Taking a good photo isn’t as hard as you may think. You don’t need the most expensive camera or years of experience, just 10 simple tips.
“Tall Photographer” is a Dubai-based professional photographer, with over a decade of experience in portrait, commercial and corporate photography, who is giving us his tips for a perfect picture.
“I believe that there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them”
Sometimes, you can look at a picture for a week, and never think of it again. But other times, you can look at a picture for a second, and it stays with you for your entire life. I don’t simply take photographs with my camera. I bring to the art of photography all the pictures that I have seen, the books I have read, the music I have listened to and the people I have loved.
When someone asks me which of my photos is my favorite, my answer is simple: the one I will take tomorrow.
I believe in photos, in the truth hidden in them, and the fact that life is too short to not be doing what you really believe in.
Here are my top tips for a better picture.
Tip 1 – Use All Your Available Space
Don’t be afraid to use all the space in your photo. If you want to take a picture of something, it’s ok to take up the whole shot with no or very little background showing. Keep distractions out of your shot
Tip 2 – Study Forms
This is a vital aspect of photography. Understanding forms in your photos. The form is all around us and I highly suggest you read as many books on it as possible.
Tip 3 – Motion In Your Photos
Never have motion in your photos if you are photographing a still object. If there is something moving while you are trying to photograph a stationery object, your photo won’t turn out anywhere near perfect. Also never put a horizon line in the center of your frame.
Tip 4 – Learn To Use Contrasts Between Colors
Some of the best photos have shades of white, gray, and black. You can take great shots with just one color on your subject, but the contrast between colors in a shot is what makes you a great photographer.
Tip 5 – Get Closer To Your Subject
This is one of the biggest mistakes most photographers make, not getting close enough to their subject. Get up and close the distance gap. You can always reshape and resize a good shot but you can’t continue to blow up a distant object.
Tip 6 – Shutter Lag
Shooting action shots with digital cameras can be tricky due to shutter lags. What this means is, when you press the button to take the photo, it can take up to a second for the shutter to take a photo, by that time what you were photographing would have moved or changed somehow. This means you have to compensate for shutter lag by predicting what your subject is going to do and taking the photo just before it takes the action you want. More expensive digital cameras don’t have this problem.
Tip 7 – Pan
If you are taking an action shot and your shutter speed is slow, pan with the object. Follow through with the subject, from start to finish and one of those shots will be the winners. You have more chance of getting a good shot if you take more than one photo.
Tip 8 – Continuous Shots
To pan like I suggested above you will need a camera that does continuous shots and doesn’t need to stop and process after every shot.
Tip 9 – How To Take Fantastic Night Time Shots
Night-time shots can be spectacular, almost magical… if done right! If not, they can look horrible, really horrible. Without adequate lighting, even good cameras can turn out crappy photos if the photographer doesn’t know what he or she is doing.
Tip 10 – Study Your Manual
If your digital camera has a special night-time mode, read the manual and follow the instructions on how to use it properly.