Tips on Photography: 4 ways to take great photos

There is professional photography tips to picture taking.

It often takes years of practice; however, as a new photographer you’ll find that there are some things that will dramatically improve your photography without much effort.

Here are the simplest things you can do to quickly make improvements in your photos.

1. Capture photos with good lightening

Lighting is number one on this list for a reason. It’s always overlooked by the amateur photographers, but professional photographers are obsessed about it. Lighting is the most important thing to making a photo look professional.

Now what makes lighting look interesting?  First of all, it’s different from what we normally see.  Secondly, it highlights the subject and presents it for a more appreciated concept. There are many ways to make a portrait photo have more interesting lighting. You could simply place the person in the shade in order to put even lighting on their face, or you could turn their back to the sun so that hard shadows don’t rake across the face.

2. Unique Perspective

If you look at a professional shot, you’ll notice they’re often taken from non-obvious spots. Taking a city landscape shot, we often want to get to a very high perspective to shoot down to have a perfect view of the whole city.

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3. Watch out for your exposure

Exposure means the brightness or darkness of a photo.  It’s probably the thing that beginning photographers put the most work into learning. There are three ways to control the exposure of a photo: aperture adjustment, ISO, and shutter speed. Digital cameras are very good at coming to a neutral exposure, but the truth is that the neutral exposure is not always the best exposure.  For example, suppose you are taking a picture of a person on a bright sunny day.  The camera will likely make the face of the person dark and the background too bright.  The “neutral” exposure is mid-way between exposing for the face and the background.

4. Crisp sharpness

There are so many factors that impact the sharpness of a photo that it can be difficult to know what is causing a reduction in sharpness in your photos. But I have found after coaching thousands and thousands of photographers that the problem is usually that the photographer did not get the focus quite right. When taking a picture of a person, it’s essential to put the focus point exactly on the eye of the person you are photographing.

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