As a photographer, mastering a new photography technique is the most satisfying thing. Whether you are a newbie or have been shooting for a while and want to master some photography skills, these tips and tricks will help lead you down the road and master the skill of taking better photographs.
- Focus on the eyes
Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as it is in real life. When taking a picture of someone, hold the camera at the person’s eye level t unleash the power of gazes and measuring smiles. Manually select an AF point and position it over one the eyes of your subject or model or you can use the central focus point to lock focus on the eye. Then, with the shutter release half-pressed to keep the setting locked and always re-compose your picture before taking the shot.
- Use a plain background
A plain background very well shows off the subject you are photographing. When you look through the camera viewfinder, study the area surrounding your subject. Make sure that there are no people, cars or other objects in the background when taking pictures.
- Use flash when taking picture outdoors
Taking pictures on a bright sunny day can create unattractive deep facial shadows. This effect can be eliminated by using your flash, this lightens up the face. You have a choice of fill flash mode or full flash mode. If the person you are photographing is within five feet, use the fill flash mode and if beyond five feet, the full mode can be used.
- Move in from the middle
Centre stage is great for a performer to be, but the middle of your picture is not the best place for your subject. Bring your picture to life by moving your subject away from the middle. Imagine a tick-tack-toe grid in your viewfinder and then place the subject at one of the intersection lines and lock the focus and then click.
These are some of the many tips to taking amazing pictures.