This page highlights my best tips on taking better photos.
They’re in no particular order, so you’ll just have to print them out and keep them handy when you’re ready to take some fab shots.
Ok, here we go …
Don’t worry too much about how little you paid for your camera or if it is low quality. It doesn’t matter to get great pics.
Zoom in on the most interesting piece of the landscape or nature. Even if it is small, that is what you want your focus to be. Get close.
Hold your camera firm and steady to avoid blurry photos. Some call this “camera shake”.
Don’t let the background get too cluttered. Use something that is quite simple, so it doesn’t take away from the subject you wish to portray.
Be adventurous. Take pictures vertically instead of horizontally. Lie down on the ground and focus up. Different angles are going to create neat photos.
Find the light source before taking the photo. Use the light to help you design.
You allowed to use your flash in the day for optimum effect.
Don’t waste your time checking your existing photos on your camera. Just keep shooting and get some natural scenes.
Think of the number three. Not sure why, but for some reason three things look better. For example, three colors in still pic, three people in a group, three frames … and you get the idea here.
If shooting at night, remove any filters you may have on camera lens. This helps to prevent “glares” or blobs of white on your photo.
Framing can really make your photo. Look at the corners of your intended shot. Work with it until you subject becomes more of the focus. By looking at the corners and making a frame of your subject, you can eliminate unnecessary clutter.
Read up on shutter speed and then practice one at a time. Don’t be overwhelmed by all the settings.
When taking photos of pets, the obvious is to be ready when they do something hilarious. But, keep your eye on their eyes. You will be surprised at how much you can see and what a wonderful photo it will make.
Know that your pet smiles. Do something fun together and you will get a great big grin the photo.
When taking photos of your children or the nieces and nephews, get down to their level. It is more interesting to be looking at them as opposed to looking down at them.
When taking pictures of babies or toddlers, use natural light, so that you don’t scare them or make them close their eyes.
Use a reflector if you can. A white poster board (Bristol board) works nicely.
Add some cute props if you can. Like Scrabble tiles to say something or even Fruit Loops to make a fancy saying in the photo.
Read some websites and books on how to do things with your camera. Even the manual will provide pointers. Don’t be lulled into thinking you need expensive equipment.
Always have the camera ready with batteries charged. Clean off lens.
A couple notes in etiquette:
- Have fun. Don’t panic about it not being perfect.
- Always ask permission to take photos of people. You certainly do not want to be taking pics of strangers’ children no matter how cute they are.
- Respect property and nature. Don’t trample and wreck things.
And, there you have it … my cheat sheet.
Once you’re ready to take your photos to the next level and make them even greater, you can start using a Photo Editing Software Program. Here’s my own page on recommended tools for editing and adding special effects.