7 Tips & Techniques for Better Photography

Do you notice a distinct difference between the photographs you imagine and those you take?

If you do, you can be sure that it’s something that many photographers understand. But if you are looking to bring what you see in the camera’s lens and what you see in the final shot closer together, you will want to pay heed to these tips and techniques for better photography.

1. Decide on your subject. What is the primary subject of the photograph that you are trying to take? From the looks of many pictures, it’s hard to tell. Before you snap your picture, determine what it is that you are trying to show then, and only then, should you snap the shutter. You will be better, and your pictures will convey the messages that you want as well.

2. Remember the difference between your eye and the camera’s eye. Did you ever notice that the picture you took simply didn’t have the details included that you saw with your eye?
There’s an excellent reason for that. It’s called dynamic range, and your eyes have a higher dynamic range that your camera does. This accounts for the detail that your eyes capture, but your camera does not. it’s for this reason that you need to know how your camera works and how you can compensate for the lost detail. You can do this by opening your camera’s aperture, adding fill light, or making other adjustments that you always have at your command, but you have to know how to use them to their greatest advantage.

3. Figure in the aperture. There are several controls that most photographers know about. These include, most often, the shutter speed and the ISO. Unfortunately, one control that most photographers don’t think of is the aperture, which you can use to great advantage when you understand what it can do for you. A small f-number, or a wide aperture, will give you a very narrow depth of field. On the other hand, setting your f-number higher, resulting in a narrow aperture, will give you a very deep depth of field.

4. Watch your composition. It’s so simple, but it’s also often forgotten that the easiest way to control your final picture is at the composition stage. Don’t wait to do what you can when you process your pictures when you take a picture.

5. Be ready. Have you ever had something happen that you wanted a picture of, but quickly figured out that your camera wasn’t ready? That’s a big and very common mistake. There are a lot of factors that influence your ability to take a good picture on short notice, some are unavoidable, but things like always making sure that your camera has fresh batteries, and plenty extra, is not.

6. Watch your lighting. Lighting is another of those factors that you should always take into consideration when you set up your shots. It’s fine that you know where your subject is, but where, for example, is the light coming from? Little things like this can dramatically affect the outcome of your pictures, and it’s so easy to take into consideration when you shoot your pictures.

7. Be sure of your camera’s settings. When was the last time that you went to take a picture and your camera was set up for the last time you used it. It’s a common saying that left over settings produce left over pictures, and it’s true. Make sure that checking your camera’s setting is on the list of things you do before you take a picture, and it will probably be much better than if you hadn’t.

Photography. It’s a wonderful thing to keep memories alive and to create them in the future. Fortunately, with a little knowledge and experience, you can make sure that the pictures you take will always be better than those you take without that background in mind.