There are many ways to improve your photography skills and techniques. Whether you’re an experienced photographer or just starting out, these five tips can drastically improve your photos.
#1 Practice, Practice, Practice!
I know, it almost sounds too good to be true … but to be honest, it really is true! No matter how long you have been into photography, it is one of of the most effective practices. You can never take too many photos, but there is always the possibility of never taking enough. Another benefit from this practice is that you are able to see your progress, what you like and dislike, and you continue to improve from there. An example almost everyone has seen effects from this practice would be selfies.
Go dig deep into your social media feed or camera role. You can see the improvements of then vs now (and this isn’t just because of puberty). You can notice how different angles and lighting work best for you.
#2 Get to their level.
A common mistake I often see photographer make, is not situating themselves to eye level of their subject. This mistake can often make the picture and/or subject look uncomfortable and awkward. Also, when a photographer takes a picture at the subject’s level, viewers’ eyes are more drawn to it; therefor, increasing the quality of the picture and making a a clearer statement with your picture’s purpose.
Exceptions where this rule would not apply may be such as, birds eye — an elevated view of an object from below — and worm’s eye — a view low or from the ground, making objects seem enlarged and given an unfamiliar perspective.
#3 Rule of Thirds.
Another practice I strongly stand by, is the Rule of Thirds. Some may think it looks like a tic-tac-toe board hovering over their screen, but in reality, it is meant to act as a guide when taking a photo.
You want the main focus of your subject to pair up with at least one of the four corners from the center rectangle. It is proven that our eyes are most drawn to those four area points when glancing at an image; not directly in the middle. This practice will help viewers be drawn to your subject, rather than becoming distracted from it.
#4 Get closer.
Just when you thought you couldn’t get any closer to your subject, you can! Yes, you can use a zoom lens as a shortcut, but physically move closer to your subject. For some, this may be a little out of your comfort zone, but moving closer to the subject will show much more detail and create a more unique photo and perspective.
#5 Use of correct White Balance.
Instead of spending the time to edit and correct the color temperature of your photos, you can correct it on your camera before even taking them! This is a very simple fix to make, but also a very easy step to forget when taking pictures.
You may recognize coming across a “WB” button on your camera before. (The placement of the “WB” button varies depending on your camera brand and model.) Auto WB (not recommended) — this is often the cause for incorrect temperature coloring —, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Incandescent, and Fluorescent are the most common presets found on cameras. There is also the option of creating a custom preset according to your color temperature (Kelvin). Using a correct white balance when taking pictures will also create a more natural feel.
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Now that you know these five easy tips, try to apply them to your daily routine. Whether it is with a camera or on your phone, I guarantee you will be pleased with the results!
Let me know what you think! I would love to hear feedback on how these five tips have helped you with your photography. Comment down below with any questions you may have. 🙂