These photography tips are dedicated to the newest photographers. If you have started in the world of photography not long ago and you feel a little lost, these tips are going to be great to motivate you to keep going.
This is a compilation of tips that will help you both to evolve as a photographer and to improve your photos. We will review some elements that tend to spoil images and many tricks with which you will make your photos more spectacular. Let’s go there!
Take the Camera Over
You never know when that special moment that you can photograph will appear or if you will pass through a magical corner worth capturing. That is why it is important that you always try to carry your camera with you so as not to miss that moment.
If you are going to travel, to attend an event or, simply, to take a walk, take your camera with you. Do not think that you will be more comfortable without it or that carrying weight will be an impediment to enjoying. Because if you think like that, it is surely laziness or insecurity that speaks and not your desire to get spectacular photos.
Seek the Light
Light is everything in photography. Therefore, now that you are beginning to discover this world, understanding and seeking the light must become your priority. Look at her, even when you’re not taking photos.
Start asking yourself questions like how light affects objects and faces, how the intensity and color of natural light changes throughout the day, what light is like in an interior. And do the same with other related elements such as shadows, reflections, light rays passing through blinds, through smoke … Even look at artificial light.
Select the Fund well
Choosing a suitable background for the photograph you are going to take is very important. In fact, it may be the key to composition. Although if the background does not contribute anything and you want to avoid it, remember that you can use high diaphragm apertures (low f-numbers) and get it not to come out sharp.
Anyway, before taking the photo make sure that the background does not contain any element or any color that could distract the viewer. If so, try moving your position around the subject you want to photograph to see how the background varies.
Analyze the Subject
When taking portraits, carefully analyze the subject you are portraying. It is essential that you detect if there are elements that can generate distraction and avoid giving them prominence. A watch that is too bright, a stain or wrinkle on clothing, or hair in front of the face, are examples of things that you can prevent by directing your model well.
Including elements or accessories in the composition can be interesting, but as long as they are not left in the background to the person being portrayed. That you agree with the model and have fluid and relaxed communication will be the key to achieving natural and visually attractive poses.
Focus the Eyes Well
One more tip for portrait lovers. Focus on focusing your eyes well so that your eyes appear completely sharp. Why? Well, because when we look at a portrait photograph, our gaze goes directly to the eyes of the model. It is a gesture that we make intuitively when making eye contact with a person.
The same thing happens to us with photography. Looking first into the eyes is our unconscious way of reading an image. Unless we are looking at a portrait without a face, the eyes usually acquire all the visual weight of an image. For this reason, if we achieve a portrait with well-focused eyes, we will visually attract the viewer who observes it.
Choose the Best Frame
When we take a photograph, we usually want to show something, so the object or subject photographed should stand out from the rest of the image.
Take the same photo trying different frames to see which one works best for each situation. Choose well the parts you want to leave out of the photograph and remember not to cut at the joints.
Use the Vertical Format
Are you one of those who only take pictures in the horizontal position of the camera? Remember that you can vary the format so that your photography gains more strength. Try taking the same photo horizontally and vertically to analyze them later and see which one you like better. But above all, why do you like it better.
Some elements such as buildings, trees, waterfalls, or human figures have proportions that perfectly fit the vertical format. Normally, we will place the ‘weight’ of the image at the bottom of the frame because we usually read vertical images from bottom to top.
Change the Point of View
Don’t take all photos from the same perspective. If you take them from your natural position, they will all look the same. Any position other than the classic one will bring a new point of view to your photographs, giving them a different touch.
Try to take photos by varying the angle of the camera and get overhead shots, nadirs, chopped, low-angle shots, etc. And thus get your own vision of a space or even a creative and original portrait.
Learn the Rules and Break Them
Surely you have heard about the rules of composition in photography: the law of the gaze, the rule of thirds, the rule of the horizon. The truth is that these are not unbreakable guidelines that you must follow to the letter. The compositional rules are rather easy-to-understand and simple-to-apply guides that can help you compose your photographs.
For beginning photographers, they can be very useful when it comes to framing and knowing how to distribute the visual weight of the elements in an attractive way. They will surely help you learn, but you don’t have to always follow them. In fact, over time, our advice is that you try to break them, getting equally spectacular photos.
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