To take a good picture you need to look at certain basic tricks, it’s just about focusing and clicking it properly. You can get a nice picture just like the professional photographer’s klick, without spending too much money on a new camera and lenses.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a high-end DSLR photographer if you take certain facts into consideration then you can take a very nice picture.
10 years ago we don’t have digital cameras we used to have those expensive films, and taking pictures by those cameras at that time was really very hard. Where you don’t know how a photo will result unless you have your film developed. All lights and shadows are to be seen while clicking the pictures and nothing can be done later on.
With the advent of Digital cameras photography has become very easy, where you can view the image you have clicked immediately and can klick hundreds of images just for your practice and at no extra cost.
So here are 10 tips we are sharing with you, which will result in getting a perfect photo.
1. Holding the camera properly
The first rule is holding the camera properly and not to let it shake while clicking pictures else you will end up in getting a blurred image. You can minimize this by making a firm grip at the camera by the right hand and focusing it with your left hand. Bring the camera closer to your body and minimize the body movement.
You can use the wrist strap as an extra shield against dropping the camera. There is a VR (Vibration Reduction) mode in Nikon’s camera for an extra sharp image.
A tripod can help you in capturing sharp photographs, especially for non-moving subjects where you blur out the moving objects, it helps in creating a very dynamic photo.
2. Focus and Lock your subject
Choose your subject and the background and focus it on the center of your frame. Press the shutter button halfway, by doing this you are locking the image, and when you are ready to shoot press the shutter button all the way.
Don’t let your shutter button go once you have locked the frame. It will create a more interesting composition preserving focus on your subject.
3. Little Bit of Dirt is good
If you are taking most of your pictures while standing then try to get down on your knees or laying on the ground to get a perfect spot to klick.
It will yield a great result, especially when you are clicking children to try to go down to there height level or you can use the camera’s Vari-Angle LCD. Going down to a new level will help you see and correct the poor lightning or any shadows. Your image will definitely be more pleasing with everything balanced.
4. Look for a perfect light spot
Light is an important factor in photography where direct sunlight can result in ugly shadows and can blacken the subjects’ face and other objects. You have to see a perfect light spot or the best time to take photographs.
Usually the two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset are the most photogenic time when the light is soft and perfect for photography. You can also choose the scenic mode in the camera which will tell the camera about the shooting environment like low light, direct sunlight, portrait and landscape, and make the camera adjust its setting for these conditions.
5. Master the Flash
Digital camera in auto mode always has flashed at low light. But mastering the flash usage is the best and for that, you need to keep on experimenting with the use of flash on and off.
In dark scenes, the camera will activate the flash but this may make your subject look too intense. During direct sunlight, the subject face may have the shadow so you need to use “forced flash” mode in this case. Hence the use of flash in outdoor photography will improve things as more light is always a good thing in photography.
6. Distracting Background
The background is surely an important thing to look for clutter, reflection, objects coming out of subjects head will make a great photo look dull. So before pressing the shutter scan not only the subject but everything else that is in the background. Reposition your frame if needed, it is something that will define the whole photo.
Just look at the frame you are about to capture and look things you can view other than the focused subject.
7. Get closer don’t zoom
Nowadays DSLRs have a digital zoom feature to klick far away objects look closer. But using the camera zoom will always be pixelated. If you can, just move a little bit closer to the subject instead of zooming in digitally.
Take a step closer to hone on the details that make your subject special.
8. Capturing a moving object
All the above tips are good when the subject is stationary, but not when you are capturing a moving object. The easiest way is to autofocus on a point where the object motion will end up, and click on the shutter once the object reaches the spot. It requires practice and with luck, you will get the shot.
You can also set the camera to Shutter priority (S) mode, and choose the slow shutter speed while holding down the shutter release follow the camera to your moving object direction. You can vary the shutter speed and try which one fits best.
9. Choose the RAW Image
While taking a photo don’t use the JPEG format rather than use the RAW format, so that you can add a lot more flexibility to the picture. A RAW format image can be easily be edited later on.
10. Travel to find nice spots
If you want to take good pictures then don’t sit back, whereas travel to the places nearby like national parks, lakes to find good spots for your photos.
A still lake is the best place for sunrise and sunset mirrored image photos. An old building, painted fence, tree are great spots. Just use your imaginations and you will find great spots around you.
And last, always have your camera handy and all the time-ready to capture the beautiful moments of life.