Photography is the most effective way to entertain and reflect on life. One single press of the shutter can capture your fleeting moment. Of course, pointing a camera or pressing a button is not difficult. The difficult part is getting a shot that matches your vision.
Do you want to kick your photography skills? Whether you are an aspiring photojournalist looking for a career behind the lens or just want to get some better shots in your next trip, we have all the useful lessons.
1. Composition is the Soul
Isn’t it easy to figure out whether a given photo is clicked by an amateur or with lot of photographic experience? Certainly yes! This is due to lack of good composition.
What does composition means in photography? Well, it is the placement of different element in single picture. Someone who clicks without composition can click good picture by coincidence only.
One of the most effective and easiest way is the “Rule of Thirds”. Here you have to divide the image mentally into two horizontal and vertical lines. Further place the high visual elements at any four intersection. Nearly every successful photographer inculcates “rule of third” in their arsenal.
2. Keep “The Exposure Triangle” in Mind
Well, most of the beginners think that the magic of photography lies in the camera body. But unfortunately this is not the case, the true source is manipulating and capturing light. More importantly, you must know the “exposure triangle” for a good shot.
Let’s discuss this in depth. While taking a snap, the shutters of the camera opens up and light enters via lens. This light reaches the camera sensor that is further processed as a picture.
Here Three factors play crucial role:
- Aperture – This is the size of lens opening, usually stated as f/2, f/11 and the list goes on. The smaller number has the wider aperture opening. Wider aperture means more light getting in.
- Shutter Speed- The Shutter speed means how longer the shutter is left open and stated in the form 1/60, 5 sec, etc.
- ISO- This shows the sensitivity of sensor to light, commonly stated as 100 ISO, 6400 ISO etc. With higher ISOs, you can click pictures in darker conditions.
The takeaway? Well, you must master these three factors to capture pictures that come closer to your vision.
3. Don’t Just Imitate any Photographic Style
Many aspiring photographers think it’s necessary to train themselves to copy any demanded photographic style to plug that hole. In reality, you should neither imitate any style nor your idol. The client hires you because of the way you shoot. For instance, if a clients want a certain type of images that “Photographer X” clicks, they will go and hire them. So, while keeping the technique in mind is crucial, imitating others work should never be the goal.
4. Change your Perspective
Here is the quick tip! never snap a subject straight from your eye level. People interact with the world from the viewpoint only. Hold you camera and change your elevation to shoot from different vantage. You can also change your angle, distance or combine all the three to take different shots.
Aspiring photographers need to know that upgrading their camera will not upgrade their photography skills. A skilled photographer can click great photos even with a crappy camera while a budding photographer won’t reap much benefits out of professional equipment. Follow the above discussed tips to create great shot. Happy Clicking!