Even for a photographer who wants to capture the special moments in their own lives, learning more about photography is important. There are many things to learn about this discipline if one wishes to avoid a lifetime of missed shots or poorly framed pictures.
Keep the arms close to the body and the hands around the bottom and along the sides of your camera when you hold it. This minimizes shaking, resulting on clearer pictures. Make sure that you’re gripping the camera from underneath. What this does is steadies the camera better and also works to prevent any accidental drop.
Start shooting pictures right away when you leave for your trip. While shooting on location will provide you with some great shots, you should also view as the entire trip as a means to capture some great pictures. Document your travel. For example, there are many interesting things about an airport that makes it perfect for picture taking.
Purchase a memory card large enough to store the many photographs you will take on your way to becoming a better photographer. You can use you memory card to store photographs that you have not had time to develop yet. A great part of larger memory space is that you can use the RAW format. This allows greater flexibility in editing.
As you take different pictures, accompany each with a brief, written note. When sorting through mass amounts of pictures, remembering the exact context or setting of each photograph can be difficult. Keep a notepad handy and write down which number your photo is and a description.
Composition is not about how many things you can cram into your pictures. You have to understand that empty space plays an important part. You can actually overshadow your intended subject when there is too much going on in the rest of the photograph. Keeping things simple in your photos is what catches your viewer’s attention, simplicity often creates a big punch!
Try to experiment with perspective, expression, and scale. Even an ordinary object can be transformed into a work of art if its setting makes it appear dramatically magnified or diminished in size or placed in a situation that is humorous or unique. Putting an object somewhere creative can help something familiar look very unique.
Ordinarily, the subject makes “eye contact” with the lens of the camera. Get your subject to look away from the camera for a more unique shot. Tell them to focus on something that the camera can’t see. You could also have them focus on an item that is within the frame of the picture.
As you have been made aware of now, increasing your ability to create spectacular images is much less difficult than you imagined. You just need to research, practice as often as possible, and you will improve your skills. The effort that you put forth will bring you rewards in the form of ever improving photographs in your growing portfolio.