Most people enjoy taking photographs at some point of time in their lives to capture the essence of the special moments that they spend with their friends and family. With the advent of the digital age and the introduction of devices like smart phones, digital cameras, iPad and other similar gadgets, it has become easy for anyone to take a photograph. However, only those individuals who understand the basic concepts of photography can capture unique images with a camera that stand out among the crowd. This unique trait also what distinguishes a professional from an amateur in this field.
Jack Elway, an American photographer says it is important for beginners who want to take photographs that are in a separate league need to first master certain basic photography tips. These are as follows:
- Tip#1: Being visually literate
This photography expert explains that most people just snap pictures with whatever technological device they have at their disposal, which has a camera. They rarely consider how the image they are trying to capture with their equipment will influence other people. Visual literacy implies the person behind the camera is seeing rather than looking. When a person get ready to take a picture with his/her device, it is vital for him/her to stop to think for a second what the image is trying to convey.
- Tip#2: Visual Impact and Appeal
Every photograph has a number of formal values that may differ. These include composition, rhythm, focus, texture, balance and proportion. Any of one of these essential elements can affect the visual impact of a picture that a person takes with his/her camera in addition to its appeal.
- Tip#3: Essence of Composition
It is vital for a photographer to determine what is the subject of the picture he/she is trying capture within the lens of his/her camera. For this, the individual need to decide what the best camera position he/she needs to take when taking the snap. Rather than always holding the device at his/her eye level, he/she should try a different point of view or angle. The person behind the camera also needs to ensure the subject matter he/she is trying capture and its surroundings are compatible.
- Tip# 4: Do not forget to check the angle
When taking a photograph it is important for person operating the camera to observe the subject matter or scene via the viewfinder. He/she needs to decide which part of the scene to leave in order to improve the composition of the photograph.
- Tip# 5: Remember the Rule of thirds
In photography, a knowledgeable camera operator applies the rule of thirds every time he/she takes a picture. He/she mentally divides the subject of the picture he/she is trying to take by two horizontal and vertical lines. He /she then visualize placing the subject matter at the points where the lines intersect each other. The reason for this is that off-centre composition is more appealing to the human eye and appears more natural to the person looking at the photograph.
Jack Elway clarifies that mastering the above tips will help any beginner take stunning photographs.