Top 10 Photo Tips

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Ever want to get excellent pictures. Well here are ten essential tips you need to make it all happen. This is the top ten tips suggested by most of the professional photographers. With these tips you too can be a better photographer. Get out there! Here are some quick tips to get you started:

1. Change your position

Many casual photographers simply take the picture from where they stand. This is not always the best angle for the picture. Try to move about the subject in order to get a different perspective. Imagine that you are an electron spinning around the nucleus of an atom — change not only your angle, but your distance from the subject. You cannot be sure that you’ve got the best possible shot until you’ve considered all the options!

2.Get in close

All too often, the photographer stands too far from the subject when they shoot, and the resulting picture makes the viewer feel detached from the subject. Close in on the action, including just enough relevant subject mater to communicate the event. For example if the subject is blowing out candles on a birthday cake, frame the picture to include only the subject and the cake. It is best to capture human or animal subjects when they are look at the camera.

3. Have your subject take up the whole picture frame

Before making the exposure, make sure the subject fills the frame, without being cut off in ways that are unintentional.

4. Compose some of your photos vertically

Camera designs and TV and movie screens predispose us to product horizontal images. Many photographic subjects are better captured in a portrait (vertical) orientation. Remember to take pictures of your subject in both orientations, the one that you prefer may surprise you.

5. Use a flash

What many people don’t know is that a flash on a sunny day can be very effective. Harsh shadows create uncomplimentary photos and a flash fills in the shadows, creating a pleasant photo. Remember, your flash will carry no more than about 30 feet, so do not expect it to help you with subjects that are too far away.

6. Use a tripod

Read our detailed tripod article on this subject.

7. Take plenty of pictures

The more time and effort it takes to prepare and get to a photo location, the less you should worry about “wasting” film (okay, this article was re-posted form back in the film days). When conditions are perfect, be prepared to derive full benefit from your good fortune.

8. Carry camera with you wherever you go

You never know when an opportunity will reveal itself to you. Have a camera with you and ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. You may have very little time to setup the shot.

9. Plan

Try to determine beforehand what you will be photographing, and try to plan how you will be photographing this subject or event. Do research on what you would like to photograph and where you need to be positioned to capture it. Consider event agendas and think about scenes that you’d like to capture. See our article on Planning a Picture for information about finding the best natural light conditions.

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