The secret to amazing photos is simple.
“Discover what you love, and focus on photographing that.”
Keep photography simple and photograph the things you love.
The art of photography gets complicated with ever-changing technology, gadgets and techniques. It can become frustrating and overwhelming to keep up with the latest gear and trends.
If you are a landscape photographer, you know it can be hard to get up before sunrise to capture that early morning event. There are many times the sunrise is less than spectacular and you don’t get the images you hoped for. But if you enjoy nature and being outdoors, the time wasn’t wasted.
We have found the best photography technique to learn is this: find the things you love and capture memories of the things you enjoy.
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TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING THE THINGS YOU LOVE
Do you have people in your life that you love like a spouse, family members and friends? You probably never get tired of taking their pictures or having your picture taken with them.
You are photographing moments that tell a story. When you take photos of people, they are usually spontaneous events and your goal is not to create a work of art.
Tips to try when taking pictures of people:
• Simplify everything: The focus should be the person and everything else like backgrounds, clothing, props and lights should complement the subject, or completely disappear to the viewer’s eye.
• Shoot from eye level or higher: This is the most flattering set-up when taking pictures of people. Ask the person to kneel down and look up while you remain standing. This angle eliminates the ‘multiple chins’ syndrome you see in many photos.
• Create interest: Taking pictures of someone straight on is both unflattering and uninteresting. Asking them to twist at the waist, shoulders, or neck and not face their body square-on.
(Copyright, Photo by Hoyt Mann)
Photographing pets is along the same lines as photographing the people you love. You don’t get bored taking photos of them.
Tips to try when taking pictures of your pet:
• Capture their personality: Ask yourself ‘what sets it apart from other animals?’ Think about what type of personality it has and then attempt to capture some of that in your photos.
• Get close: Most pets are smaller than a human and as a result they tend to end up getting a little lost in photos unless you make an effort to get up close to them.
• Get on their level: When you get down on your pet’s level, you enter their world and get a glimpse of what life looks like from their angle. The results are photos with an element of intimacy.
For those who travel, taking photos while on vacation is a wonderful way to capture those memories.
There is a reason you are visiting the location, and your focus will be taking pictures of what drew you there like the landscape, architecture, people, food or adventure.
You don’t need to go away from the area you live to capture any of the things you enjoy on vacation. There is landscape, architecture, people, food and adventure near your home as well.
Take advantage of capturing what you love, where you are TODAY!
Tips to try when taking pictures as you travel:
• Tell a story: Use your photos to tell the story of the location you visit. The scene with the bison on the road is something you see often at Yellowstone.
• Photograph at an angle: Walk around to find interesting and unique views or angles of the subject.
• Don’t use a flash for food: Camera-mounted flashes are a no-no when taking pictures of your food. Adding light from the front will flatten your dish. Experiment with angles when photographing food as well.
PHOTOGRAPHY REQUIRES PASSION
“When you enjoy seeing the thing you are photographing, it’s a fun activity and the passion will show in your photos.”
Dave loves to photograph wild horses. He will drive hours in the snow to photograph these animals. This may not sound exciting to many of you, but for him, it’s worth the effort.
He also enjoys photographing rivers and waterfalls. After a while, he felt constrained by staying on the bank and wanted to capture the full effect of the flowing water. He purchased waders so he could get IN the river to get the photo he saw in his head.
Tips to Improve Your Photography
In order to find out what type of photography you truly love, you must capture images of many things: people, landscape, architecture, food, dogs, cats, birds, rivers, waterfalls….
Set a goal to find those things you LOVE to PHOTOGRAPH!
The best way to learn photography and improve your skills – shoot, shoot and shoot some more!
You can read and watch tutorials, but until you put the information you have accumulated into motion, you aren’t going to learn a thing!
- Photography Composition Ideas Video Series
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- Online Beginner Photography Courses
- 52 Week Photography Challenge List
- Digital Photography School Courses & EBooks
Photography should be FUN! If you are photographing the things you LOVE, it will be!