Things To Instantly Step Up Your Photo Game
Angles play a huge part in the photos. So, instead of just pulling out your phone or your camera and start snapping on your subject, take an extra 10 seconds and think at which angle your subject can look cool.
Objects could look typically good or way better if you try to take a shot at waist level. In that case, you put yourself at the same perspective with that object. Or, you can put a little thought into it. You can move around to the left, to the right or at the back and just take 10 seconds of your time and think in which viewpoint would your subject look great before snapping it.
We all know that people compare photos and they always say “Wow! Why is your photo looks a lot better than mine?” That is all because you're thinking about those angles.
2. Shoot thru something
Instead of just taking a shot, you can dangle something a little bit in front of your lens. If you are planning to go outside and take a portrait, instead of shooting directly the people in the forest, you can take a step back into the tree for a little bit so you can see those branches and the leaves hanging down in front of your lens. This technique will give you bokeh, a nice out of focus elements, and it adds an extra power to the photo to make the shot more dramatic.
Another is if you are shooting through the handle of the mug. You can take two playing cards and hold them up to the lens then take a shot through that.
Essentially, taking a shot through anything can add a huge dynamic to your photo. Just put an object in front of the lens and finagle your way through so you could see your subject through whatever object that blocks your lens. This could frame the shot in a really creative and captivating way.
3. Think opposite
Let’s say, for example, you’re gonna do a landscape shot in front of Lake Louise and there are hundreds of people there that are taking the same photo. Your photo might be better or it has a better lit but there is no big difference of the composition of Lake Louise from those hundreds of people that take that shot.
Actually, you can do this tip not only just for landscape photos. You can do it with maybe a deck of card, maybe you’re shooting a smartphone, a book or maybe a pair of boots ora living room perhaps. It doesn’t matter. Just try to think what is the most common typical place the photo will be taken from. “Hey, everyone stands in front of the mountain here. Everyone places the deck there.” Get that in your mind and totally, crap that off!
Just think where you gonna take that shot. Whether you want it to take from the back, upside down, from the left, from the right or maybe from above. See, it’s these little tips can end up producing huge results. You just have to take that 10 seconds ahead of time and tell yourself“This is what everybody does. What is the completely opposite of what they do?” and that’s what you gonna do. I guarantee you, you might surprise yourself.
Lighting is huge when it comes to photos. If your stuff isn’t lit well no one can see it or you can see a little bit of it but that would look terribly bad. Actually, lighting scares a lot of people. They immediately think that they don’t know how to set up the lights or they don’t own lights. Well, the solutions are very easy. Just stand in front of the window.If you’re shooting an object, move to the window and essentially find the light. If it’s dark outside, don’t take the photo unless you’re doing a night photography. If you’re trying to take a picture of a dish in the restaurant and the lighting is poor, then do it tomorrow. If it looks bad and you can’t figure out the light, then you shouldn’t take the photo right now. Unless it’s your job. Remember that you’re not gonna die, wait until tomorrow. Wait for golden hour.Window light will be diffused naturally. Especially if it is a cloudy day. And that cloud provides a giant soft box that covers the natural light.
So, your photos probably gonna look a hundred times better and believe me, it will look incredible.
Placing objects into the frame helps you tell a story. Maybe it’s people or different objects. Let’s say our subject is a deck of cards and we’re putting it on the table. It’s kinda boring, right? So, let’s add a laptop and a cellphone. Something is still lacking. Maybe, we’ll throw a sweater and a mug. Those things are just creeping into the corners but that provides an atmosphere. The picture is so much more interesting now.
See, It’s not focused on the laptop or on the sweater or even the mug because we made it very clear by keeping those things to the edges. The deck of cards is the focus point. We’ve just added these extra elements to create more mood, more feeling and more story in that photo. And we’ve just taken an extra 10 seconds to drop this thing in to create an interesting photograph.
You’ll notice that all these things are just a basic tips but can elevate your photography. It doesn’t matter if you’re using an iPhone, DSLR or an Instax camera or whatever. Those tips will make your photos better. So, try them out and discover how far you can go.
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