Although most people think that taking a picture is just as simple as pointing and shooting, there really is an art form to it. Typically, your photos never look quite as good as you imagined they would. However, once you learn the proper techniques, it really is simple to take great pictures. Get close to your subject for a better shot. Taking a picture from close avoids any potential distractions in the background. It also highlights your subject’s facial expressions, which are important to a great portrait. Small details are easily overlooked when the subject is a good distance away.
If you wish to join the ranks of very accomplished photographers, move up to a dSLR camera. Digital single-lens reflex cameras are the ideal way to view your subject just after you take the photograph. Ideally you would get a full framed DSLR camera that gives you the largest image sensor with the highest detailed photographs. When you are taking photos of landscapes, create an appearance of depth. Have a person or an object in the foreground to provide an idea of scale for your image. If you want more sharpness in your photos, especially in the fore- and background, opt for a smaller aperture. This means an aperture of f/8 in a general digital camera or no more than f/16 in full-frame SLR cameras.
Experiment with the white balance feature. Shooting indoors can give your pictures a yellowish tint due to the light bulbs. By changing the white balance feature on your camera this will be reduced and you will notice a whole different quality to your photographs. Your photos will almost instantly appear more professional. Look for the perfect balance of aperture, ISO and shutter speed. These are the three features that drive the exposure of the photographs you take. Both overexposed and underexposed pictures should always be avoided, unless you are going for that particular effect. Experimentation with these features and how they work together will lead you to the perfect combination.
It is important that you make your subject feel relaxed and safe. Many people feel threatened when a stranger starts photographing them. It’s important to be friendly, talk to them lightheartedly, and always ask for their permission before you snap away. Many people need to know that photography is art, instead of an invasion of privacy. Before, your pictures may not have come out the way you envisioned them. Using the following advice, you can make that disappointment a thing of the past. With the right tools, skills, and knowledge, you can take breathtaking photos that you want to share with the world.