If you’re looking for some quick tips to improve your photography skills then you’ve come to the right place! A great photo can look impressive but it’s probably easier than you think to turn an average photo into an amazing one. So let’s get on with it. Here are 3 quick beginner tips to taking better shots:
- Use lighting to your advantage.
As a general rule, people tend to find warmer lighting more pleasing. Sunrise and sunset are when the natural lighting is warmest, this is why you see so many awesome landscape shots taken at these times. Most modern digital cameras can adjust the white balance in the settings which allows you to create a warmer lighting. Alternatively, this can be done in post-processing software. I use Adobe Lightroom CC but there are lots of free options available if you don’t want to part with your hard-earned cash. Check out this list from TechRadar if you want to explore some options. There are of course times when you want to go for a colder colour temperature. This gives the photo a nice moody effect. Again, you can adjust white balance to create this effect.
- Experiment with shutter speed.
This is a really straightforward way to create some interesting and fun photos. If you’ve got a DSLR then shutter speed is easily adjusted with the camera settings. If you’re shooting on an iPhone then you’ll need to download an app such as Camera+ (£2.99) which will give you more control of your camera’s settings. Slow shutter speeds create motion blur, so this technique is obviously more useful when photographing a moving subject (duh). It works particularly well with water, this is how those great waterfall pictures that we are all familiar with are taken. You’ll need a tripod to take a shot like that, as without one you won’t be able to hold the camera still in your hands and you’ll end up with a blurry image. However, you can also use a slow shutter speed to create some cool motion blur effects by moving the camera around as the shot is being taken.
- Get your composition right.
Everyone has heard of the rule of thirds. Even people who have never held a camera know about the rule of thirds. The rule states that you should imagine your shot is split into 9 equal squares and place the subject of your photo along one or more of these lines dissecting your photo. This is to discourage you from putting the subject of the photo in the centre – something we intuitively want to do. This is just one of several “rules” of composition, for an extensive list check out this guide (and remember that no rule is gospel). In my opinion the most important thing to look out for is to make sure that something interesting is happening in the photo. If you’re taking a photo of your latte for your Instagram account then get some other objects in the frame too such as the corner of your MacBook or your favourite watch. This gives life to the image and makes it more pleasing to look at.
And that concludes this list. These are just a few quick tips to help you take better photos. Like most things in life the best thing you can do to improve is practice. Experiment with new techniques and be your own biggest critique.