Taking a good picture in this day and age isn’t as hard as it used to be. However there is still a large amount of skill that goes into it, and there are some basics to be observed that are universal in creating a good picture.
Many people think that owning a good camera is what is needed for a good photo. This is far from the case. All that is required is the knowledge of how the camera works. The first rule to taking a good photo is to learn what all the parts on the camera do, what they change, and what that does to the photograph. Something as simple as the way you hold your camera can also affect the shots that are taken. Make sure to have a steady hand, purchase a tripod or use a wall if there is camera shake. A still camera can take a clearer shot, which will instantly improve the photo’s quality. Something else that people tend to miss is setting the resolution on the camera, making sure it is at the highest setting. This simply means that the camera is taking the highest quality photo possible. For those that are still nervous beginners, simply set the camera onto automatic and the camera will do the rest of the work.
Light it Up
For those budding photographers the next stage is to work the different settings and functions yourself. First, it is all about light. The light in a photograph can destroy or enhance it instantly. Always try to make sure that the subject has good light on them, backlight can make it harder to get the subject in focus and can cause large silhouette type photographs. If the light is too harsh, however, it is best to head to a shaded area. The softer the lighting, the better the subject will photograph, particularly in the case of portraits.
Get it in Frame
Composition of the shot is another visual aid to improving the photo. This will vary greatly depending on the type of photograph.
Action shots are best framed with the action slightly off centre; a portrait should be in the centre. Try to find objects that lead the eye towards the focal point of the picture. Placing the subject near to a contrasting colour will naturally draw the viewer’s eye to where you want it.
There are a multitude of ways to improve photographs and these are just a few. With time and practice these skills will develop, regardless of the equipment being used.