Jun 01 2007

4 Simple Tips for Better Photos

Published by at 10:31 am under Better Photos

Photography as an art has never been more exciting or enjoyable.
Todays photography enthusiast has many styles, topics, and tools
open to them. Plus, the blending of digital with print makes the
craft of taking photos very versatile.

While it is true that taking photos is as simple as running out
and grabbing a cheap five dollar camera, taking GOOD photos has
never been easy. So lets explore some quick ideas that can help
you take photos that you will be happy to send home.

Here are four tips to help.

1. Get a little closer, don’t be shy. One of the biggest
mistakes most beginning photographers make is shooting from so
far away. They leave too much distance between themselves and
their subjects. Instead, get up close and personal. Fill up as
much of the camera frame, with your subject, as you can. You can
always reshape, trim, and resize a good quality shot. But you
can’t continue to blow up a distant subject and hope that it will
come into focus. It just won’t happen.

2. This tip springs directly from #1(above)… focus your shot on
only one subject. Determine what the main subject of the photo
will be, and catch that image. Try and find the one key subject,
person, or event that accurately portrays the feeling you are
trying to capture.

3. In addition to getting one subject, in your photos, you will
want to make the background of the photo as simple as possible.
Busy, distracting backgrounds pull the attention away from the
central theme of your photo. The subject of your photo is
absolutely the most important element, and anything that detracts
from the subject can ruin your shot.

4. Finally, you want to take your subject out of the exact center
of the frame. You do this by using the rule of thirds. Imagine
having a camera lens split into 9 equal sized boxes, 3 across and
3 down (like having a tic-tac-toe game printed right on your
camera lens). Where those “tic-tac-toe” lines cross, should
become the focusing point of your subject, when you are arranging
to take your photo.

Based on this tip, every time you compose a shot, the main
subject of your photo should be located primarily on one of these
“third” lines.

These are just four very basic tips and strategies to help
improve your photos. As you know, photography skills can always
be improved. In fact, most professional photographers exhibit a
life long passion for learning new techniques, photography
angles, and photo inspirations.

(article based on information supplied
by InfoGoRound)

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