5 Tips to Help Improve Your Photography Today
This article is provided by a Bizzie Living guest contributor
Between Christmas coming up and having to use Anywho.com to avoid bill collectors, who has the money to spend on a brand new digital SLR? But for true photographers there is no other option other than the digital single lens reflex camera, which allows for the optimum level of adjustment necessary for perfect picture taking. Yet, not every true photographer can afford one. That’s why I’ve put together the following little list of rules that anyone with any kind of camera can follow to instantly improve the quality of their photographs:
1. The Rule of Three
This is something taught on the first day of photography class. Photographic images can be divided into nine imaginary squares, each created by imagining three lines going sideways intersecting with three lines going longways. The subject or subjects of a photograph should always be positioned where these lines intersect. It’s also important to look at the top and bottom sideways lines as your cues for where the ground and sky should be in an image. This keeps an image balanced without making it boring.
2. Something Black and Something White
This doesn’t necessarily pertain to the actual color of objects and subjects in the frame, but rather to shadows and lighting. Ideally, there should be some place in your image that is solid black, whether it’s the pitch of a t-shirt or the paint of an old iron bridge. Reversely, there needs to also be something brightly white – typically something reflecting light. This sets up a range of contrast and keeps your photos from looking washed out or looking too dark.
3. Keep Colors Limited
When photographing found subjects and the found environment this is not always possible. But when creating an image piece by piece on a set for example, it’s imperative that you keep the variety of color to a minimum. Your subject should either be lighter or darker than the background, but either way the colors should complement and not clash. Next time you watch a movie, pay attention to how rarely you see a scene with tons of different colors. It’s distracting and takes away from the image.
4. Know Your Lens
Depending on what camera you use, or what setting of your smarphone camera you’re on, the lens is different as well. Not all lens are created equal. Telephoto lens for example scrunch everything up close together, making people appear thinner, but also gawky if they’re already thin. Wide angle lens spread the image out, which makes people look larger and more looming in their environment. Knowing what kind of lens you have will help you make better decisions in how you set up your shots.
5. Breathe in, or Breathe Out
Photographers are in debate as to whether it’s better to breathe out and take your photo or breathe in and perform the function then. Either way the goal is to prevent shakiness, which is the main reason why even photos taken with a flash can look fuzzy. Practice in front of a mirror to see whether or not you’re more steady when inhaling or exhaling. Whichever is best, making sure you stay steady when snapping a picture is vital when it comes to taking good pictures.
These tips won’t exactly turn you into a Gordon Parks overnight, but they will cause you to remarkably improve your photography if you hadn’t taken them into consideration before. Now is not the time to invest in better equipment – now is the time to learn a thing or two about how to take a better picture with the camera you have.