To be good at taking photographs, you have to get proper training and have some natural talent. That doesn’t mean that you can’t take pictures if you weren’t born for it, but it does mean that you’ll need to study some techniques and find a photography style that fits you.
Be mindful of which and how many objects appear in your photos. Great pictures are like tiny windows highlighting specific things about your subject. Don’t try to cram too much into a single photo. To create a general impression of an object, shoot a series of photos, instead of a single detail oriented photo.
A digital SLR camera will help you to advance your photography skills. The acronym DSLR stands for digital single lens reflex. This type of camera is the best choice because it allows you to see your image immediately after you have taken the picture. Preferably, you want a full-frame DSLR, which will provide the biggest image sensor and the most detailed photos.
Keeping your batteries charged will help you never miss the shot of a lifetime. You should always load your digital camera with fully-charged batteries, because it can be a real energy hog, especially when you use the LCD screen. Have an extra set of batteries on hand so as to always keep shooting.
A lot of cameras that are digital contain built in flashes that automatically turn on when the lighting is dim. These are great for a quick snapshot, but if you want to take your photos to the next level, consider a professional external flash unit to provide a better range of lighting options. Make sure that your camera contains a “hot shoe” that accommodates an external flash. Make a trip to a camera store to make sure you get the right flash for your camera.
Try to put your models at ease as much as you can, particularly if you are not acquainted with them. Many people feel self-conscious or uncomfortable being put in front of a camera. You can ease their reluctance by engaging them in a friendly conversation and asking permission to photograph them. Make sure that they see that you’re practicing art, not invading their privacy.
If taking photos with fluorescent lighting as the only available light source, adjust the cameras white balance to the proper settings. You will notice that fluorescent light highlights the blue and green light spectrum and will require post processing in order to balance your tones.
Experiment with different perspectives, scale and photographic expression. A simple object may appear more artistic if it’s in a setting which makes it appear a different size than it is or in a funny or original situation. Get creative with the composition of your photographs to come up with some inventive representations of commonplace objects.
You can be a great photographer and even have a career based off of it. Taking a picture is not just pointing at a subject and clicking a button. It is about capturing the art already present in the world around you and forever immortalizing it.