Top 5 Tips for Taking Better Photographs
Alright. So you want to take more interesting, more breathtaking and more memorable photographs.
Well this blog post is going to show you how.
I’m going to share with you my top five easy-peasey practical tips for improving your skills as an everyday photographer.
When I studied photography back in the early 2000’s, digital cameras were just taking hold and mobile phones were not so smart.
It’s clear that we live in a very different world now, and our relationship with images, how we take them and how we use them has evolved at super speed.
Fortunately the Top 5 Tips for Taking Better Photographs that I’m about to share with you is founded on some never die principles that will help you to eliminate the bad photographs and give you ideas for taking better ones.
So here we go.
My Top 5 Tips for Taking Better Photographs.
1. Remove The Rubbish
Remove The Rubbish – This one I love because it’s so easy and can make all the difference to your shot.
Just as you want to be aware of what you include in your frame, you want to pay extra special attention to what is in your frame that you don’t want. This tip is particularly great when taking nature shots.
So take out those electricity poles, bits of cars and plastic bags by adjusting your position or angle to remove the rubbish in you picture.
2. Use The FLASH Outdoors
Use The FLASH Outdoors – Wow! You can really make a people picture stand out by using your flash outdoors. It’s a super simple trick and it’s one that so many everyday photographers are not really aware of.
You can even try having the sun behind you and take a ‘selfie’ with the flash to try this technique out.
Remember that your subject needs to be fairly close to the camera for the full stand out effect.
3. Remember The Sky
Remember The Sky – The sky is Big, the sky is Beautiful. It has amazing clouds and colors and it makes a perfect backdrop for incredible images.
Try getting down low and shooting up high. If you try out this technique with the flash as well, you’re going to achieve some really great shots.
4. Experimental Micro to Macro
Experimental Micro to Macro – Many everyday photographers don’t get past the standard point at something close-ish and pull the trigger.
Experimenting with very close up shots as well as vast landscapes will open up your photo album to new dimensions of perspective which will ultimately make your photography more interesting and appealing.
Taking photographs is also about expanding your view of the world. So expand the way you take your pictures.
5. It’s All About The Light
It’s All About The Light – This last tip may seem obvious to some. But to describe it in this way: When we are taking photographs, we are essentially capturing light. Light is everything with photography and if you simply flick that switch of awareness that Light is the key, then your photographs are inevitably going to improve.
Light sets the mood. Light highlights the subject. Too little light will make you pictures fuzzy and the right light will make the difference between a good picture and a great one.
So there are my Top 5 Tips for Taking Better Photographs. I wish you a lot of fun trying them out and you will see how your photographs improve.
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To bring this blog post to a close, I’d like to recommend a few cameras for varying budgets that are awesome for some very good reasons.
AWESOME CAMERA FOR VIDEO BLOGGING, YOUTUBE/FACEBOOK VIDEOS + PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
CANON D700 / REBEL T5i
The Canon D700 / Rebel T5i is a fantastic camera for Vlogging and making video because of four very good reasons which make it stand out from the crowd for cameras in a similar price bracket.
- The video quality is awesome.
- You have an external mic port so that you can plug in a mic for great sound quality.
- The Canon D700 is equipped with a reversible touch screen so that you can see what’s going on in your frame.
- Your camera has a special ultra quiet lens continuous auto-focus which is great for recording your audio and staying in focus as you move around the field of vision.
It also comes at a very reasonable price for this type of camera, retaining a high specification HD Video recording and a massive 18MP sensor for professional quality photographs with all the advanced controls you would expects from a high end SLR Camera. Awesome Camera.
AWESOME CAMERA FOR HIGH QUALITY EVERYDAY FAMILY USE
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10EB-W
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10EB-W is a beautiful and high quality everyday family camera. The Lumix series has always risen above the competition for quality and ease of use.
The larger lenses than most compact camera which they incorporate into their design offer higher all-round image quality and add that to a 16MP sensor and a staggering x12 Optical Zoom, you have incredible quality in a simple to master in the pocket camera.
I chose this model of the Lumix series for its unique flip screen so that you can catch all the action, what ever you are capturing and with it’s HD Video, you can really create a family picture and video album you will love.
AWESOME CAMERA FOR KIDS
We have two of these cameras for our 6 year old twin daughters. They are fantastic for the girls because this special camera is immersible in water up to 3 metres. It is built for heavy drops and perfect for fumble hands and children.
It also has the lovely feature of having a second screen on the front of the camera, so your kids can start to practice speaking in front of the camera and gaining confidence. With a whopping 14Mp image quality and respectable video quality, this really is a superior and still affordable first kids camera.
Thanks for taking an interest in this blog post.
Enjoy taking your photographs and creating awesome memories for your life!
To your success and happiness.
Sebastian is a creative and innovative artist and designer and a new age entrepreneur of our exploding digital age. He is a caring father of his twin daughters Atiya and Caira and loving husband to Beata. He is adept in core digital skills, photography and digital creativity. He is a practitioner of daily Yoga, meditation and inner development and is passionate about learning diverse life skills and transformational personal improvement practices. He has spent many years developing a unique series of active sensory dynamic chairs to contribute to the evolution of the human sitting experience. He is passionate for nature, life and all that which inspires the human spirit to lift up to glorious heights and unite people in Our global enduring quest to sustain this beautiful world for us all to share.