Whether you take photos for your business, to record happy memories or for your blog, most of us want them to be visually pleasing. I recently took an intensive photography course and thought it’d be fun to share a few quick fix tips for taking better photographs and getting out of the “Auto” mode. If you’ve ever looked at a digital camera and been totally baffled then keep reading, because these 3 tips should help!
1. Read your Handbook
I know it’s completely unheard of to actually read through a handbook, but your camera instructions are full of handy tips about specific shooting modes and functions. They’ll give you an idea of the range your camera has, how to activate special settings and whether there are any handy add-ons you can buy to enhance your work. For SLR cameras you’ll read terms like Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO – these might sound daunting but they can all have a great impact on your photos. I’ll share some tips for using those functions next time!
Play with Focus
Focus and depth of field can really make an impact on how a photo looks. If you’ve read your handbook ,you’ll know how to adjust focus! If not, most cameras will auto-focus. To refocus on a different point, usually you can half-press the shoot button and the lens will readjust to pick another subject. Play around with this function until you get the effect you want – whether that be deep focus or some blurs. This is obviously difficult with moving subjects, but for stills it’s really useful.
Think about Colour
The eye is naturally drawn to areas with high contrast of light and dark. Think about this when you’re snapping. More visually pleasing images have at least a point of high contrast which draws the eye. Similarly, colour saturation is really important – rich, bold colours are more pleasing than faded or darkened shades. This obviously makes taking photos in darker lighting situations quite difficult, but ISO adjustments can help with that (come back next time to find out how). In darker situations select specific shooting modes like nighttime or indoors modes to help your camera compensate for the type of light.
I’ll share another tutorial next week which will delve into the basics of aperture, shutter speed and ISO priorities, so stay tuned if you want to get a little more technical and move out of “auto” mode.
Do you have any great tips for photo improvement? Are there any aspects you struggle with?