Photography is so much more than simply attempting to take clear shots of a subject in good lighting. Think of photography as an art. As an art, there are many different techniques that you can learn to improve your photography. Being a successful photographer requires the ability to see what is interesting and beautiful in the world, and have a the ability to pay attention to details. Here are some suggestions that can help you out.
Throughout life, it has been ingrained in our minds to have things symmetrical. While symmetry and perfection are things people look for, try and take pictures of your subject off center. Be aware of the auto-focus feature, which can lock the view to the middle of the lens. Use manual focus and then lock prior to clicking your photo.
It is a good idea to give your subjects some advice about what to wear before they arrive on location, so that you can take the best photograph possible. They do not have to match, but the photos will look better if the colors that are worn complement each other. Suggesting warm colors or neutral shades will almost always work and will be especially effective with a natural background. If they prefer bolder shades of color, then recommend adding black to the mix in order to blend multiple hues.
Be on the lookout for patterns whenever you are shooting any subject. Repeating patterns in a photo’s background attract the viewer’s eye and draw his attention to your photograph. Notice repeating patterns in the background of your photo and emphasize them to add artistic interest.
You may be tempted to shoot low-quality images so you can store more on your camera card. However, you may be sacrificing the print quality. Lower resolution settings should only be used sparingly. When your photography will only be viewed via a monitor, this option may be sufficient.
When you want to try something a little different for a photograph, adjust the focus of your camera to varying degrees. You can focus on your subject more by using a smaller depth-of-field to blur the background. This is a good technique to use when the subject is up close, such as in portraits. On the other hand, a higher f-stop number creates more depth; everything within the frame will appear in focus. You want to do this when taking landscape photos.
As you have read, getting the perfect shot requires a number of different elements and conditions. If you do, you will notice your photos improve rather quickly.