A picture is worth a thousand words, and taking pictures is an art form that anyone can learn with a little practice. Here are some things to remember when taking pictures:
* Composition is key. The best pictures are usually those that are well-composed, with the subject matter placed within the frame in an aesthetically pleasing way. Pay attention to the rule of thirds and try to avoid putting your subject dead-center in the frame.
* Lighting is everything. Good lighting can make even the most mundane subjects look beautiful, while bad lighting can ruin even the best composition. Try to take advantage of natural light whenever possible, and if you’re using artificial light, be sure to experiment until you find a setup that works well.
* Don’t be afraid to experiment. With digital cameras, it’s easy to take lots of pictures and delete the ones you don’t like later. So go ahead and try out different angles, compositions, and lighting setups until you find something that works for you.
LIGHT AND SHADOW. If you want to take better photos, it is helpful to visualize your subject the way a camera does
Cameras see in black and white, so the contrast between light and dark is what makes a subject appear three-dimensional on film or in digital pixels. The human eye is much more sensitive to color than a camera, however, so we tend to think of a sunny day as being filled with light, when in fact it is the strong shadows cast by the sun that give us the sense of light.
The direction of sunlight also affects how we perceive light and shadow. On a bright sunny day, shadows are long and stretch out in front of us. If we take a photo from this angle, our subjects will appear small and far away. If we move around so that the sun is behind us, our subjects will be backlit and their shadows will fall behind them. This can create a very different effect, making our subjects appear larger than they really are while still maintaining soft lighting on their faces.
The time of day also has an impact on how light falls across a scene. Early morning or late afternoon sunlight tends to be softer and more diffuse than midday sun, which can cast harsh shadows that can be unflattering in photos. By understanding how all these factors affect lighting, you can start to control it to create the kinds of photos you want to take..
DRAW FOCUS TO SUBJECT MATTER. Give a camera to 10 different people
When taking pictures, it is important to remember to focus on the subject matter. This means that the camera should be pointed at the subject, and the settings should be adjusted so that the subject is in sharp focus. The background can be out of focus, but the subject should be clear.
There are a few different ways to achieve this. One way is to use a shallow depth of field. This means that you set the aperture (the size of the opening in the lens) to a low number, such as f/2.8 or f/4. This will cause everything except for your subject matter to be blurred out.
Another way to achieve sharp focus on your subject is by using a longer focal length setting on your lens. For example, if you are using a 50 m m lens, try changing it to an 85 m m or 100 m m lens. This will make your subject appear larger in relation to their surroundings, and therefore they will be more likely to be in sharp focus than if you had used a shorter focal length setting.
Finally, remember that you can always move closer to your subject if you need to! If all else fails and your picture isn’t quite as sharp as you would like it to be, simply take a few steps closer until your desired level of sharpness is achieved.
FEEL BEFORE YOU CAPTURE
Before you capture a moment, it is important to feel the emotion and energy that you want to convey in your photo. Ask yourself what feeling you want your viewer to experience when they see your photograph. Do you want to convey happiness, sadness, love, anger, or something else entirely? Once you have a clear idea of the feeling that you want to communicate, it will be much easier to take a picture that accurately reflects your vision.
In addition to thinking about the feeling that you want to communicate, it is also important to consider the composition of your photo. What elements do you want to include in the frame? How can you arrange them in a way that will best convey the emotion of the scene? Paying attention to these details will help ensure that your photograph is truly captivating.
DOES YOUR IMAGE TELL A STORY WORTH TELLING?
As a photographer, you have the power to freeze a moment in time and share it with the world. But what makes a photograph worth taking? Is it the technical perfection of the image? The beauty of the subject matter? The originality of the composition?
The answer is all of these things, and more. A great photograph is one that tells a story, one that captures an emotion or feeling and communicates it to the viewer. It is an image that stops you in your tracks and makes you think, feel, or even laugh out loud.
So how do you create an image with such impact? It starts with your vision – what do you want to say with your photograph? Once you have defined your purpose, it’s time to start thinking about composition. What elements will best help tell your story? How can you use light and shadow to create mood? What angle will give your subject matter the most impact?
It takes practice – lots of practice – to hone your skills as a storyteller. But don’t be discouraged if not every image you take is a masterpiece. The important thing is to keep shooting, and keep learning. With each new photo you take, you’ll get one step closer to creating something truly special.