Want to Take Better Photos? Try These Tips

Anyone can point their cell phone at something and take a picture. And even though it’s easy for you to take a picture, it might not capture the moment like you wish it would. In fact, your photo-taking ability may not be where you would like it to be at all. Not to worry though, you can improve your photography. Here is what I would recommend: Obtain a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera Obtaining a DSLR is the first step any artist or hobbyist should follow if he really intends to improve his photography. Using the auto mode on the camera just doesn’t cut it. These types of cameras give any photographer more freedom than he could ask for. That’s because of the DSLR camera’s ability to control the lighting situation. Just real quickly: The photographer holding a DLSR camera will have the ability to control the three parts to the formula of an image: 1. Shutter speed, where you control the duration of how long you intend to let in light. 2. Aperture, where you control how large or small the lens opens and closes. The smaller the f-stop, the larger the opening and vice versa. The aperture also controls an image’s depth of field (the blurriness in the background). 3. Finally, ISO, which determines how sensitive the camera is to light. The larger the ISO, the more sensitive the camera is to light. Study photos in books and magazines Look at professional shots of nature, still lifes, people, and even architect, interior design, and off-beat works that you can find in books and magazines. What makes them appealing? Is it the colors, the depth of field, the framing, the placement of objects, or what? By noticing these things, you can learn and apply the lessons to your own photography. Practice adjusting the camera’s shutter speed and aperture. A DSLR, whether it be a Nikon, Canon or any other brand of camera, will have a shutter and aperture priority mode. These two modes will allow you to control either shutter speed or aperture and the camera will adjust the corresponding setting. Knowing what shutter speed or aperture to use for an opportunity will help in capturing an image like you intend to. Practice with different speeds and apertures and study the results. Yes, you could take a couple hundred pictures and a few are bound to be pretty decent, but shoot and pray is not the way to learn how to be a good photographer. Learn how to edit Photo-editing software on your computer is a must if you want to make the most of your photos. You can’t make crappy pictures look amazing, but you can make good photos even better. Lighting, cropping and color are always the easiest things to “fix”. Once you’ve become well-versed in controlling the settings of the camera, you’ve studied professional photos, and learned how to edit your photos, there’s no stopping you. No more so-so pictures from your cell phone.


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