Photography tips that will help you shoot like a pro
Are you equipped with the right skills needed to shoot great photos? If you’re a novice or somehow not sure of yourself, these photography tips can go a long way into helping you shoot great pictures. Until you can produce professional photos which are also worth selling to an agency, there is no need to feel contented with your current skills. So this is how to go about it.
Focus on the subject’s eye
The secret to shooting great photos is by focusing on your subject’s eye (if it’s a person). So when aiming at them, hold the camera at an eye level with the subject. This will unleash the true power of their magnetic gazes and exhilarating smiles. If the subject is a child, then it could mean stooping low enough to hold the camera at their level. Remember, the subject doesn’t always need to stare at the camera. The idea of holding the camera at the eye level is to create that personal and inviting experience which pulls you into the image.
A plain background is good
To highlight all parts of the subject which you are photographing, you need to use a plain background. It can be achieved by studying the viewfinder feature and looking into the surroundings of your subject as well. Ensure those other elements are not functioning in some parts of your subject. For instance, you should not take the shot if something which is not part of the project is dangling on their ear or protrude from their head.
You can use flash outdoors
The bright rays of the sun are known to create bad facial shadows. But the shadows can be eliminated by turning on the flash feature which will lighten the subject’s face. Take note that there are two options when it comes to using flash mode. These are fill-flash mode and full flash mode. If the subject is standing 5 feet away, you can use fill flash mode. But if they are standing a distance that is far away, you should engage the full power mode. Finally, if you’re doing this using a digital camera, you could review the results using the in-built display of the camera.
Step in closer to the subject
In photography, people learn how to aim at different subjects depending on their sizes. If you’re taking the photo of your car, for instance, you can be forgiven for standing beyond 5 feet away. But if you’re dealing with a person, then it’s always a good idea to step in closer and zoom in on them. When you’re up-close, you can be sure to reveal details like an arched eyebrow, a wrinkle, etc.
However, you should not get too close. Otherwise, your shot will be blurry. Keep in mind that most cameras will take good photos if you’re standing at least 3 feet away from the subject. That’s the average focusing distance you could ever stand as far as good photography is concerned.
These tips and tricks will work fine if you have a decent camera at your disposal. Remember that photography is a skill. But it’s a skill that can be acquired with practice and experience. You can do well in the long run.