I wish I could be there to take pictures for you 24/7. Really. I love capturing allllll the things. But, alas, there is only one of me and I’m not always available. But, I still want you to have beautiful images. So, I’ve decided to lay out some simple tips and tricks to make your photography skills grow.
Luckily, we live in an age that allows us to carry a camera in our pocket! As the saying goes, “The best camera is the camera you have with you!” It doesn’t matter if you have an expensive DSLR camera, a point and shoot, or just a cell phone, you CAN take better pictures! I will be using my cell phone in all of these photo examples (and my lovely daughter will be providing all her own poses lol).
First, CLEAN YOUR LENS!
Seriously. You don’t know how many foggy, blurry pictures I’ve seen on Facebook that would have looked 1000x better if they had simply wiped off their lens first. This is especially important for cellphones, since they come in contact with your skin oils and pocket lint frequently. For example:
A soft, lint-free lens cloth is ideal, but sometimes just a quick swipe on your shirt for a cell phone lens is all that is needed.
Now, that your camera is ready, the real fun begins! There are 3 main things that you can do to improve your shots:
Find the right light, have a clean background, and get a good angle.
Good or bad lighting and can make or break any photograph. There is a common misconception that shooting in the full bright sunlight will produce the best images. While you will certainly get vibrant images in bright sunlight, you will also get harsh shadows and squinty eyes.
So, the easiest thing to do is pretty simple, find some shade! The ambient light will still be enough to create vibrant pictures without all the shadows and harsh light.
Can’t find any shade? Turn your subject’s back completely to the sun. Avoid having the sun fully or partially on your subjects face. You may have to adjust your settings to brighten up your subject’s face.
Now that you have found the light, you can focus on the background. Have you ever wondered why you are so drawn to those pictures with the creamy background blur? It’s because the lack of detail in the background draws all of the focus to the subject! So, if you don’t have the right kind of lens or editing program to blur your background, finding a plain background is the second best option. It can be a plain wall or just a big open space behind the subject. As long as it drawing focus to the subject, it will make your photos look better.
The last thing on our list is the angle. Getting the right angle can be flattering or just blah. If you are capturing children, you want to get down on their eye level and get closer to them. It’s crazy how this simple move can change things. If they are sitting, you should be sitting. If they are laying on the ground, you lay on the ground with them! With adults, you still want to remain on eye level or slightly above. I plan on doing another blog that goes further into detail about posing adults. See? While the first picture is cute, the closer picture on her level is much better!
Ok, now that you know the basics, go out and shoot! If you have any questions, drop them in the comments! Have something else you would like to learn? Let me know and I might blog about it!
On my next educational blog post, we will talk about EDITING! (Using FREE apps!)
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Lots of love and happy shooting!