Ten tips to taking a better image
If only I had a nickel for every time some one complained to me that the reason they can’t take good images is because of their camera. So here is a list of ten tips to taking a better image.
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 perfectly for it to take up the whole shot with no or very little background. This will actually diminish distractions out of your shot and place the focus on your subject.
Tip 2 – Study Form and shape
This is a very important aspect to taking a strong image. Understanding forms in your images. Don’t see an object, she its shape and its form and find the best angle to photograph it from. Form and shapes are all around us and I highly suggest you read as many books on it as possible. If you’re not near a library and have some time to kill just Google form and shape on your phone.
Tip 3 – Motion In Your Images
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 image won’t turn out anywhere near as strong. Also never put a horizon line in the center of your frame move the horizon off center as this will make the image more pleasing to the viewers eye.
Tip 4 – Learn To Use Contrasts Between Colors.
Some of the strongest images 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 an image is what makes you a great photographer and not a bad one.
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. Also if you cant get there with your lens then zoom with your feet. In other words, walk up to your subject. Sometimes a simple acknowledgement with your subject can make all the difference.
Tip 6 – Shutter lag
Shooting action shots with digital camera’s can be tricky due to shutter lag. 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. This problem is very common in point and shoot style cameras and cell phone cameras.
Tip 7 – Panning
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. I teach this technique in my intro class, as it’s a good skill to learn and can really transform your work.
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. Without adequate lighting, even good camera’s can turn out crappy photos if the photographer doesn’t know what he or she is doing. Also key to night time images is a tri-pod and spend the most that you can afford. Going cheap on a tri-pod is a decision you will surely regret.
Tip 10 – Study your manual or take a class
Last but not least is to read your manual and/or take some classes.