If you are like me, you often wish you were able to take better photographs:
I have always loved taking pictures and now living in New Hampshire has given me an even more of a passion to take beautiful photos and share:
I also have always wanted to learn how to take great interior photos also:
Such talent! I do not have a fancy camera, it is a step between point and shoot and a DSRL camera. I just want to learn the basics so my photos will look better now and then consider moving up in cameras. I have tried to learn through books and online but it seems to get so complicated quickly when talking about f stops and exposure compensation! So I took an introduction to photography four week course and I thought I would share a few basic but great tips I learned:
Tip # 1:
Find your camera’s manual and read through it. I had lost mine, but was able to order a manual online. By reading through the book and playing with my camera, I found so many features that I never even knew about. Such as settings for taking pictures of fireworks, close-ups, sports, etc.
This basic step is very important if you want to learn what your camera can actually do!
Tip # 2
Lighting is very important in taking photos which we all know. But did you know where the lighting is coming from is equally as important? For example, when you are taking a picture with the light in front of the subject, it can be rather boring. But if you have the light coming in from the side or even the back of the subject, it will be a much more interesting and dramatic photograph with the shadows and moodiness.
Tip # 3
A simple tip is to plan your shot before you take it. Is there something interesting in your view that you can include in your shot to make the picture more interesting? Something that helps tell the story of the picture?
That planning of the shot is called composition.
Tip # 4
When you are taking a picture of a landscape, you should focus your shot 1/3 of the way in.
I am not sure why that works but I am giving it a try!
Tip # 5
A great website to check out the best camera reviews and allows you to compare different types of cameras is dpreview.com. I used to wonder where to check out honest consumer reviews. Another great site to look at if you are having a hard time with Photoshop because it is so technical, is Light Room. It is a fast and easy program that allows you to fix your pictures, period.
I know this basic, but that was the idea for this post as the title stated. I hope you have learned at least one tip that might help you take better pictures. As I continue to learn more, I will share it with you also. Good luck!
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