In this Instagram, Facebook and blogging world we live in, everyone has gained interest in photography. The perfect flat lay and best selfie always gets the most number of likes and gains more followers. The question is, how do you take the best photo anyway?
To take good photos, we don’t really need to invest in top of the line camera. Although, it really does help if we are armed with a high quality camera, good lighting, sharp focus and an interesting subject are more important to get the likes of our followers. The following are ten tips to capture great photos.
Know your subject
This photography tip is the most obvious and most basic. Know your subject and just focus on one. This will keep your viewers’ eyes drawn to just one direction. The composition of the photo will also become easier to manipulate and balance with just one subject.
Know the rule of thirds
The rule of thirds is a must in photography. It is the principle, which states that we can break down the image into nine parts. You can break it down by thirds vertically and horizontally by imaginary lines. This principle also says that the subject of the photo must lie on the intersection of these imaginary lines. This will result to a more interesting and more balanced photo.
Know your angles
This is also another handy photography tip. The more unconventional your angle is, the better. People are drawn to only three things – the good, the bad and the unusual. Do not be afraid to go on your knees or lie down just to get that perfect shot. The best photographers are not afraid to experiment. They are not afraid to look peculiar just to capture that perfect shot.
Know your space and background.
The subject is important, but so is the background or negative. Blank or neutral colored spaces as background are hot trends right now. Bloggers and online influencers on Instagram usually use such spaces to emphasize and highlight a particular object.
Know your lighting
Proper lighting is as important as a good angle. The lighting will dictate the overall appeal and mood of your photo. Know when to use flash or when to just utilize natural light. During the day, natural light is the best source of lighting.
However, during the night, determine when to use or not to use a flash. The flash feature may cause someone’s face to look oilier if not used properly. Aside from that, also know the range of the flash feature. The range differs from one camera to another so it is better to consult the manual before using it.
Know when to zoom in
Unknown to a lot of people, the zoom of a camera can work wonders in improving the quality of the picture. Zooming out or zooming in too much can ruin the overall appeal of the photo. This photography tip is useful especially when there is so much happening around the subject. There are also times when it is better to just come closer to your subject rather than using the zoom function. Zooming in too much can comprise the quality of the picture. It can either become too blurry or pixelated.
Know and identify the patterns and symmetry around you
If there would be a favorite photography tip of bloggers and ‘instagrammers’, this would be it. Blogger and Instagram users are obsessed with patterns and symmetry. These types of photos usually get more likes than the usual plain subject-background photo. There is something about patterns and symmetry that are so pleasing and satisfying to the eye. A lot of photos that feature patterns and symmetry get lots of attention on social media sites.
Know and keep an eye on the small details
The small details always make a big difference. A house critter on a window pane, a flower in a field, a bird flying through the infinite blue sky – these are the small everyday details that can make a great subject.
Know and play with shadows
Having a proper lighting is a must in a photo, but playing with shadows enhances its dramatic effect. A shadow often adds drama, mystery and spice to a picture.
Know your tools
As aforementioned, there isn’t really a need to have the best camera in the market to get the best shot. You just have to know to use it and maximize its functions. Know how to adjust the lighting, focus and sharpness of your camera. Also, familiarize yourself with photo editing applications that will greatly help in enhancing the quality of pictures.