Although taking photographs is always getting more popular, many people still wonder whether they should, or even could, learn advanced photographic skills. Fortunately, photography is one of those forgiving subjects about which you can learn as much or as little as you like. The following tips will help you build your knowledge base about this popular hobby.
Play around with shutter speeds to determine which work best during what situations. You can get some awesome photos at the drop of a hat and this will allow you to blur some time periods together. Set the speed of your shutter to a fast one in order to still motion, or a slow one to portray the best features of landscapes.
When shooting pictures on an overcast day, avoid capturing the sky in the image. Having too much gray sky can make your shots appear washed-out and muted. Black and white photography may work better if you must shoot into an overcast sky. If it is a nice day outside, put as much of the blue sky in your pictures as you would like, but be careful with the lighting.
Try things that you think would be interesting and new; don’t be afraid to explore. Good pictures show personal expression and convey a message. Avoid classic pictures that you have seen a thousand times. Look for different angles to emphasize different aspects of your subject.
Keep the arms close to the body and the hands around the bottom and along the sides of your camera when you hold it. This will help create clear shots with less shaking. Supporting the camera from underneath, as opposed to holding the top, will also make it much harder for you to drop your camera.
Pack all of your equipment with care when you are getting ready for a trip. Also important is to remember to bring all the extra items that you might need including lenses, batteries and cleaning supplies. Only take as much as you think you will need, and carefully consider the convenience level to transport these things for your trip.
When traveling, photograph your souvenirs as you purchase them. You might take a shot of the store, or photograph the item in its original setting. You can tell the story about your souvenirs from the pictures and enjoy the memories once again from home.
Take down notes when you’re shooting pictures. Sifting through hundreds of photographs, you may have a difficult time remembering the emotions and thoughts that you were experiencing when you snapped each picture. Record the photograph’s number and the details of the shot in a permanent log.
If you are attracted to the old-fashioned feel and look of the photos taken by film-based cameras, you can buy a film-camera at a discount price through a second-hand store and give it a try. To get an especially nostalgic look, try black and white film. A good choice is film with a 200 ISO rating. Use different types of paper when you develop your prints, for example a fiber-based paper.
Now that you’re more knowledgeable about photography, take what you’ve learned and apply it to your shoots. You’ll only get better if you try out new tools and tips, so practice often.