Nearly everyone has a camera of some type today. It has been reported that up to 90% of smartphone owners have taken at least one photograph. Since you are reading this, you likely have taken more than one photograph and want to know how to improve your photography skills. Or maybe you have a point and shoot camera or recently acquired a digital SLR camera and wanted to learn how to use it better. No matter what sort of camera you have or your present skill level, you can use these photography tips and tricks to improve your photographs.
Become Familiar with Your Camera
An aspiring photographer once asked an accomplished, professional photographer, “What is the best camera?” The professional replied, “The camera you have with you.” If you don’t have a camera with you, you can’t take the shot. For many people, the camera they have with them is on their smartphone. One way to improve your photography is to learn your camera features. Get to know your camera’s controls so that you can use them without thinking or fiddling with them. When you are totally comfortable with your camera, you are less likely to miss the shot.
Composition: Fill the Frame
One way to immediately improve your photography is to fill the frame. Unless your goal is to capture the background instead of the object you focused on, fill the frame with the object. For instance, if a person is sitting on a log, fill the frame of the camera with the person, minimizing the background. A full picture frame makes the photograph more interesting. A photograph without a dominant subject can be rather boring.
Use the Bokeh Effect for Portraits
If you are taking a portrait, either use a lower f-stop or your camera’s bokeh effect to soften the background and emphasize your subject. When a bokeh effect is used, the background is slightly blurry, while the foreground (your subject) stays in focus.
Shoot With Good Lighting
Many potentially good or even great photos are ruined by poor lighting. Generally speaking, you can’t have too much light in a photo. This always the case, but far more photos end up poor to mediocre because there is not enough light. Sometimes using a flash in bright light can improve the final photography. Most smartphones and cameras allow you to turn on the flash even if the automatic sensor would not ordinarily engage it. You can also use reflectors, or pieces of tin foil to reflect the light on your subject. Cameras are not as sensitive to low light as the human eye. To help capture what your eyes see, use more light.
Shoot Photos during the Golden Hours
The golden hours are about one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. The light during this time is warm and very appealing. The same scene shot during the golden hour generally will be a much more appealing photograph than one shot at another time of the day. The lighting during the golden hour is softer and redder than other times of the day. Photos shot during the golden hours have a nice glow that enhances the photograph.
Move Closer To Your Subject
The telephoto lens on cameras can be a very useful tool. However, if you have the option of moving closer to your subject, do that instead, for a better photograph.
Change Perspective for Interesting Effects
Instead of shooting the photograph always from a standing position, change the perspective. Shoot the photo laying on your stomach, or while kneeling. Stand on a ladder and shoot down on your subject. A different perspective can make the photograph much more interesting.
Use the Burst Mode
The burst mode is a great way to capture a photo when the subject is moving, fidgety, or erratic. Burst mode works great with small children and pets. Even if your dog is “sitting,” your dog might turn his head or lick his nose, etc. In burst mode, you will get several shots, one of which might be the one you want.
Try some Photoshop work
Any think you try there are little mistake always have and it’s very normal, so fixing some silly mistake or increase photo brightness you can try Photoshop. Although Photoshop is hard when you want to advance work, and for this I say try some Photography image retouching service from some professional website, just search on Google or outsource some work from different marketplace.
If you follow these simple photography tips and tricks, you will soon be taking better photographs. Practice makes perfect. Take lots of photographs. Try taking a picture as you normally would and then take another one using these photography tips and tricks. Compare the photos and see why you prefer one over the other one. Remember to have fun.