5 Top Tips For The Amateur Photographer

You don’t have to be a professional photographer with pricey equipment to take great pictures. Some people have a knack and seem to get a wonderful shot, no matter what they do. While this may be true, there are some tricks of the trade that anyone can take advantage of to ensure good picture quality.

1. Consider going black and white. Black and white pictures often have a dramatic effect that can’t be denied. There’s something about the contrasts in light and shadow. Black and white photos also often give one the feeling of going back to days of old. Portrait photos can be very attractive without the color. If anything, it’s highly effective to place two pictures side by side, one in color and one without. Placed in a frame together or artfully arranged on the wall to show the two images is a wonderful way to have artistic expression. Have fun developing a set of black and whites and see the possibilities.

2. Pay attention to lighting. When using a good quality camera, you’ll also want to take care with having a quality filter. As you take pictures, you need to experiment with your shutter settings, aperture, and exposure compensation. With more experience, you’ll find what works best. Also, remember to try taking photos in different conditions. You may be surprised at the amazing shots you can take at any time of day or in various weather conditions. Great pictures can happen on an overcast day or when day is sliding into dusk.

3. Change your position. When you see an ideal shot, snap it and then try it from different angles. Come in closer to make sure the picture fills the frame. Lie down and tilt your camera up. If possible, take to higher ground so that you can aim down while taking your photo. You’ll have an array of selections when you’re done. Variety can really spice up your pictures.


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4. Timing is everything. You need to learn how to be quick about snapping your photos before you miss an opportunity. Many photographers would suggest that you keep your camera on a strap around your neck and make sure it is turned on. If you have to stop to get it out of the bag, there’s a good chance you’ll miss some great pictures.

5. Experiment with depth-of-field. When you want to focus on one object or person, use a smaller depth-of-field. When you want to have a broad view of a landscape, it is time for a larger depth-of-field. Photography really is all about experimentation, trial and error. Often, you’ll find that your mistakes may turn out to be incredible moments frozen in an image. The most important thing to remember is not to be afraid to try new techniques.

Mark Dolby is a professional wedding photographer based in Leeds in the UK.

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