Photography as an art has never been more exciting or enjoyable. Today’s photography enthusiast has many styles, topics, and tools open to them. Plus, the blending of digital with print makes the craft of taking photos very versatile.
While it is true that taking photos is as simple as running out and grabbing a cheap five dollar camera, taking good photos has never been easy. So let’s explore some quick ideas that can help you take photos that you will be happy to send home.
Here are five tips to help.
1. Get a little closer, don't be shy. One of the biggest mistakes most beginning photographers make is shooting from so far away. They leave too much distance between themselves and their subjects. Instead, get up close and personal. Fill up as much of the camera frame, with your subject, as you can. You can always reshape, trim, and resize a good quality shot using Adobe Photoshop. But you can't continue to blow up a distant subject and hope that it will come into focus. It just won't happen.
2. This tip springs directly from #1(above)... focus your shot on only one subject. Determine what the main subject of the photo will be, and catch that image. Try and find the one key subject, person, or event that accurately portrays the feeling you are trying to capture.
3. In addition to getting one subject, in your photos, you will want to make the background of the photo as simple as possible. Busy, distracting backgrounds pull the attention away from the central theme of your photo. The subject of your photo is absolutely the most important element, and anything that detracts from the subject can ruin your shot.
4. Finally, you want to take your subject out of the exact center of the frame. You do this by using the rule of thirds. Imagine having a camera lens split into 9 equal sized boxes, 3 across and 3 down (like having a tic-tac-toe game printed right on your camera lens). Where those "tic-tac-toe" lines cross, should become the focusing point of your subject, when you are arranging to take your photo.
5. For some reason if tips #1 – 5 fails, then it’s time to load up Photo shop to help with retouching your photos. Photoshop gives you the ability to remove red eyes, adjust coloring or improve the photos effects, and cropping or resizing, Photo shop also give you the ability to fix any under exposed or over exposed photos. So, if all else fails use Photo shop to save the day! You will be thrilled. So will your family.
Based on this tip, every time you compose a shot, the main subject of your photo should be located primarily on one of these "third" lines.
These are just five very basic tips and strategies to help improve your photos. As you know, photography skills can always be improved. In fact, most professional photographers exhibit a life long passion for learning new techniques, photography angles, and photo inspirations. A great place to start learning how to create and build a great collection of photos visits our great selections of Photoshop Tutorials.
We have a huge selection of Free Photoshop Tutorials that gives step by step instructions for beginners (for those who want to capture those great summer vacation pictures) or for those experts’ photographers that are preparing for that wonderful Art exhibit. So let’s get started, there’s no time, like the present and its All Free! PS Workshop - Photoshop Tutorials