Many of us love to take pictures. We might do it for professional purposes as part of our jobs, or it might simply be to capture the memories. This is why a lot of people are always on the hunt for ways they can improve their photography skills. Summer is an ideal time to pull out the camera and start snapping away. It might be on holiday, it might be just to capture a fun day out. Which is why I thought now would be an excellent time to share with you some of the tips and tricks I have picked up myself. I hope they inspire you and help improve your photography skills.
Use online blogs and websites for inspiration and advice. It’s important to look for guidance and inspiration in any form, and there is no better way than checking out photography blogs and websites. Online spaces like FujiUser.com or similar can offer a lot of advice, as well as an example of work and pictures taken. You could also look at other online websites like YouTube for video advice and even Pinterest.com for more visual inspiration.
Get up close. It doesn’t necessarily mean up close and personal otherwise all of your shots would be zoomed in, but getting up close means more to do with being involved in the action. Photographing a busy street? Get among the crowd. Capturing a busy family event or birthday party, get in on the party and capture the fun. Getting up close will help you to take pictures that are both energetic and full of life, but you may also see some of the hidden beauty among the hustle and bustle, as well as in the stills you take.
Think about the lighting. Before clicking the button on your camera, take a moment to observe where the light is coming from. Where and how you take your photograph is dominated by light, and you may miss an opportunity to capture someone or something in a better way by changing the direction in which you point and shoot.
Read your camera manual. Many people invest in flashy cameras and then always leave it in automatic mode. Now is the time to dig out the manual and read it thoroughly. Know the equipment you have in order to take better pictures.
Don’t rush when taking pictures. We can all be guilty of snapping away too hastily, but try and slow down and take the time to really think about the picture you are taking. You need to consider the lighting the angle, and even change the settings on your camera if needs be. Most importantly try and visualize the moment in your mind before finally taking that snap.
Keep your camera with you all of the time. Finally, always have your camera with you. You will never know when the opportunity strikes to capture the perfect shot. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you will always feel inspired to take pictures and capture the memories.
Photo by Jordan Bauer
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