Let’s learn to take better photos, and turn those photos into stunning art hanging on your walls.
Tip #1 – Know your camera.
Take time to get to know all of your camera’s features and functions. Of course, shooting on the auto setting is convenient, but you’ll ALWAYS get better results by being able to comfortably adjust your exposure speed and aperture settings. Being able to quickly and confidently change your settings manually will give you the power to get a MUCH more impressive set of photos from your camera!
Tip #2 – Never cease fire! (Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!)
Don’t be afraid to take more pictures than you need. Shooting digitally means you never have to worry about running out of film. You can review them all afterward and pick the best shots. Taking a group picture? Someone is always going to blink, sneeze, or be distracted by their phone. It’s always better to have 12 crappy pictures with one great one, than it is to just have 4 crappy ones. Bonus, you could make a funny GIF with those 12 and it would be hilarious.
Tip #3 – Get to know your ISO.
Your ISO controls your camera’s ability to absorb light. Finding the right ISO setting is crucial to getting the best shot possible. A high ISO setting (1200-1600) lets you take pictures in low light but will sacrifice image quality in the form of digital “noise”. A low ISO setting (200-800) requires more light, but gives you a richer, higher-quality photo. Experiment with your camera and see what kind of results you get.
Tip #4 – Tweak it!
Adjusting your photos after they have been loaded onto your computer is not as daunting a task as you may think. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay big bucks for fancy software. There are many free digital photo editing programs that can be easily downloaded. Small tweaks to the exposure, contrast, and white balance can transform a mediocre shot into a breathtaking one!
Tip #5 – Be patient!
Getting great photos requires patience. The best photos capture moments that only last for a fleeting instant. Relax, keep an eye on your surroundings (not on your viewfinder!), and wait for that special moment to arrive. When it does, you’ll be ready to capture it.
Oh, and don’t forget to HAVE FUN!