around for unique natural or man-made elements that can act as frames for your subject. If you are attentive, you can find “frames” within the environment that make your subject stand out. This is good for practicing composition.
Now you know how to transform your photography hobby into an art form. Use the advice in this article to capture images that you are truly proud of. So grab your camera, use a few of our tips, and watch your photography skills soar!