Many people take pictures. However, most do not know the proper techniques needed to go from just taking pictures to making stunning photographs. You need to learn many skills in order to take your photography from ordinary to extraordinary. These tips can help you gain the knowledge you need.
A dSLR is a necessity if you’re aiming to be serious about your photography. These single-lens reflex cameras allow you to see your subject in real time as you take the picture. It’s best to have a full-frame digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera because these have the largest image sensor, and deliver photos with the greatest amount of detail.
Try to enhance the sense of depth in your landscape photos. Have a person or other object put into the foreground in order to gauge the overall scale of the image. A small aperture–no more than f/8 on a digital camera and no more than f/16 on a SLR–can show sharpness in both the background and foreground.
Take down notes whenever you are taking pictures. When you look at your hundreds of shot, it could be difficult to remember where they were taken or your feelings at that time. Use a small notepad to write numbers next to the pictures’ descriptions.
A lot of cameras that are digital contain built in flashes that automatically turn on when the lighting is dim. These are great for a quick snapshot, but if you want to take your photos to the next level, consider a professional external flash unit to provide a better range of lighting options. Be sure that your camera can take an external flash component and get one that fits it from a camera store.
If you are intrigued by the nostalgic quality of photography captured by traditional film, consider picking up a manual camera from your local thrift shop. To get an especially nostalgic look, try black and white film. A good choice is film with a 200 ISO rating. Try having prints made on different papers, like fiber-based papers.
Experiment with different perspectives and scales in your images. An otherwise ordinary subject can appear quite artful if placed in an environment where it appears drastically disproportionate in size or humorously out of place. Work on each of your shots to get a fresh take on something familiar.
One way to exercise your creative muscles is to put limits on how you take pictures. You could, for instance, shoot only pictures that involve your pet. You could shoot only pictures with water in them. Try to take at least 100 different pictures from the same vantage point or in the same room. Having these limitations in place can make you be more creative and think outside of the box.
Having the knowledge is just the first step. Now you can apply what you have learned and produce amazing pictures. This article can help only if you apply what you have learned to your photography sessions.