Whether you just enjoy taking pictures or you’re an amateur photographer, there are always new ways to take better photographs. You don’t have to purchase a new, expensive camera to get those wonderful shots. In fact, anyone can get great results with any camera, with practice and by avoiding some common mistakes. Here is a list of things you can do to take better pictures.
Carefully Follow Instructions
The very first thing you should do is read the camera’s manual. Who takes the time to read those things anyway? Except in this case, it’s important if you want to get the most from your equipment. Learn what each button, switch, control and menu item does to get a good idea of the basic functions, such as flash, shutter and zoom. Next, set the camera’s resolution to the highest resolution possible. Doing this makes it easier to alter and fix later as well as cropping. Taking photos at low-res makes it much more difficult to fix, if needed, and the quality is worse if you intend on printing copies of your work. You will also need to purchase a larger memory card to hold the higher-resolution photos.
There’s a lot of contemporary advice that says you should operate your camera in manual mode, but there have been a ton of technological advances in automatic focusing and metering. So it’s probably best to set your focus to automatic and the camera will adjust accordingly. If the function doesn’t work so well and your photos come out poorly focused, then you know this particular camera will function better switched to manual.
One big step for taking better photographs is increasing your chance of finding something worth taking a picture of! Make sure you take your camera with you everywhere you go. You’ll start to see the world in a different, unique way! And because you’re taking more pictures of the things around you, you’ll get better at taking them. It will also help those around you feel less awkward when you whip the camera out, leading to more natural-looking compositions.
This is also good for motivating yourself to get outside and take pictures in natural light. You can get the feel of how to work with different settings by just pointing and shooting at different times of the day and night. Lighting is often dramatic and changes throughout the day, and most people rarely get to see those differences. So it bears repeating: the more pictures you take, the better you get. And finally, make sure the lens remains clean and clear of obstructions, such as caps, thumbs and straps.
It may seem obvious, but these often unnoticed issues can ruin the perfect shot. This isn’t much of an issue if you have a live-preview digital camera; yet people still makes those mistakes, especially when they’re rushing to take the picture.
Practice Makes Perfect
The old adage is true. Practice, practice, practice. Whether you’re just starting out or just bought a new camera and want to pride yourself on taking marvelous photographs, these steps will help you become a professional in no time. So get out there and enjoy the day. You might just see the world in a whole different light.
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