The best photos are those that evoke a response from the viewer. Whether it be an emotional response or a physical one, you want to inspire your audience and create something worth looking at. In order for this to happen, there are some things you should know before taking a photo. This list will give you some tips on taking better pictures so your work is not only well-received but also appreciated by all of those who see it. Read on to find out more.
1: The Rule of Thirds
The “rule of thirds” is one of the most important things you should know about taking pictures. Basically, if you break your frame into nine equal parts using two vertical and two horizontal lines, try to place the focal point or subject at one of the four points where the lines meet. Doing so will create a more dynamic feel than if it were taking up the entire frame.
2: The Golden Hour
The “golden hour” is the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset. During this time, sunlight is much softer and warmer which gives you beautiful lighting that cannot be beaten! Find somewhere with beautiful scenery and you will have a great shot.
3: Keep the Camera Steady
Keeping your camera steady is another thing to know about taking a photo. Whenever taking a photo, be sure that you are holding it down with two hands and keep your arms close to your sides for stability. If taking a long exposure photo, try using a tripod to keep your camera steady.
4: Get In Close!
When taking a photo, get in as close as you can! This will provide the viewer with a much more detailed and intimate image. Not only that but it allows you to make up for any mistakes or lack of detail through editing. You never know what could happen further down the road.
5: Composition Is Important!
Composition is another very important thing to keep in mind when taking a photo. Here we are talking about the visual arrangement of the elements within the picture – not to be confused with taking it! You don’t want the subject taking up the entire frame and you also want to avoid any dead space.
6: Take a Lot of Photos
The last tip we have for taking great photos is to take a lot of them! You should always take more than one photo for each shot you take to increase your odds and quality. Some images just come out poorly no matter what you do and you can’t always control it all. Sometimes, taking another photo is the only thing you can do. Just go for it!
We hope that this article has helped you learn some new things about taking great photos. As always, we want to remind everyone of the importance of taking care when taking pictures. Make sure to ask permission before taking any photos and make sure you are taking photos ethically.