Have you ever wanted to get that perfect picture, capture the sun in a way that is breathtaking? Or maybe you just want to know more about learning to be a photographer! With these helpful hints, steps, tips, and warnings, you will soon become the great photographer that people admire. Here there are 15 tips for a good photographer.
The best way to know what to do with your camera is to actually read the manual. So many people miss this really important step on their photographic journey. Every camera is different, so by reading the manual you will get to know all the funky things it's capable of.
Hold your camera properly: You might not know it, but there is a right way and a wrong way to hold a DSLR camera. The correct way is to support the lens by cupping your hand underneath it. This is usually done with the left hand, with your right hand gripping the body of the camera. This helps to prevent camera shake. If you are gripping your camera with your hands on either side of the camera body, there is nothing supporting the lens, and you might end up with blurry photos. To get an even stabler stance, tuck your elbows into the side of your body.
Shoot portraits and landscapes in the golden hours - the light is softer and the colours are more vibrant.
It's not just the person or object in your frame, it's everything else in the background that can make or break a great photograph. So don't be afraid to ask the person to move (or move yourself) to avoid something ugly in the background.
Get a camera, It does not have to be new. Check out how many mm it has! 36mm-108mm works well.
Rule of Thirds: This is one of the most common tips that pop up when it comes to improving your photos. To break it down, you cut your frame into thirds by using both horizontal and vertical lines. You then place your point of interest over the cross sections of the grid.
Use flash during the day: You might think that you should only use flash at night time or indoors, but that's not the case at all. If it is an extremely bright day outside and the sun is creating harsh shadows on your subject, switch on your flash. By forcing extra light onto your subject, you will be able to fill in those ugly shadows and create an even exposure.
Start experimenting with your settings. There are tons of them to mess with.
For starters, take pictures of flowers, with the right knowledge, they are easy to capture and they look beautiful. To work on this, go to flower mode (macro) and work on it.
ISO: If you are shooting outside during the middle of the day you will need to use a lower ISO such as 100 or 200. If your subject or scene is too dark you will need to use a higher ISO such as 800 or 1600. Using a high shutter speed to capture fast movement might mean that you need to use a high ISO to compensate. Likewise, if you're using a slow shutter speed to capture blur you will need a low ISO to compensate.
Get to know your camera too. Learn how to turn flash on and off, take pictures (or videos), delete mess ups, look through your previously taken pictures, and zoom in and out and more.
Try different perspectives and angles, this will help you take a possibly normal photo and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece. Also try different settings like colors. You can have a picture be black & white, sepia (red), or just in color.
Experiment with your camera. Try getting down on your knees. Throw a pebble in water and then quickly get the picture, you want to be eye to eye with the water (but don't let it get wet) by getting this type of picture, with practice, you can get ripples and waves pictures that are truly stunning.
Some other things that are fun to get are the following: the grass's reflection on the water, clouds, looking up at the top of a tree, chipped paint on old wood, anything mechanical and rusted, fire, animals, shadows, people swimming (especially jumping off a dock), statues, sun shining on water and much more.
Make up your own style, do photography with passion.