How to Take Awesome Shots Without an Expensive Camera
CHALLENGE A PHOTOGRAPHER
Have you ever thought of using the same camera as an experienced and “casual” photographer? You’ll be amazed by the results and how different they look when taken by professionals.
If you’re considering “good camera plus a professional equals good photos,” then no. Here’s where I will dispel the myth that anyone with a fancy camera is a great photographer.
It’s all about the photographer and not all about the gear. A skilled photographer sees things from a different perspective which is what we refer to as”the “photographer’s eye.” When you can see things in this way, your pictures are never identical.
HOLD YOUR HORSES
What’s remarkable to discover “the secrets” of taking excellent photographs? This isn’t hard to master… you will not require an expensive camera. All you require is a keen eye and the ability to plan your shot prior to taking the picture.
Let’s start by introducing something I call “snapshot” and “composed shot.” The majority of people casually take out their cameras and snap a picture of what they observe. Professional photographers do more than this. They think about and plan their image before they snap an image -“composed shot” “composed shot.”
You, dear reader, if you’re trying to get better pictures, then you must learn to plan your picture before you can go trigger content. It’s not rocket science. For the most basic level stage, you must learn to spot three essential things – colors, lines, and forms.
Since the beginning of the age, humans have all reached a consensus on one thing. Humans are drawn to colors, and we respond differently to different hues. I won’t go too in-depth into the study of colors here and could end up as an incredibly long and tedious Bible of colors.
I will offer some tips about how to utilize the colors that you prefer:
Avoid dull colors that overwhelm… such as grey skies with a gray city or water that is murky with grey skies.
Specific colors that clash can be stunning, like an orange sunset paired with the blue sea.
Include a small amount of red to the blue sea or the reverse. Imagine the sunflower against a gray sky or one red apple in the midst of a green apple… You can catch the drift.
The splash of color can be messy, but it can also often be fascinating. For instance, there are balloons of different colors suspended in the air.
What are the lines that appear in an image? Pay attention, and you’ll be able to see.
A tall or large tree in this photo makes vertical lines.
A horizontal line on a picture of a sunset on an ocean.
Roads may cut through the photo frame making diagonal lines.
Photographers experiment with these lines in a variety of clever ways.
Vertical lines can cut into the frame. Imagine a picture with a box filled with red apples on the left and a bag full of green peppers to the right.
Horizontal lines are easy to apply – take a check out the great sunset pictures from all over the globe… however, take note of where they have placed the horizon. It’s typically at the middle or 1/3 of the frame.
Diagonal lines are often the ones that guide your eyes. For example, roads can take you to an intriguing Ferris wheel.
Shapes have a lot in common with lines. Place them in the proper locations, and you’ll get amazing photos.
The use of rectangles and squares makes the image appear “stable” and “restful.” It is possible to imagine the photo of a sunset horizon as two large squares… with the sun being an arc within the top rectangle.
The circle effect is a significant draw in photos, huge ones—for instance, the sunset.
Triangles have the exact effect as Arrows have the same effect. “The look here” effect, I call it. They can be a bit tricky and enjoyable, but you could try putting a couple of cucumbers to show a banana or something…
PRACTICE AND PRACTICE
This concludes my quick guide. It might not be simple initially, but the more you work on these on your pictures more comfortable it will become. So, go out, enjoy yourself and capture some incredible pictures.