Professional photography is growing in popularity, and with the increased demand comes an increased number of people who are attempting to take professional-grade photos. While it’s easy enough to point your camera at something and snap a photo, there are certain guidelines that need to be followed if you want your shot to look like the professionals‘. Follow these 9 simple tips below for great results!
1. Eliminate Distractions
The most important thing to a good shot is ensuring that nothing is going to obstruct or draw attention away from the subject of your photo. If there are people, cars, buildings, rocks – anything else in view other than your subject, you will need to take them out of the picture. This means either getting rid of them, or moving them out of view.
2. Shoot from a Height
The next step in ensuring that your subject is the only thing you’re going to see in your shot is by shooting from a height. If you can get on a ladder, stand on the ground, or even lie down and shoot over something, do it! By shooting from a height, you’re more likely to eliminate anything that might be in view of your subject.
3. Watch the Background
Make sure that there is nothing that might draw attention away from your subject just by looking at the background of your shot. If there are any bright colors or objects poking out behind your subject, try moving around until you find a better angle.
4. Eliminate the Unnecessary
The main subject of your photograph should be obvious without anything else in the shot cluttering up the background. If anything is poking into the foreground, move it out of view or change your shot until it isn’t there anymore! The only thing that should be immediately visible in your shot is your subject.
5. Use Natural Light
If you’re indoors, try to find a window so that the sun can shine through and create soft lighting for your shot. This will help eliminate harsh shadows or dark spots on the photo! If you don’t have any windows in the room, try using lamps with shades to soften the lighting.
6. Pay Attention to Proportion
Make sure that everything in your photo is in proportion with each other! This means paying attention to how large or small things look, and adjusting your shot accordingly. While a human finger might be tiny when compared to a thumb, it could still be too big when compared to a hand or a finger nail! Check everything against the original object and alter your shot, if necessary, before taking the picture!
7. Take Time for Rewinds
It’s hard sometimes to get exactly what you want on your first try – take time before snapping the photo so that you can make any adjustments you need to make in order to ensure that every element of your photo gets filled out correctly! If you’re using a digital camera, you can delete photos if needed without having to worry about wasting film (which also allows you to experiment more).
8. Pay Attention to Angles
If everything in your photo is the same size or equal in proportion to each other, it might seem boring! Try taking different angles of your shot so that you can accentuate certain features and make things seem bigger or smaller than they really are. Just by changing the angle at which you hold the lens, certain objects might begin to appear larger or smaller than others! If anything seems out of place in your photo when compared to another object, use the angle view as an opportunity to rearrange proportions.
9. Know When You’re Done
Sometimes you might take a shot and it just isn’t the one that you’re looking for – be sure to know when you’ve taken enough photos! If you keep snapping away at your subject, but nothing seems like “the perfect picture”, stop and move on to another project. Just because you haven’t found “the perfect photo” yet doesn’t mean that there aren’t any out there – chances are, you will find it if you release all preconceived notions of what makes a good shot!