Making stunning pictures involves nothing more but a bit of thought. While it often helps having decent equipment, all you really need is to take a moment before each shot to think clearly about what are you attempting to capture or create!
Step 1 – Be Selective!
Find exactly what you want in that photo, and remove anything else from the shot. If you’re trying to take a picture of a flower, you don’t want a bunch of other flowers or trees in the shot. Get as close and focused on the subject as possible to get the best possible photo. According to famous photographer Arnold John Kaplan, (check his article for additional photography tips here: http://photoinf.com/General/Arnold_Kaplan/The_Magic_Of_Selective_Vision_-_Photo_Composition.htm) a photo composition is the foundation upon which we build our photo images, and produce a harmonious and pleasing photographs. So, be selective!
Step 2 – Look at the light!
By this I don’t mean look into the sun – no, that won’t help at all! But it is good to see what kind of light you are working with. Ask yourself – which way are the shadows falling? How is the light affecting your subject? Is the light blazing directly and brightly upon your whole subject? Also, a blogger and a photographer James Kerr in his blog ‘Sweet as photography’ (if you are interested you can read his article here: http://www.sweetasphotography.com/blog/the-importance-of-lighting-in-photography/) argues that light is everything in photography! For instance, side lightening can add drama and cause extreme to your work, while indirect lightening, on the other hand, can be used to make your subject glow soft and pretty!
Step 3 – Keep it simple!
Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away! The more photos you take, the more you’ll know about what kind of camera to get when it’s time to upgrade. Just don’t bother with an expensive camera! It is certainly not necessary while you are learning. If you are seriously want to take up photography then I will recommend you learn on film first before using digital, or maybe buy both at one. Many people are selling their photo cameras at affordable prices, so you, a beginner, can really find one and start your journey! For instance, check such internet websites as www.ebay.co.uk, or http://www.cameraexchangestore.co.uk/ for price ideas! Also, don’t forget to try before you buy!
Step 4 – Experiment with time!
One of the most basic, and overlooked aspects of photography is that you have the power to slow time down or catch a split second! One image happens so slowly that we could never see it and the other happens so quickly in real time that we would never notice it. Play with shutter speed! Use a slow shutter speed and a tripod to make a pretty picture of any creek or stream. On the other hand, you can use a fast shutter speed (1/500 and up) to capture an object in motion. Remember, catching the moment in fast-paced action photography may take a little more practice so hang in there!
Step 5 – Enjoy!
Photography is so much more than taking a picture. It is an art and a science combined when done correctly. It affords the hobbyist a chance to make a profession, and to preserve memories for people. With a little guidance one can go from simple daytime picture taker to master photographer!