Behind The Lens: Photography Advice For Improving Your Shots

Taking pictures gets more popular all the time, because it can be both a casual hobby and a complex artistic endeavor. People who like photography often don’t pursue it as a hobby, because they think it requires a lot of knowledge to create good photos. If you need a starting point for developing your photography skills, keep reading!

Snap pictures with a sense of urgency. If you wait, the subject may move or something may move in to block your view. The faster you snap pictures, the better chance you have of getting a good one!

You should use digital techniques in order to shoot pictures that look like graphic pencil sketches, oil paintings, watercolors, and more. There is a variety of digital software available on the market, but the standard is considered to be Adobe Photoshop. It is easy to convert pictures to nice art pieces by choosing the “filter” button, picking your favorite medium, then clicking selection.

Play around with shutter speeds to find out what kind of effects you can achieve. A moment in time can be captured by a photograph, and then grouped with others to show an expansive time period. Set the speed of your shutter to a fast one in order to still motion, or a slow one to portray the best features of landscapes.

Many people think that sunny days are great for photos, when in fact, direct sunlight can ruin any photograph. Bright sunlight is harsh in photos, causing glare, squinting, poor shadows and overly washed-out light colors. The best possible times of day for taking photos are late evening and early morning.

Keep your arms close to you while holding the camera, and position your hands on each side and the bottom of the camera. Much clearer photos will result, as the hand shaking will be minimized. Placing your hands under your lens and camera will prevent your camera from being accidentally dropped.

Always choose your best photos to show. It is always beneficial to take multiple shots with various settings, but you do not have to show them all off, only the best ones should be shown. Don’t show too many photos and vary the subject matter. It can get very boring for others to see the same thing over and over again. Keep it fresh by showing different facets of your photography.

Take photographs of insignificant items while you are travelling to, and visiting, your destination. While the pictures might not seem particularly important to you at the time, they will stir up wonderful memories of your trip when you look through them later. Think about taking pictures of stores, coins, bus tickets or street signs for example.

Be sure to find a subject who is interesting and compelling. Even the best equipment won’t produce an amazing picture if the subject is difficult to work with. Find a subject that brings you inspiration, whether it be a model or an object.

To reiterate, photography appeals to a lot of people as a casual pursuit. Sadly, a lot of people don’t pursue it because they are fearful of the complexity and overload of technical information.