Gone are the days blurry, indistinguishable photos taken with the wind the thing you bought at the gift shop for five quid: The future is digital! At this point, I’m actually sure many enthusiasts camera might disagree with me, but we enthusiasts, digital cameras can hardly bear. The rise of digital cameras has made it increasingly difficult to find an excuse to take a bad picture. However, if you are still struggling to explain why the eyes of your wife constantly come out looking like the Devil himself in every picture you take, or why your pictures always seem to look like they were touched by halo mischievous angel, here are ten simple tips to improve your photography without giving you a headache in the process
1) Read the manual
This really should go without saying. Even very experienced users can always benefit from reading the manual, as tempting as it is to skip it and get straight to the action. However, if the idea of wading into the quicksand of technical terms and dry, joyless language gives you chills, at least the basics – how to turn the flash on and off and the vehicle, how to zoom in and out, how the use of shutter and how to view your pictures. If you’re feeling braver later, you can always go back and learn the technicalities.
2) The resolution
Although not immediately obvious, it is important to set resolution as high as you can afford it. If it does buy a larger memory card, then do so. The lower resolution is, the ‘fuzzies’ and worse quality photos will be when you come to print them out. A low resolution also makes it harder to crop photos and edit digital, which limits the chances significantly.
3) Make the camera your new best friend
I mean, start to take it everywhere with you. One of my girlfriend’s best friend has made it his resolution to take at least one photo every day. He carries his camera around with him wherever he goes and as a result has come across some stunning shots and improve their technology immensely. It really is the truth of the saying “practice makes perfect”. Additionally, you will get to know how the camera reacts to different types of light – artificial, natural, cloudy, dusk and so on. Besides, most of us can identify with incredible frustration come across the perfect shot and not the camera around to take it.
4) Think outside the box
Start thinking like a photographer. If you see something you want to photograph, not just a click away as some shutter-happy tourists, think! Which angle would subject look best? Would different lighting convey different mood? Should you shoot from close up or farther? Although there are certain ‘rules’ that can help you in the beginning to get a sense of what “good” photo should look like, you should also feel free to experiment. Even if all goes horribly wrong, you can still learn from your mistakes
However, if you are just starting out, it can be helpful to have the following points in mind :.
– apply the rule ‘two-thirds’ after places your points of interest along the third lines photo. Try not to let your horizons or other lines cut the image in half.
– Avoid distractions: it can be fun to realize image looks mom has a tree growing out of her head, but if you are aiming for decent pictures, try to look at the ‘big picture’ as it was and change your position to remove distractions.
– mix things up, take photos from interesting angles, as shown in this picture. While this can go terribly wrong, can often damage the beautiful, unique photographs without a lot of hard work.
5) Keep still and focus
Pay attention to what you’re doing while taking photographs. If you are prone to blurry or shaky images, either you have not got the hang of focus, or you may have to move too much while trying to click your subject. In any case, learn how to use auto focus and do not play with manual focus except autofocus run into trouble. One top tip to steady your shot is to use one hand under the lens to balance it (keep your fingers out of shot though!) And use the other hand to focus and take the picture. If you are still having problems, try experimenting with a tripod, although this will limit your movement.
6) Do not get flash happy
Use your flash sparingly. While it can be a god-send in some cases, if you give in to temptation too often only reward will be washed-out material or strange reflections. Flash is best limited to the following conditions:
– to eliminate ‘panda eyes’ in bright sunlight
– to fill in the dark shadows for contrast
Where possible, avoid the flash by introducing as much light as possible to the area, for example, to open the curtains, turn on lights and so on. If you have no choice but to use your flash during nighttime, go ahead, but do not be prepared for a rather washed out or flattened image.
7) go to the gym
Try a photo-editing software and learn how to use the basics of it. One of the best is Photoshop, but it’s quite expensive. A better option is perhaps to start a Paint.NET is free to download on the Internet (it’s only Windows-compatible though). Even if you are the most computer-phobic man in the world, you should be able to learn some simple skills that can make a world for photographs. Probably the most important things to learn are:
– correct color balance
– set exposure
-. Remove the dreaded red eyes
If you are ambitious, there is almost no limit to what you can do
8) Stand the automatic
most cameras have an automatic mode – some have several different automatic settings. Stick to these until you get your bearings, then due to advances in technology, there is no urgent reason to switch to manual. If you seem to be experiencing problems in the automatic settings, such as constantly taking blurry photos, you might want to start experimenting with your hands, but otherwise do not mess around with it too much.
9) collect critics
Invite other around to see the pictures and to tell you that they like best and why. They’ll be able to point you in both positive and negative factors that might have missed. One can point out that they love the combination of a certain image that you had forgotten. Another might comment on your use of the description, or how to improve the frame. Do not underestimate the use of looking through the eyes of others, as it were, to gain new insights. And do not be put off if everyone is not immediately rave about the newfound artistic talent!
10) Have fun!
And it is control! Do not worry if you first, or even the first hundred photos come out looking a bit pants – it does not matter. What matters is that you enjoy the process of learning and do not put off too easily from mistakes in the beginning. With a little practice photography can be very rewarding and productive hobby, so keep at it!