You have a camera and an ambition to use it. Great! But how can you get better at this new hobby and really start to develop your creative photography skills?
Here are our Top 5 Tips to Taking Better Photographs to consider for the next time you pick up your camera.
1) Viewpoint and perspective. Approach your photography with different view points in mind. If you are stuck on what to photograph, why don’t you follow this rule of thumb:
- Wide view
- Zoom right in
- Holding the camera landscape – left to right
- Holding the camera portrait – up and down
- Try different perspectives, get low down, try and get up high from stair cases or use some sort of viewing platform.
2) Composition. Consider the Photography Composition Rules:
- Natural Framing
- Leading Lines
- Rule of Thirds
- Interest in Foreground, Mid-ground and Background
The first image shows natural framing, second image shows leading lines and rule of thirds in the last image. First image shows symmetry and the last two images show interest in the foreground, mid and backgrounds.
3) Lighting. Start looking for interesting light. Once you have a basic understanding of exposure – ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture relationship, start to look for patterns of light and how it falls on your subject. The photographers favourite time to photographs is “Golden hour” – it is the hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset. This really is a magical time during the day – subject to cloud coverage! – as the light becomes different warm coloured shades and changes so quickly. It is a great time to photograph portraits as it is a lot softer on skin tones then harsh lunchtime light. Try your hand at night photography too – firework season is a great time to practice, but you can also test out your settings with traffic trails and painting with light.
4) Your camera is an extension. Always have your camera with you. Photograph interesting lighting when shopping, see a sunrise on the dog walk, dew drops on leaves, interesting art work; there are so many possibilities! This will train your eye to look for photographs in moments and will really develop your photographic skills.
5) Practice, practice, practice. This is probably the most important element of any hobby – especially photography! Develop your eye, start to see what your style is and soon enough you will be creating images that you will be proud enough to hang on your wall!