Photography 101

October 08, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

So Its been a while since I have done one of these. Things got hard for a while there but I'm back now so we will have another crack. 

So my time in Canada has been amazing so far! It is so incredibly beautiful!! So much so I was thinking it is so easy to take great photos all you have to do is get back to the basics of photography and you are 90% there.

 

So what are the basics I hear you ask? (Well not really but lets just go with it)

They are very simple and can apply to any camera even phone cameras. 

 

My first tip is to slow down and take your time. Don't just fire away and hope for the best. Look at the image you are creating. What moment are you trying to catch? What do you plan to do with the photo once you have taken it? Is it a photo of your cat because its being cute and you want to remember the moment, is it a stunning sunset you don't want to forget or fancy drinks and you want to try and make your friends believe this is how you spend your spare time? does the image in you have do this?

If not try moving around with different angles and heights, you would be surprised how much a small change in angle or height can change an image. Make sure everything you need is in the frame. There is no point just taking a photo of the cocktail if the pool that goes along with it is missing... at the same time if there are some dodgy looking individuals or rubbish to the side make sure you don't include this in the photo as you just want the perfect looking time, unless the point of the photo is to show what is really going on then include it.    

 

Is the photo sharp? What ever you are planning to do with the photo it works a lot better when it is sharp!!! If you are taking a photo of an animal or person the most important place to get sharp is the eyes. If you have a camera or phone that you can tell it what to focus on make it the persons or animals eyes!

Almost all cameras have auto focus these days however you still need to do some work to get a sharp shot. The camera will make the image sharp however if you are moving the camera and it only has to be a tiny bit and the image will be blurry. So when you do go to take an photo slow down and make sure you have steady hands. Especially if it is getting dark as the camera will take the photo for longer so it can get enough light to see what is going on, so you need to hold the camera still for longer.        

If you are finding it hard to hold the camera still a tripod is a great tool and opens up a lot of creative potentials as the camera will stay still as long as you leave it. It can also double as a selfie device if you use the shutter timer on your camera. 

The most important thing though is to enjoy the experience!!! We can make an amazing photo however it is only using one of our senses we are still missing out on the sounds, smells, touch and everything else that makes up that moment don't just get caught up in taking a photo or you will miss out on the full experience!!  

 

 


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