How To Take Better Photos | 8 Easy Tips

When you first buy your camera it can be an exciting and nervous time. Exciting due to being able to capture the images that you have envisioned, but nervous in the sense that it is the beginning of a long journey of constantly improving and getting to know your camera.

These following 8 tips will help lessen the learning curve for those new to the hobby of photography in order to be taking the best photos sooner rather than later.
  1. Know Your Camera.

This is important as you can become well adjusted to certain situations.

Get to know the shutter speeds, when there is any lag to when you press to take a photo and the time the photo is actually taken differs.

The distance and limits of your flash, or at least how strong your flash is.

Understand the zoom capabilities of your camera, all cameras are limited by the equipment of the camera or lens attached at a current moment, but this is more so for digital compact cameras. As the zoom is fixed on certain lenses or compact cameras and cannot be changed it’s good to understand the limits of the zoom of the camera.
  1. Centre Of Attention is Not Always Good

An old trick to give a photo a bit more character is to move the subject to the side of the photo, instead of having it in  the centre of attention.

This concept  works particularly well for landscape photos. This allows the viewer to get a bit more of an understanding of the scenery, and feeling of  the environment at the time if the picture is taken well.  Good photos transport you to another place, or at least you want to be transported to the place of where the photo was taken yourself.
  1. Flash

Know when it’s best to use a flash.

For this you will need practice, but a general rule is that in normal lightning if the subject is too dark, you will need to use a flash. However in dim lightning if the subject is too washed out from the flash, this can happen more so with persons than landscapes and buildings, you may want to move slightly back to allow the strength of the flash to dissipate over a larger distance.
  1. Lower The Shutter Speed

This depends on the photo that you’re taking.

If you are taking a photo of a fast moving object, you will want to do the opposite and increase your shutter speed. However if you are taking a photo of a stationary object and have time, it’s best to lower the speed the of your shutter. By doing so it allows more light into the camera, and takes a more detailed picture. Though lowering your shutter speed does increase camera shake, so it’s best to use a tripod when available.
  1. Don’t Be Afraid To Go Vertical

In some circumstances you will not be able to capture the subject correctly by using the camera in the traditional horizontal position, in this case flipping the camera around and going vertical will be your best bet. This applies more to taller objects, like the Washington Monument or a Lighthouse.
  1. Become Adventurous and Learn From Mistakes

Part of the fun of taking photos is being adventurous and taking photos from unique angles which allow you to show your character.

By using different angles you may be able to create a different feel or context to a seemingly simply subject. In extension to this try and learn from the mistakes that you make. Work out why a certain angle didn’t work, and what you could have done to fix the problem if you are not happy with the final outcome. But ultimately don’t be afraid to think outside the box and do things your way.
  1. No Need to Go Full Manual

This may seem counter intuitive as you want to be able to have as much control over the camera, but cameras have advanced significantly over the last 20 – 30 years. It is best to place your camera on a setting that achieves a happy medium from full automatic and manual, so use the automatic, programmed or P setting until you’re ready to advance.
  1. Exposure

If you’re finding that the lighting isn’t quite right and you have adjusted your shutter speed accordingly, than the problem if a picture is too light or too dark may be your exposure setting. Fiddling around with your exposure will hopefully solve this problem.

If a picture is too light, lower the exposure. If the picture is too dark, increase the exposure.

8 Simple Tips To Taking Better Photographs