Clicking great photos is not a rocket science. You can easily get good shots with your digital or mobile camera without much difficulty. We cannot expect to take professional level photographs with these low resolution devices. However the truth is, for a good photo more than a good camera you need a good eye. A good photographer can turn a normal day scene into a stunning visual representation.
However most of us are satisfied when we can get a few great photos when we go out on a holiday or and picnic or outing. Here are some simple tips to click those wonderful shots.
Explore your camera
First of all instead of simply clicking on in Auto mode, have a look at what your camera offers. Although Auto mode is safe to use most of time and it does get the good shots in a point and shoot.
Look at the settings. You do not have to understand everything. Try experimenting a little. Take the picture of a scene or object in different modes and see if you can spot any difference. The point is to know your camera and make your eye set to the visuals. For the beginners it would be helpful to know that a Macro will take the correct pictures of smaller objects than the Auto mode. For the more experienced, you should start to explore furthermore like ISO and shutter speed. Take photos for a try. You can always delete those later.
You will be more attuned to your camera. So when that right opportunity arrives, you would not be fumbling through too long to miss the shot. Another thing is, always set the camera to the highest resolution mode provided in the camera.
Law of one-thirds
The basic law of photography. Never place your subject in the centre. Follow the one-third rule. It should be slightly off towards the left or right although not religiously one third of the width. This stops pictures from being boring. When you keep a space that way, the eyes find the photograph more interesting.
Lighting can turn a simple click to a great click. The ideal time to take pictures outdoors is when the sun is rising or setting and the time around it. At this time the sunlight is soft, not full. Full sunlight can cause dark shadows and ‘burn’ your clicks. However, if the light is too less, you will also not get good pictures.
Also do not use the flash too close to people. It might make their look bland. If they are standing close to wall, it can cast shadows that would not look good.
Framing and composition is a big subject but for most of us, simple tips will do. If you are going for pictures of people, click in portrait and not landscape mode. (Portrait picture means it is longer than wider whereas landscape is more wide than long). While clicking portraits, try to make the person feel relaxed. Generally people stiffen up when we ask them to pose. Tell them to keep their hands and shoulders loose or tell them to rest their hands on something. If you are taking full pictures do not cut off at the sides.
Ask yourself if the picture background is too crowded to take the attention away from your subject. With time, you will start to see what looks good.
Get down on the ground and take that shot. Change your angle and see. Make it fun.
You can experiment with food, flowers and roadside or bazaar scenarios. You will surely come up with good shots. Better, you may also find which photo subject works best for you. Remember that when you click a photo, you capture a moment of life. With the use of right light, tone and colour, your simple point and shoot will become a great travel companion.
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