Well done! First, you must begin with research. Do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed by the vast amounts of information you may find. Visit JFANPHOTO.com or read on for some simple tips for a beginner that will let you see a dramatic improvement in your pictures.
Before going on a trip, make sure you carefully pack the equipment. Bring as many lenses you think you’ll need and never forget to have spare batteries and maintenance accessories. Don’t take 50 lenses when five will do, as this could bog you down when trying to carry your camera equipment from place to place.
Consider taking photographs of the souvenirs bought on your trip. Photograph the souvenir on the shelf in the store, or get a shot of it with the sales clerk. This creative project helps to create a more memorable connection with the objects and sights from your travels.
Find the right subject that will create an interesting photograph. A good subject is needed no matter the level of your equipment or your skills at picture composition. Look for inspiration in objects, or choose a model that is comfortable with you.
Regardless of whether you are pursuing photography as a hobby or career, good composition is the key to taking high quality photos. Like some other artistic ventures, if you do not have good composition, it is not good! Take the time to learn and implement different types of composition to improve the overall quality of your photographs.
Take candid shots at a wedding to help warm yourself up while the guests prepare. You might get some great photos when you are doing this.
When you are to shoot photos of couples, families or groups, think of suggesting to them in advance about what to wear. It’s not necessary for them to wear colors that match exactly, but it will look much better in the final picture if they are wearing complementary hues. If you are photographing outside, then recommend neutral colors that will complement the natural backdrop. If the subjects will be wearing bright colors, offsetting them with black clothing pieces helps avoid a group of clashing colors in the picture.
Try putting a frame around your each of your shots. Framing a shot does not refer to a physical frame, but a way of setting up your pictures. If you are attentive, you can find “frames” within the environment that make your subject stand out. This is a wonderful way to practice composing photographs.
When working with a digital camera, it is often tempting to switch to the lowest setting, so you can get additional pictures in memory before you download them; just make sure you know the print quality will suffer when doing this. The only time to use lower settings is when you know the images will only be displayed on your computer screen.
When you take your pictures, use the white balance settings on your camera. Doing so will alter the way the picture “feels” and also puts control into your hands. It will take some time to learn how to adjust the white balance for the proper look; however, in the end, it will allow you to add a little creative flair to your pictures.
If you do not use the ISO in your camera correctly, it will work against you. The more the ISO is the higher you can view, that means all aspects of the photo. Unless your goal is to achieve a grainy look, this effect can be disastrous.
You should now have a clue as to what you need to do to improve your photography skills. Return to this advice if you ever feel you need a refresher course. If you stay dedicated, you photos will become art.