Some basic tips can help you get the most out of photography. You will certainly gain a few nuggets of wisdom and possibly something that will help prevent you from making a bad shot during an attempt to freeze a special moment in time.
Different locations and lighting situations call for varying shutter speeds to produce the best results. You can choose to leave the shutter open and capture the night sky as it swirls overhead, or set if for a fraction of a second to capture high speed action. In general, fast shutter speed work best for action shots, whereas slow shutter speeds are ideal for shooting still-lifes, landscapes and other static images.
Keep things as simple as possible when you are trying to capture a picture. Often the best pictures are the ones that you take naturally, without worrying about all the extras.
Experiment with new ways to use your camera, and take some original pictures. That’s the best way to develop your own style and allow others to see the world from your perspective. Try your best to not take stereotypical pictures; you want to be as unique as you can. Develop different angles for your photographs, and do not be afraid to explore your imaginative side.
Try to create an impression of depth in your landscape photos. Add scale into your photos by including an object or person in the picture foreground. Choosing an aperture that is small — no larger than f/8 on a consumer level digital camera or f/16 on an SLR using a full-frame sensor — will keep everything from the background to the foreground sharp.
Your arms should be close against your body when you are holding the camera, and make sure your hands are on the sides and bottom of the camera. By holding your camera in this way, you’ll lessen the chance of moving the camera during the shot; thereby keeping it framed and steady for the best shot. When you place your hands under the lens and camera body, you will reduce the risk of dropping your camera unintentionally.
Blur your background when taking portraits of live subjects. Having a sharply focused background can detract from your subject matter, making it difficult for any viewers of your photo to focus the way you intend them to. This is most easily accomplished by moving your subject further away from the backdrop.
Hopefully you have realized that becoming a better photographer is not as hard as it seems. After doing some research and putting what you learn into practice in the field, you will see great improvement. When you see the quality of your photos improve, you will know that your efforts are having a positive effect.