Seriously, How To Take A Better Photo

Every time I be somewhere in camera at hand, someone always keep me company with all types of question about photography. I'm not a professional photography but when the people seems to attract to you, it should mean something already. People tend to start believing in you and your experience. Not because you have studied somewhere in prestigious college of photography or you have a state of the art expensive camera. And one of the top but regular question that keep coming in is, how can i take a good photo?

For me it is not about taking a good photo but how to take a better photo. Let me explain!

The first photo you take might not be good or you certainly not satisfied with it. But that is your first photo that you take with your most effort and knowledge. The second photo you take might be different or better because you've learn a different technique. Now, isn't your knowledge double already and you can take a better photo from the first photo. You might be laughing, but trust me, most new or nowadays photographers always put their aims to high. They want to be like the professional photographers in second when they're enthusiasm with the photo they see. It is not wrong to aim like that but you're hurting yourself. Then like almost everyone i meet, they're no longer have their camera because they blame the difficulties in handling their camera, don't have much time, their picture did not have a good review and so on.

My truth advise : take it easy and take your time. Photography is not about being a professional photographer but taking a better photo every time.If you keep skipping the most important steps on your way to take a good photo, you will never be a success photographer. Ask any of the pro-photographer, they will tell you - start from the beginning!

Let see that in other way. If you intend to drive a F1 racing car someday like Michael Schumacher, did you just buy the F1 car and you can be like him? Certainly have to take a great driving lesson, familiar with all the car gadget and technique. Then, maybe you can at least claim that you have the same skills as him.

So, to start with, if you think taking a better photo is hard, think back! You don’t need expensive camera , just 10 simple tips. These tips should be a simple guide to make your photo better every time but it really depends on you.


Tip 1 - Use All Your Available Space

Don't be afraid to use all the space in your photo. If you want to take a picture of something, it's ok for it to take up the whole shot with no or very little background showing. Keep distractions out of your shot

Tip 2 - Study Forms

This is a vital aspect to photography. Understanding forms in your photos. Don't see an object, she its shape and its form and find the best angle to photograph it from. Form is all around us and I highly suggest you read as many books on it as possible.

Tip 3 - Motion In Your Photos

Never have motion in your photos if you are photographing a still object. If there is something moving while you are trying to photograph a stationery object, your photo won't turn out anywhere near as well. Also never put a horizon line in the center of your frame.

Tip 4 - Learn To Use Contrasts Between Colors.

Some of the best photos have shades of white, gray and black. You can take great shots with just one color on your subject, but the contrasts between colors in a shot is what makes you a great photographer.

Tip 5 - Get Closer To Your Subject

This is one of the biggest mistakes most photographers make, not getting close enough to their subject. Get up and personal and close the distance gap. You can always reshape and resize a good shot but you can't continue to blowup a distant object.

Tip 6 - Shutter Lag

Shooting action shots with digital camera's can be tricky due to shutter lags. What this means is, when you press the button to take the photo, it can take up to a second for the shutter to take a photo, by that time what you were photographing would have moved or changed somehow.  This means you have to compensate for shutter lag by predicting what your subject is going to do and taking the photo just before it takes the action you want. More expensive digital cameras don't have this problem.

Tip 7 - Pan

If you are taking an action shot and your shutter speed is slow, pan with the object. Follow through with the subject, from start to finish and one of those shots will be a winner. You have more chance of getting a good shot if you take more then one photo.

Tip 8 - Continuous Shots

To pan like I suggested above you will need a camera that does continuous shots and doesn’t need to stop and process after every shot.

Tip 9 - How To Take Fantastic Night Time Shots

Night time shots can be spectacular, almost magical.... if done right! If not they can look horrible. Really horrible. Without adequate lighting, even good camera's can turn out crappy photos if the photographer doesn't know what he or she is doing.

Tip 10 - Study Your Manual

If your digital camera has a special night time mode, read the manual and follow their instructions on how to use it properly.

And the most important thing, keep your camera clean. Don't blame the technique or tips that you read if your photo look something that come out of a trash when your camera is dirty and the lenses are full of dust.

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