While you read through the following tips on taking good pictures, try to take good mental notes so you can apply them the next time you take pictures. Tips are broken down into different categories to make it easier for you.
Tips On Taking Good Pictures With a Digital Camera
If you are taking pictures outside, whenever possible, take your pictures with the sun behind you to avoid glare and have your subject(s) more evenly lit.
This is also why partially cloudy days can sometimes turn out better pictures. When taking pictures inside, use the zoom as little as possible. Instead, “zoom with your feet.”
Your pictures will be crisper and better framed this way because, as you get closer to your subject(s), you can take different angles that you can’t take while standing far away.
Tips On Taking Good Pictures With an iPhone
Since the iPhone and other smart phones are so light, people have a tendency to hold them with only one hand. This causes many pictures to come out slight fuzzy.
Try holding your iPhone with both hands and brace your arms with your body to keep the camera more steady. To aid in picture composition, turn on the “grid lines” feature.
Tips On Taking Good Pictures Of Children
Children generally aren’t as camera shy as adults so they make wonderful subjects. One of the best tricks to getting a perfect smile/laugh out of child is to surprise them with a funny face when they least expect it.
First, get your shot basically framed and then catch them off guard by sticking out your tongue and/or making your eyes go cross.
Another great technique is to not even let them know you have the camera with you so you can pop it out for a candid shot without them trying to pose for you.
Tips On Taking Good Pictures Of Your Pets
Cats, dogs, and other pets can be so charismatic in pictures if you can catch them at just the right moment. However, how often have you said:
“I wish I had gotten a picture of… but I didn’t have my camera.”
The key to taking good pictures of your pets is to have a camera ready at all times. If you have old cameras, put them in different rooms of the house so you’ll always be ready for that perfect pose and/or perfect expression.
If you only have one camera, get in the habitat of carrying it with you around the house. If you’re making dinner, take the camera into the kitchen. If you’re watching television, have the camera on the table beside you.
Tips On Taking Good Pictures For Dating Sites
The popular dating site, eHarmony, published some tips on taking good pictures that will generate more positive response.
Medium-sized pictures that reveal a good portion of the body get more responses than narrow-sized close-up face pictures.
The left side of the face was favored over the right side, as humans usually show more emotion with this side. For woman, smiling got a more favorable response from men.
For men, it seemed to work best to not smile, tilt the head up, and expand the chest to show pride.
Tips On Taking Good Pictures Of Nature
While many people move from place to place to take nature shots, it often works better to stake out a spot and let nature come to you!
For example, staking out a spot by a marsh can reveal dozens of bird and mammal species stopping by. You’d never see this if you just walked through.
If you stay a while, animals will acclimate to your presence and they’ll come closer. Taking nature shots from different angles works well too.
For example, the perspective of a tree taken from the ground looking straight up the trunk into the canopy is very different than the perspective at eye level.
Tips On Taking Good Pictures Of Sunsets
Everyone loves a good sunset picture but few people seem to know the number one secret to this shot. Most people start watching the sunset before the sun sinks below the horizon and then leave shortly afterward.
However, some of the most brilliant colors and striking patterns happen more than twenty minutes after the sun actually sets.
This is because the sun’s light rays are bent increasingly more as your location on the earth rotates further from the sun.
Be patient and watch the sky for about an hour after the sun actually sets and your sunset pictures will improve.
Picture taking is a very rewarding hobby, allowing you to capture a keepsake of the things you love the most. Now that you’ve read these tips on taking good pictures, go have some fun capturing treasured moments!
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