A picture is said to be worth a thousand words; however, it can be worth more if taken with crucial picture-taking techniques. If you are a beginner in photography and wish to push the envelope further in the digital photography world, then it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with some of these techniques. Apart from having great photography equipment, photography tips and techniques can help you to get better results in your photography pursuit. These techniques are profitable to both veterans and beginners in the world of photography. Below are some of the top digital photography techniques that will help you become an exceptional photographer.
Although this technique sounds plain sailing, some photographers fail terribly in honoring it. In digital photography, less can be more hence the need for a simple and plain background. Simplicity is the best approach when it comes to backgrounds in digital photography. When you over-embellish the background, you risk falling into the trap of distraction. Remember, the key to captivating photography is knowing how to efficiently capture what needs to be in the shot while steering clear of any distraction. Always make sure that the subject of your shot is the only thing that is eye-catching in the picture.
Photography requires precise and accurate focusing. You must force yourself to focus on the subject under all costs. If the subject of your photography is a person (or animal), always focus on their eyes. There is a refined connectivity that manifest itself in the end-product (picture) when a shot is taking with the focus on the subject’s eye. A versatile seasoned photographer knows how to concentrate on the subject’s eye while still taking to account other features such as the smile. However, it is worth noting that focusing on the subjects eyes does not mean that the subject has to always stare at the camera. Maintaining an eye level even if the subject is not looking at the camera creates an inviting and personal feeling that pulls anyone into the picture.
Flashing and light
Photography demands that you know when and when not to use the flash. It is a universal truth that light is the crucial part of every picture. Even with the latest state-of-the-art photography equipment, you can still shoot poor quality picture simply by not knowing how to use the camera’s flash. When shooting indoors, it is advisable that you do not use the flash as it might lead to unnatural and harsh images especially for indoor portraits. Use other means to use natural light in photography. Even with the latest advancements in the digital photography world, none of the lighting has been able to give pictures the life that natural light gives to pictures. If you find there is a blur on your subject, use I.S (Image Stabilization), or tripod lens to steer clear of any blur.
Have you ever heard of a picture director? Well, that is what you have to be if you want to be an exceptional photographer. When your subject is human, you have to direct them as you take the pictures so as to improve the quality of the pictures dramatically. Apart from your subject moving, you can also move so as to take the picture in different angle. Remember that different angles show different features of the same subject. As a picture director, you have to know when to add props so as to enhance the picture. It is all about taking charge of the picture as you shot them.
When taking pictures at different angles, it is important that you don’t shake the camera as it leads to unsavory blurred images. How you hold the camera plays a central role in the quality of the image you will get. Always hold the camera with both of your hands, with one holding the camera’s body and the other holding the lens. To avoid shaky images, always make sure that the shutter speed equals the lens focal length.
Sense of depth
Creating a sense of depth is important in photography especially when dealing with landscapes. An image with a near-palpable sense of depth makes the viewer feel as if they were there when the picture was being taken. You can employ the technique of placing an object of a person in the foreground so as to enhance the sense of depth.