If you’re finding that a lot of your pictures are coming out with the same kind of style and lacking something that you can’t quite put your finger on, try trying something new. There are an infinite number of ways to get a good shot on any one item or place. In this article, we’ll supply you with a few suggestions that can help change the kind of images you end up with.
Don’t allow the overcast skies to sneak into your pictures. Leaving too much of the gray sky in your photograph might make the whole shot look too muted and lacking in contrast. If you still want to take pictures of an overcast sky, try a black and white feature. If it is a nice day outside, put as much of the blue sky in your pictures as you would like, but be careful with the lighting.
If you want to take high quality portraits, do not rely on your camera’s built in flash. Instead you want to look at investing in a softbox to use for external lighting. If you can’t afford this, look into purchasing an external flash unit with a diffuser for your camera.
A really good photography trick is to pay close attention to angles. Angles can be very helpful when you’re planning a composition. They can point towards certain things you want to focus on, creating a visual path for the viewer’s eye to travel. Make good use of them.
Be careful when shooting with the ISO feature set at a high setting. It will allow you to capture photos in low light settings but it opens the door to noisy pictures that may look grainy. Ideally you should keep the ISO set low or increase it very slightly to capture the low light photos.
Do not allow your camera batteries to run low because you never know when a photo opportunity will occur. Because digital cameras drain their batteries pretty fast, it’s important that you start the day with a full charge. Since you’ll be taking a lot of pictures, you should probably bring a back-up set of batteries, too.
Detail some notes on your camera settings when you are taking photos. Just looking at all those pictures you took could be hard to recall your feelings about them or where they were even taken. Carry a notepad with you and take notes about the location and how you felt about it.
When photographing young children, time and patience is your best friend. Children are taught to “say cheese” whenever a camera is focused on them, inevitably creating artificial, fake smiles – or worse. Ideally, a child will become comfortable being photographed when the pressure to “perform” is removed. Simply encourage them to go about their normal activities and then follow them around with your camera, clicking when they naturally smile or are obviously enjoying their surroundings.
Remember that photography is a good activity to practice alone. Your friends might get impatient and rush you while you are composing your pictures. If you have friends who enjoy taking pictures, do not let their vision influence your own compositions. The social aspect of photography comes later when you can look at your pictures with your friends.
Now that you have a handful of new ideas to help improve your photography style, have fun and try to see how many of them work for you. You may find that all of them improve your pictures, or you may find that some just don’t add what you’re looking for to the style they already have. Most importantly, just have fun!