From Intermediate to Expert: How to Take Better Photos

Most people like to think that they take great photos, but very few people actually do. Photography is an art, and like all arts, it takes practice. Here are a couple tips and tricks to elevate your skills to the next level.

The rule of thirds is one of the most commonly known rules of photography, and for good reason. Properly framing your photographs can make all of the difference, and the rule of thirds is the best way to do this. The rule of thirds is where you separate your photograph, horizontally and vertically, into thirds. The focus of your photo (a flower or a person, for example) should be placed onto one of the intersections of the lines. You may also use these lines in different ways, like framing the horizon on the vertical line. Get creative! The rule of thirds can always be played with in new and exciting ways.

Become familiar with the type of camera lens you decide to use. There are many great Canon camera lens and Nikon camera lens options available that, if used properly, can take your photography to the next level.

Many new photographers like to capture as much color as possible in their photos, but this can often result in a gaudy and overpowering picture. Vibrant colors are great, but try to capture many different shades of a select few colors, as opposed to selecting a few shades of nearly every color. To decide which colors to use, consult a color wheel and experiment with different variations.

In our modern digital age of photography it is all too easy to look down at the screen after every shot. While this is great for checking your photos, it also draws your attention away from your surroundings. Photography is all about timing, and opportunity doesn’t last forever. In other words, shoot first and ask questions later; your photos aren’t going anywhere, so keep watching and waiting for that perfect shot.

While we all know to use the flash when taking photos in the dark, a flash can also be very useful in the daytime. Natural light is great for taking photos, but it can also change in an instant, completely ruining your shot. A flash also brings extra focus to your subject, fighting shadows cast by harsh sunlight. In short, just keep the flash on while you learn the trade. The exception to this rule is the golden hour.

The “Golden Hours” are your ticket to stunning photos. Golden hours appear just after sunrise and just before sunset, so that the sun shines from the side and not from above. The sun shining from above can cause very harsh lighting, but the golden hours are much softer. With this lighting, beautiful photos are nearly guaranteed. These hours have been utilized by the greatest photographers and film directors in the world, if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you.

Remember That Photography Should be Fun

Finally, make sure that you shoot everyday! Just like any other skill, photography takes practice and hard work to master. Having fancy the best equipment (high end DSLR camera and sturdy camera tripod) is always nice, but practice makes perfect. Continue to read more articles on photography, and don’t be afraid to read a book or two. Continue to take photos of a wide variety of subjects and settings. Lastly, remember to enjoy yourself. Photography is not just about taking the perfect photo, it’s about making art.

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