Taking quality photographs does not necessarily require you to have professional gear. Of course, professional gear is always faster and better than entry level equipment but even with your smartphone camera, you have the ability to take incredible photographs. The secret lies in several aspects of taking the picture such as lighting, composition, timing, and editing.
There are times you just need to have great shots that your phone or entry-level camera just can’t give you so such times call for hiring a professional photographer.
However, for your everyday photography, if you want to have professional looking photographs, here are a few tips and tricks you can use, regardless of the camera type.
1. Know Your Camera
Practice using different camera settings and shooting in different situations to get to know your camera. Take your camera off auto mode so you can be in control then play with the settings and experiment.
2. Have a Clear Focal Point
One of the biggest differences between professional and amateur photographs is clear focal points. Decide on one specific aspect of your scene and make it the main idea of the image. For instance, you can make a beautiful tree the focal point in a landscape photo. It is okay to include more of that scene but have something specific you want the viewer to see.
3. Follow Composition Rules
Composition plays a huge role in the end results of a photograph and the rules will be your guide. Some of these rules include the rule of thirds, leading lines and frames.
4. Draw With the Light
Originally, photography means to draw with light so light plays a vital role here. Finding the perfect light will set your photographs apart from the rest. Check the direction as well as the intensity of the light every time you take a picture. The golden hours, which comes before sunrise and sunset is always a great time to capture a shot. Window light is very good if you are creative so experiment with it.
5. Lock On That Focus
Most cameras are designed to focus on what’s in the middle but this is usually not the best place for a subject. Try to center your subject then press your shutter button down to lock in your focus. Then you can reframe the photo and take the shot, which will be perfectly sharp.
6. Focus On Quality
Shoot and capture all the pixels you can because more pixels give quality to an image. Always shoot at the cameras highest resolution, at all times.
7. Know How to Edit
Editing is entirely different from shooting a photograph but you have to think about it while shooting. If you intend to make the photo black and white, for instance, it will help if you include high contrast and extra texture elements while taking the shot. Think of the file types as well depending on how good you are at editing.
8. Turn Off Your Flash Indoors
Contrary to what you might think, your camera flash ruins a lot of good in a photo because it washes out the depth and detail. For more light, while shooting indoors, set your aperture as wide as possible.
9. Blur the Background
A blurred background isolates the subject and makes the shot instantly professional. Just remember to keep all the important elements in focus and focus on the right object.
These are the tips that will take you from amateur to professional photographs. While taking your photographs, sometimes you don’t have to just stand in one position, try different positions like kneeling down, holding the camera higher or standing on a bench to get a unique perspective.