How To Make Beautiful And Creative Photos? 10 Photography Tips From A Pro
Fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur photographer? Want your Instagram and Facebook uploads to look a lot better? We’ve been speaking to a pro photographer for tips and tricks on how to improve your photos.
Good photos tell stories. Bad photos just make us look away. Anybody can take a photograph. All you need is a Smartphone. But in a world of frankly millions of pictures, how many can you actually remember? How many stand out? Very few.
Photographs are by and large meant to be an aesthetic, visual pleasure that capture a moment and preserve memories. So that yours are as beautiful as possible, it’s well worth knowing the secrets behind what makes a good photograph. So let’s take a look at 10 ways to craft better, more creative photos.
Invest In A Good Camera
Sure, Smartphones come with VERY good cameras these days. But if you want to take better photos, it’s a good idea to work out which camera would be better suited to your needs.
As good as the cameras on smartphones are these days, there are still things they can’t do. For example, a lot of top class cameras (such as the ones made by Canon) now let you take a few photos per second. What this means is that when you take a picture of, say, a sports car in motion, you can take several photos with just one click. This improves the likelihood of you catching the moment you wanted.
Work With Manual Settings
If you do decide to invest in a proper camera, as opposed to just using the one that came with your smartphone, you will then be faced with three choices: You can either stick to the automatic settings, apply semi-automatic settings, or go fully manual.
Sticking to the automatic settings tends to be what a lot of new photographers who are a bit unsure of themselves go with. But it’s worth remembering that an ace camera doesn’t automatically make you an ace photographer. The tool is really only as good as you are.
It’s a good idea to get acquainted with the semi-automatic settings for a while, before moving onto working fully manual. At this point, you will be in full control of what you capture.
Employ The Rule Of Thirds
The rule of thirds is the most basic rule of composition that all photographers learn when they first start to get serious about photography. It’s used in art and movies, too.
Essentially, when you frame your shots you should picture the image divided into three horizontal lines and three vertical lines (there should be a setting on any good camera that will show this for you). Altogether, you can see nine even squares that then let you create a much more composed, easy-on-the-eye composition that looks balanced.
Decide What It Is That Will Be The Centre Of Attention
Ever taken a photo of something only to then look at the photo and realise that you didn’t actually make it clear what you wanted peoples’ eyes to be drawn to? It happens. Unless you decide on a clear centre of attention, you will struggle to focus on one.
Decide what it is you want to be the centre of attention in your shot, and then work out how best to frame it so that our eyes are directed towards it.
For example, if you’re taking a photo of your son playing soccer for his team, you could bring him into sharp focus, while putting the other boys into soft focus.
Otherwise, it may just look like a group of boys running around the field together.
Take Your Time
Some people are naturally gifted at taking pictures. They know what works and what doesn’t, and they can frame a shot in seconds. If you don’t have a natural feel for taking great photographs, it’s time to start taking some time over your shots.
Don’t rush a shot. Plan it, think about it. Deliberate. The results will be better.
It’s All In The Details
Let’s see that you’re shooting at a party. You might be inclined to take lots of photos of groups of friends enjoying themselves.
But it’s a great idea to find what’s really interesting about this party and focus on that.
It’s all in the details, whether it’s a girls’ funky nail paint or a cool poster on the wall.
Filters change the way your shot looks. If you can’t afford too many, the experts recommend that you at least invest in a polariser filter, as it will prevent reflections from ruining your images, while improving the colours and protecting your lens.
Always Be Ready
Especially if you’re traveling and planning on taking some photographs, you’ll always want to be ready to capture the moment. But sometimes moments come along unexpectedly. As such, you always need to be ready.
The last thing you want is to be present with a great photograph opportunity, only to miss it because your camera was in your bag.
Make sure that your camera is always in your hands, and set to the right settings.
Ever taken a picture of something from just one angle because you thought it was the best one (even though you hadn’t considered any other angles?).
To get a more creative shot, experiment with wandering around. Get down low and up high. Have a walk around your subject and see what positions most excite you.
Know Your Light Sources
Whenever you take any kind of picture, all you are really doing is capturing light. As such, you need to understand your light sources and where they are coming from.
The biggest mistake people make when it comes to failing to understand their light sources is when they shoot with the sun ahead of them but slightly to one side. They can’t see the sun in their viewfinder, but as they move around they find that the direct sunlight is striking the frontal element in their lens.
Light can affect your equipment and shots in many ways, so you always need to be conscious of your light source and the impacts they are having on your images. Work with light – don’t let light work against you.
How to make beautiful pictures? What are your best tips?