We take pictures as a way to remember. We want to remember the way that something or someone looked, acted, or achieved around Aiken. We take them to show others something that we witnessed firsthand and pass along the experience. If you want to take better pictures of your memories, then read this article and the tips contained within.
Toy around with taking pictures in nature – there are so many things in our local area. Take pictures of the landscape, sunset, landmarks, animals, anything that takes your fancy. Take interesting shots and see what photo gems you come up with. Nature provides many wonderful and beautiful scenes. Try going on a nature walk with your camera a few times, and take shots to make a portfolio.
Familiarity with your camera is important if you want to shoot the best pictures possible. Make sure that you take some time to study your particular camera. This doesn’t mean just reading the manual and snapping a few photos. You really want to become familiar with everything your camera’s capable of. I have a Canon 7d and a range of amazing lenses, but The more I learn about the camera, the better the shots I capture.
One of the things that you can do when you are taking pictures is to lean on something to achieve better balance. The more balance that you have, the less movement the camera will make, which can improve the sharpness of your shots. Multiple connection points are important too. Try a monopod or a shoulder brace, or even tighten up the strap. Anything you do to stabilize the camera is a good thing. Maintain your balance and add another stabilization point if you desire optimal photographs.
Pay attention to natural lighting. You might need to use your flash feature or install additional sources of light, but you can use natural lighting to create interesting effects with light and shadow. Position your subject accordingly. Make sure the photograph is not too dark or too bright. Learn to use the histogram feature. if you have it, to make sure there isn’t too much light, or too much dark.
Select a subject and focus on it. Point your camera towards this subject or object and use the auto focus feature if necessary. If you don’t do this, your picture will look blurry. Play with conventions and select an unusual point of focus if you want original pictures. I always check the focus of someone’s eyes – zoom right in and see if they are crisp or blurred – that is my wife’s tip.
Always be early when you’re planning on shooting a sunset or a sunrise. This will give you ample time to compose the perfect shot. You don’t want to get there and be forced to take lousy shots because you ran out of time. I am guilty of this!
In the beginning, I talked about the reasons that we take pictures and their roles in our lives. Taking great photos means you have a wonderful visual for a story that you are telling. I hope I’ve given you some useful tips to take better photos around Aiken.