Getting a good picture is far more than selecting a good subject. Actually, the complexities, hues and dimensions of the subject can be enhanced or diminished according to the positioning of the camera and the experience wielding it.
To capture a great image that will effectively depict the moment and conjure up the sensory memory associated with a dense tropical jungle, busy urban sprawl or the perfection of a kitten’s whiskers, some photography basics must be observed.
Following are some timeless pointers that every up-and-coming photographer should keep in mind.
If your picture is lacking in a explosive quality that makes the subjects almost jump out at the viewer, you are taking a picture from too far away. The frame finder has purpose, it shows you what the final image will look like and it is important to fill your frames with your subject. Wasted space is distracting and greatly minimizes the attention a viewer consciously and unconsciously gives the central figure. The closer you can get to the detail, expressions and textures you hope to capture the better.
The best way to improve a skill is to practice often. It really doesn’t matter what you are capturing in your image, the important thing is to familiarize yourself with the skill of capturing subjects in ways that enhances some element of their personality or nature, even in still life. As you hone your skills you will be able to use them to express stories and detailed messages. Don’t worry about forcing a specific style at first, this will come in time.
See The light
An expert marksman will check the wind’s direction before lining up a skilled shot, a photographer checks the direction of the light. Using the natural light to your advantage rather than trying to work against it always produced the most brilliant and seamless images. Ask yourself how the lighting is working on the subjects you are attempting to capture and adjust your own position accordingly. Shadows make the subject more interesting and can be used to accentuate depth and dimension.
Photography basics also apply to etiquette. When taking your photography to the great outdoors, you will find a wide range of attractive subjects at every corner. Before you help yourself to the feast of visual spectacles, ask permission. Taking the time to request an image of a beautiful building, fascinating face or even an interesting mode of transportation makes you a more welcome visitor and opens up opportunities to return in the future.
Try Using Flash
The flash on your camera is supposed to be used at all times to cast a light on your subject. It is commonly considered to be a support to indoor and night conditions but it can also be used to ensure shadows are controlled and subjects clearly exposed. Sometimes an unexpected shadow can completely throw off the beauty of an image or change classy to comic. Try using your flash even if it is daytime.