Photography requires more training than any other artistic pursuit, but it is very rewarding. That doesn’t mean that you can’t take pictures if you weren’t born for it, but it does mean that you’ll need to study some techniques and find a photography style that fits you.
If you want top of the line photos, you should invest in a top of the line camera. Consider adding a digital SLR to your collection of cameras if you want to have optimum images. Most photographers use this type of camera, and for quality photos, you should use it too.
One way to improve your own photography skills is to get inspiration by studying the work of other photographers. Doing so can remind you about all the ways to catch a single image.
Move closer to your subject when you are taking the photograph. Nothing is worse than viewing a photo of a subject that is too far away to see any clear details or colors. When you move closer enough to get a great shot, you save both yourself and those you share your photos with much frustration because the subjects of your photos are more vivid and clear.
When you finally have a great shot in the viewfinder and are about to push that shutter, be still and hold your breath. Even minimal movement can cause your perfect shot to be ruined. Take a spare second, right before hitting the shutter button, to hold your breath and get a straight shot.
There’s no hidden skill required to become a great photographer. Experiment with the settings on your camera to see how they affect the photographs. Luckily, with digital cameras, you can get lots of no-risk practice. You don’t necessarily have to develop every single picture, just keep what you like. Take photographs of anything and everything, and then review them later for ideas and insights on how you might have gotten a better image.
When you take photos in fluorescent lighting, change the white balance so it looks clearer. Fluorescent lighting can cause green or bluish light, so the subject will appear “cooler-toned,” without having to compensate for the fewer red tones from your camera.
If you set your digital camera to the lowest setting, you will be able to fit more images on your memory card, though you will also be sacrificing the quality of the pictures. Reserve the lower settings for images that are going to be shown only on a computer monitor.
When dealing with photos, you generally must decide whether you should expose the shadows or the headlights of the subject. Although, if you take a picture with each setting, you can use photography software to blend the two together.
It is important that you understand the ISO function of your camera and what it can do to your photo. When ISO levels are higher, you will find more grain in both the viewable and printable versions of your images. This can ruin your pictures unless you are planning on having that look.
Try experimenting with the shutter speed on your camera. Although the quickest shutter speeds are used to freeze a moment in time, consider what is possible with slower shutter speeds, such as 1/30. See that cyclist speeding by? The resulting image will portray the cyclist in sharp outline, but the background will appear streaked, as in motion.
If you’ve read this far, you’ve learned that anybody–including you–can take amazing photographs. There’s a lot of room for creativity and flexibility in the photography world; if you want a career as a photographer, you can be financially successful and have fun along the way. Taking photos is more than pointing and clicking. Photography is about taking the artistic beauty that is present all around you and having it immortalized forever.