Photography is the most popular and influential visual medium the world has ever known. If you have got you new camera, the temptation to go out there and capture the world would be irresistible. Joseph Byford who runs a Commercial Photographer Brisbane business and has been doing commercial photography for over 10 yrs says “the new camera these days are technically advanced and you can straight away go out and start taking your photos. Further there is so much material available online for new comers to learn.”
Go out there, explore your camera and take lots of pictures. You may be naive, or naturally good in taking photos however, following some basic tips will help you take some great photos.
1. Visualise: Before taking a picture with your camera try to visualise the subject in your mind, try to calculate what kind of frame will be best for this subject, how you should take the picture to bring the best out of it, you should be standing or sitting, how far you should stand from the object, and so on.
2. Position: Once you have visualised, positioning yourself according to the subject is very important. Don’t be lazy and move around a bit to adjust the best angle and to give the best frame to the picture. Many people tend to take the picture from where they are without even moving an inch. It is recommended that you should adjust yourself, walk a bit away or closer, twist the angle of the camera, or position yourself to take the best shot. You can of course also change the position of the subject too in some cases.
3. Different Angles: Try to imagine different angles from which you can take the picture. For every subject there are innumerable viewpoints and angles to explore, and all of them will give different results. Pick a subject and look at it from the top, the side, from nearby, from further away, and even from below.
4. Chimping: The term “chimping” means “Checking image preview”. it is a good idea to check the image preview while taking pictures to see the outcome of your efforts, so that you can check if you are making any mistakes or anything you need to do to make the picture better. However, the only issue with this technique is that it may break your rythm and concentration.
5. Lighting: If there is a single element that links all the great photographers of the past and present, it’s that they work hand-in-hand with lights, light is a partner, not an enemy. You will enjoy photography more when you enjoy all kinds of lights and adapt your photography to the prevailing light conditions.
Kyle, an experienced photographer says that “Be careful with how much light or shade you need, whether you should use the camera flash or not, if you need to close that door/window or leave it ajar and if you need to adjust the surrounding to get perfect light on the subject”. However, as a beginner, you might not have worry too much about adjusting lights or editing the pictures to add perfect light on subject.
In the end, it is up to you how you capture the image. The fate of the image is set and sealed the moment you capture it. If the camera moves during exposure, of it the focus, framing, or exposure time are not spot-on, there may be several adjustments to make before it is presentable. Taking a good care while taking the picture will save you hours of work fixing the picture later on computer.
Like Ernst Has once said “The limitation of Photography are in yourself; for what we see is only what we are.”
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