March 14, 2016
Whether you are new to photography…just bought a new camera…or just need a change, here’s four quick tips to help you improve your photos…
Tip #1 – Don’t be boring! Try out different camera exposure settings!
Exploring the exposure settings on your camera will allow you to create images that look more brilliant with 0.5 to 2 stops underexposed in bright surroundings, and scenes appearing more clear with some overexposure. With a quick change in the exposure level, you can take shots that will bring out different moods from people viewing them. That’s what makes the quote “A picture is worth a thousand words” is so very true! Give bracketing a try ! What do I mean? Take the same photos with different exposure levels and then pick your favorite from them.
Tip #2 – Get fuzzy! Bring out some creative blur in your photos!
Introducing some well-planned blur in photos is not a bad thing! You can bring across certain important features, while using the rest as complimentary, providing an overall nice finishing touch to the image. There are two very easy ways to accomplish this.
The first way is with depth-of-field blur. Varying the lens aperture between 0.4 to 1.4 can create a lovely, soft background blur, which brings sharp focus to the subject in the foreground.
The second is movement blur. This is accomplished by setting the camera exposure on shutter priority. Remember to keep it slow so as to capture interesting streaks as the subject moves in front of the camera.
Tip #3 – Build your own photo! Create something out of nothing!
What could this possibly mean? This exercise encourages you to take a step back and rethink how you can capture great images with things you already encounter on a daily basis.
One approach is to create your shot using the common elements around you, like lines, space and patterns. This can mean anything from the roads, to the bridges, the trees, the railings, etc.. The more you look at your surroundings, the more you will start to see the possibilities and room for creativity.
Tip #4 – Don’t bore us with the usual! Take unique photos!
Try to avoid taking “postcard” photos from popular locations where everyone else has taken the same shot previously! It simply won’t be fresh, and the excitement will be dramatically diminished. Try out new perspectives and angles in your photography. Or, it could be as easy as shooting through thick glasses for that extra 3D feel, or shooting reflections of objects in water or other reflective objects.
Make your photography fun!