Understanding how to optimize the light and the angle can dramatically improve a photo. The following are some tips to follow to take a great picture.
image courtesy of The Los Angeles Center of Photography
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.
When aiming for the perfect shot, remember to keep sunlight in mind. Too little and you can’t see the subject. Too much and one of two things happen. The first is that too much sunlight is directed into the camera’s lens or on the subject and washes out the picture.
The second is the person being photographed has to blink or close his eyes because of the massive amounts of sunlight coming into his eyes.
Get into the habit of adjusting the white balance on your camera. When you are taking shots inside, you can get a yellow tint due to light bulbs. By changing the white balance feature on your camera this will be reduced and you will notice a whole different quality to your photographs. Implementing this feature will create a look of professionalism in the images you produce.
Pay attention to your background. Your main focus should be on your object, but you should use the background to support it. Avoid any unnecessary distractions and clean your background to report the attention on your object. Play with lines and perspective in your background to compliment the shape of your object.
Some say photography as far as teens are concerned is a goodd thing because they bring a fresh new perspective to the field. I absolutely agree.
Some key camera tips
Many cameras allow you to set the white balance. This setting tells the camera which colors to see as highlights. When shooting in artificial light (indoors) set the while balance setting to the “artificial light” mode. It will make your photos look as if they were shot in natural light.
Keeping your camera very steady is the key in shooting images that are crisp and very sharp. Many cameras have an automatic stabilizer built right into it to allow for some leeway. If you are still having problems keeping your camera steady, invest in some kind of a tripod.
Common mistake of a Beginner
A common beginner’s mistake is to place one’s thumb on the lens while taking a photograph. This causes a blurry spot to appear in the corner of a photograph. You should make sure your lens is clean and that you are not obstructing it with your thumb before taking a picture.
Photography is something that can be practiced. A bit of trial and error can teach a lot. Doing a bit of research on the internet, however, can cut some of the time down, as you learn how to recognize good and bad conditions for photos. You will notice improvements right away even if you are just a teenage photographer.
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