Guides to Fine Arts Like Painting, Designing, Architecture, Sculpture, Photography and More

By Rose Iadsai


Capturing life's special moments in a meaningful way is possible by those who go out of their way to learn the nuances of photography. Though anyone can purchase a camera, not every person who holds one will master it to the extent possible with just a few helpful hints. Follow these tips to achieve your maximum potential behind the lens of your camera.

Put a polarizing filter on your lens. Using a polarizing filter will help to soften the photos. If you don't have a polarizing filter, hold up a pair of sunglasses in front of the lens. Put the glasses as close to the lens as possible so you don't end up getting the rim of the glasses in your picture.

Compose your photograph carefully. Sometimes you might have to actually move things around to get the proper contrast or light you want. If you are taking pictures of objects, turn them to get the proper angle. As you progress, you will learn how to make a scene look natural when you compose it.

Be selective about the elements that you include in your photo. Go ahead and remove anything from the picture that doesn't belong there or makes the frame seem unbalanced. Use panning shots that keep your subject in focus but blur the background if you can't remove all unwanted distractions from your shot.

Use Photoshop to whiten your subject's teeth. Upload your images to your software program, and manually brush brightness onto the teeth. It is going to give the subject a natural looking white smile. Simple changes like this are going to go a long way in making the subject look great.

Focus on a single subject in your photographs. Pictures will work best with a single, clear point of focus. Setting up a composition that involves multiple subjects can be difficult and can result in a disorganized, cluttered frame. Having a single subject also makes setting your zoom and other settings easier.

Blur can ruin an otherwise, great picture. There are a few ways you can fix blur. One way is to assure the camera is still. You can do this by using a tripod or bracing yourself so it is easier to keep the camera still. You can also use your camera's action mode. This will automatically adjust your camera's speed settings and help stop the blur.

Pay attention to natural lighting. When taking outside shots, try to pick a time of day when the sun is low in the sky: either early morning or late afternoon. When the sun is at its highest, it can cast unwanted shadows, and your subject could end up squinting due to the strong light. Use sunlight to its best effect by positioning yourself so that the subject is hit by the sun from the side. Also, the light tends to be 'warmer' in the early morning or late afternoon.

Now that you're enlightened by these simple photographic tips, grab your camera and get out there. That "magic moment" is just a click away, and your world won't stop spinning. So let your imagination run free, then capture the results for posterity. Only you can tell the photographic story that unfolds from your own unique point of view.




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