Taking great photographs often depends on practice and experimentation. If you are not satisfied with the results of your recent photographs there are some beginning photography tips that can you can use to quickly improve your photographs.
Beginning Photography Tips #1 – Fill the frame
One of the reasons that many people are not satisfied with their pictures is the fact that the subject is so distant within the frame of the photograph that is difficult to see them. In such cases, the subject is typically lost within the scene.
The following beginning photography tips will help you to fill the frame with your subject and create far more interest:
- Use your optical zoom lens. This is a great way to achieve close-up shots.
- Move closely in order to make sure you are positioned as effectively as possible to achieve a close-up shot.
Beginning Photography Tips #2 – The rule of thirds
The rule of thirds is one of the most important beginning photography tips you should be aware of in order to achieve good results. Some digital cameras today have the ability to place a 3×3 grid over the scene which can help this process. Even if your camera does not have the ability; however, you can image the grid, divided by width and length.
Your subject should ideally be placed on the intersection of two lines but this is in no way mandatory. There is nothing magic with the intersections and the most important thing with the rule of thirds is that it helps you avoid centering the subject in all your photographs. If you place the subject out of the center of the photograph, you will find that you can achieve more visual interest in your photographs.
Beginning Photography Tips #3 – Unclutter the scene
Another reason why some photographs do not tend to turn out well is that they are too cluttered. It can be difficult for the main subject to stand out in the photograph is the background and surroundings are too cluttered.
Try to choose settings where the background is simple and uncluttered. This will help your subject to stand out and prevent it from blending in with everything else in the background.
Beginning Photography Tips #4 – Fill flash
In some cases you may notice that there simply is not enough light from the existing light source. In this case you may need to supplement the light source. A solution to this problem is the fill flash. This is not a true flash as a flash would generally be used at night.
A fill flash works to provide supplementing lighting, or to fill in light in the part of the photograph where the shadows are too strong. This can make a dramatic and immediate difference in your photos.
A typical example is if you take a close-up photograph of a flower in very strong daylight and contrast. In this case you are likely to get fairly strong shadows in some parts of the flower. A fill flash can give these shadows a “kiss” of light to brighten them slightly.
Most cameras on the market today have a fill flash feature. You do not even need to use full manual mode in order to take advantage of the fill flash feature. The exact way in which you use the fill flash feature will depend on your camera model, so you should check your owner’s manual.
Many cameras have a lightening bolt near the main button. By pressing this button you should be able to go through the different flash options.
Beginning Photography Tips #5 – Practice
Many people make the assumption that buying a lot of expensive equipment right away will automatically produce great photographs. While more advanced equipment can provide you with more options, it cannot take the place of practice and experience.
Even a point and shoot camera can be used to take great photos when you spend some time experimenting and practicing. The more time you spend taking pictures the more you will learn and the better photos you will be able to produce.