Photography is very common nowadays, you can see pictures almost everywhere, in fact it’s very easy to capture a moment because even a simple cellphone has a camera. Everyone can take pictures. You look for a subject and then you click the button, it’s so easy. However, not everyone can capture a good and well composed photograph.
The following are tips and basic shooting guidelines of photography. Yes, I know it’s very basic, and maybe you’re asking, “Why do some effort just to publish an article like this?” It’s because we tend to forget the very basic of everything.
1. SUBJECT – Subject should be the main focus of your photograph; you should attract viewers with your subject. Choose a good subject. Try to connect with the viewers through your subject, and connecting means you were able to explain the meaning of the image by just letting them look at the subject. You can only attain it when you have a good or interesting subject.
2. SHOOTING ANGLE – Angling is a very important factor of a good photograph. You may have a good subject, but the angling doesn’t fit. Try a different angle of the same subject, and when you’re done, then choose the best shot. Shooting from different angles will change the look of one image to another.
3. COMPOSITION – Composition is the key element of good photographs. It’s not really rules to be followed, but rather additional factors of well taken photos. Five elements of composition are lines, symmetry, depth of field, pattern and texture. Viewers should feel your emotions, and you can do it by working on with the composition.
4. LIGHT – Add some drama to your photographs through the light. Natural light is usually better than artificial light because real emotions are being captured. Low light photography is more dramatic. Try a silhouette shot too.
5. RULE OF THIRDS – This is the basic rule of photography. Keep your subject away from the center. Placing your subject in the center makes the image looks dull except if it’s a portrait, and you want to make it look like Mona Lisa. Place your subject in the intersection of “Rule of Third’s grid”, by doing that you can balance the subject and the environment. Always remember that you have to give space to other elements.
It’s not about the camera that you’re using; yes, it’s a factor but you should never rely on this. Keep in mind that no matter how good a camera is, if the one who uses it doesn’t know how to operate it well, then it’s nonsense. It pays to read your camera’s manual.
A photograph can never be a photograph without a camera, and a camera will never be a camera without a photographer. If you’re an aspiring photographer, never stop trying, you should always practice, keep on capturing moments.