Top 10 Photography Tips for Beginners

Top 10 Photography Tips for Beginners

Posted By Admin: 5/10/2012 4:07:01 PM.   Posted To Photographers / Guest Authors

Think your point-and-shoot camera can't hack it out with the big guns? It's not all about fancy, expensive cameras when it comes to great photography. Have camera envy no longer and improve your photos immediately with these easy photography tips.

Follow these 10 steps to enhance your photography skills:

Consider the weather. Sunlight can create unwanted shadows on the face, so position yourself such that the light is flattering to your subject. When it's overcast, your pictures can come out dull and gloomy. In these cases, try to exclude the sky in your shot or take black-and-white photos.

Get active. We're so used to the typical photo being taken at the average height of man. Shots from above or below can create more interest. Show your creativity by kneeling down for a photo at your child or pet's height, catching a different perspective of a tall building from below or positioning yourself higher than your subject.

Go for the close-up. "A picture is worth a thousand words" right? Often, the detail of a close-up shot can tell more of the story and have much more impact than an overall scene because the subject is often more interesting than the background. Switch to your camera's macro mode to maximize detail and focus in close-up photos.

Try the rule of thirds. You can potentially create more interest in your photo by shifting your subject off to the side instead of centering it, which can be too predictable. To implement the rule of thirds, imagine a tic-tac-toe board over your potential photo (your camera might even have a feature to view the grid). Now, position the most important element off-center at one of the four intersection points.

Simplify the background. A busy background can be distracting and take away from the subject of your photo. Whenever possible, bring emphasis to your subject by directing him or her to a plain background. Alternatively, find a subject that's already framed by a simpler background.

Show depth. It's possible to help the human eye perceive depth and distance in your photo. Just make sure there are objects in the foreground, middle ground and background of the photo. The natural differences in sizes of the objects within the photo will highlight the magnitude of your photographed scene.

Know your limits. For most point-and-shoot cameras, the flash only reaches approximately ten feet away. Flip through your manual to learn the exact distance for your camera. This will help you gauge the furthest subjects can be from your camera in dark settings. Subjects too far away from the flash's range will otherwise appear too dark.

Experiment with different settings. Delve into your camera's menu and test out all the different functions in manual mode. Even with the cheapest point-and-shoot camera, you can often control the color, film speed and exposure. You don't have to know what all the settings mean because you'll see the effects yourself.

Use flash outdoors. Flash is typically reserved for dark environments, but you should also manually include flash outdoors when it's really sunny out. Direct sunlight, especially above or behind the subject, can create unattractive shadows on the face that can be softened by your camera's flash.

Enjoy the learning process. Always have your camera ready and recognize the beauty that's always around you. Don't be afraid to take tons of imperfect photos, especially when your digital camera allows you to easily delete photos that didn't turn out the way you wanted them to. Like in any craft, photography skills develop with time, patience and practice.

What other tips do you have for beginner photographers? Please share your experience below...