Friday, November 14, 2008

My Tips On Taking Good Photos

I am a tad obsessed with taking photos. I want to take good photos and I am sure you do, too. I am an amateur, but with some trial and error, I have some tips of wisdom to share! They are basic, but essential.

1. Move in close. Get in close to the object and fill the picture with the object. This technique creates more dramatic photos. Use the camera’s macro or “flower” mode.

2. Lighting. Most people frown on using flash. For the most part, I agree. However, there are few exceptions. We all know flash is useful on cloudy days when it can to throw some light onto the subject. But did you know that direct sunlight can cause harsh shadows on the face and this causes unflattering photos? In such cases, use flash to even out the harsh light on the subject, which would also result in better clarity of the picture.

3. Composition. Try different angles. Your main subject doesn’t always have to be in the center. Bring your pictures to life by placing your subject off-center. This will provide the pictures with more perspective and depth.

4. Get down on their level. This is especially true when photographing pets or kids. Hold the camera at the subject’s eye level to create a personal and inviting feeling.

5. Design your photo and tell a story. Before you take the snap, try rearranging some objects, change the background, add props, or change the position to change the shadow and light. For example, instead of taking a picture your kid's new bike, take a picture of your kid riding the new bike!

I hope this post is helpful!

Do you have any tips? Lets share ‘em!

(Previously published on Dry As Toast)

2 comments:

  1. Absolutely loved the tips. Thanks so much for being a wonderful guest blogger!

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  2. Might wanna throw in some super glue to actually hold little critters (like Pargo) down long enough to snap a picture of them. But yup, great tips oh!

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