If you consider yourself an amateur photographer, or you just wish to create better family photos, there are several things you can do to get better photos. Here are some easy tips to use the next time you head out with your digital camera.
Even an amateur can take professional-looking photos – suitable for framing.
Keep all your photography equipment ready for use. Collect everything you’ll need into one spot. A camera bag is perfect, because it keeps all your things together and lets you carry it all with you. Everything in its place. A good camera bag will let you organise a miniature tripod, more batteries, memory cards, etc. – even a plastic bag or waterproof housing to protect your camera in wet weather.
Hold your Digital Camera Steady
Blurry photos are almost always the consequence of camera movement. Just your very own unsteadiness, causes your camera to move enough to tarnish your pics.
So steady yourself and your camera well before you take the picture.
Plant your feet securely on the ground and tuck your elbows in close to your sides. Rather than using the LCD viewer, steady your digital camera against your forehead and frame the shot using your camera’s viewfinder. You can even steady your upper body by leaning against a wall or a tree. Or totally eliminate any camera movement by using a tripod.
Delicately click the shutter release in one movement once you’re ready. Squeezing the shutter release too hard could jerk the camera downward.
One difference in ‘snapshots’ and truly great photos is the structure of the shot. Unless you’re shooting an outdoor landscape, you can improve most shots simply by getting closer to your subject matter. Depending on the situation, you can literally move closer to your subject, or use the zoom capability on your camera for the same result. Try to get within a couple of feet of your subject so you remove most of the background. You’ll like the end results.
Take more Pictures
Even professionals take loads of pictures of the same target – to get just a few that they will use. With a digital camera, you can erase the images you don’t like, and only publish the winners – so don’t be reluctant to get multiple photos of the same subject. Adjust the angle of the photo. Get slightly closer. Calibrate the lighting.
Why not fill up the whole memory card with photos of your child at the swimming pool, or your little girl in her cap and gown? The more pictures you take, the better the odds that you’ll acquire a few shots that will really delight you.
Vary the Lighting
Making use of natural light will deliver more desirable skin tones when photographing people, so try not to use the flash if you don’t need to. Open air daylight shots are easy, but you’ll have to be a little more imaginative when shooting indoors. Try making use of the light coming in from a window for warmer tones than you would get utilizing the flash.
Experiment with natural lighting. You can get stronger shadows by relocating your subject closer to a window, and pivoting your subject can create more dramatic shadows.
Deal with Red-Eye
Red-eye is the outcome of light travelling through your subject’s eye and reflecting back. You’ll get it more frequently when using your flash, just because the light from the flash isn’t as diffused as natural light. So the first tip for eliminating red-eye is simply to avoid using your flash when you don’t absolutely need to.
One other way to reduce red-eye is to have your subject gaze anywhere but at the camera. This decreases red-eye because any reflection isn’t sent back at your camera lens.
Some digital cameras have a built-in function to instantly remove red-eye if you have to use the flash. Use it.
Go for Candid
Rather than posing two (or more) people looking directly at the camera, get a photo of them communicating with one another. Even two people having a conversation is more interesting than having them stand next to one another facing the camera. Some of the best professional pictures have the target captured deep in thought, with their attention focused inward, as opposed to on the camera lens.
It makes a more interesting shot. Your portrait will appear much more natural – less posed.
Establish a Scene
Putting your subject in the middle of a photograph is just uninteresting. When you frame the shot, you’ll get a much more pleasing result if you place your subject off center.
This is an undeniably professional approach. Place your subject so that they occupy 1/3 to 1/2 of the total composition, but NOT at the exact center of the frame. Capture an interesting background object in the remainder of the frame.
Anyone can try out these approaches. They’re very easy and you’ll get improved, more professional pics.