A photographer is only as great as his tools and his vision. If you can improve both of these areas, you’re on your way to becoming a renowned photographer. Your techniques are very important, just as in any skilled trade. The more you practice, the more you’ll learn about methods that can improve your snapshots. If you’re new to the world of photographer and would like to become better, then you can use the following tips to help transform your skills into pro status in no time!
Take Photos During the Golden Hour
This happens to be one of the best times of day to shoot a photo. Think of a couple kissing in front of a beautiful golden setting sun or a mountain range with the same scene. It’s hard to go wrong when you take photos during this time of day, which is right before dusk sets in. The light in these scenes really bring out the subjects in your photos, making them look like a picture out of a magazine.
Try the Four Corner Trick
This is a simple trick to help expand your vision for your subjects. All you have to do is put the camera to your eye (or look at the digital screen) and place the subject in each of the four corners. A lot of beginners opt to put their subjects in the middle of the shot each and every time. This kills your creativity. Give this a try to see if one of the four corners would add spice to your snapshots.
Use a Film Camera
Digital cameras have spoiled us rotten. We can take as many photos as we want without penalty. Once it’s full, we can delete hundreds of photos at the push of a button. With a film camera, you’re not so lucky. You only get 24 or 36 shots, which means you have to plan each one more carefully than the last. Once you’re out, you have to put in another. Using a film camera helps you to become more careful about the photographs you take before you push the button. If you don’t have one, you can use your digital camera, but try not to take more than 24 shots.
Teach Others How to Photograph
Sometimes, explaining a topic to someone else helps to bring clarity for yourself. As you’re teaching others about photography, you will come up with methods, tricks and concepts that better help them to understand. This can in turn make you realize how well you understand the art of photography.
This can be professional or amateur models. You have to get used to taking photos of people who are moving and posing for the shot. You can practice with family and friends, or even get a job at a photo studio, where models are posing in clothing from Talbots and other department stores for magazines.
Whatever you do to improve your photography skills, don’t give up! One day, you’ll be the photography you’ve always imagined yourself to be.