Three Tips to Improve Photography

Tip #1: Get out in the Sun

Photographers have the sun as their best tool and unrivalled source of lighting. Lighting quality is what separates professionals from amateurs. Professionals may provide additional lighting or bounce cards (shiny material that reflects sunlight) to enhance the shot. However, it is possible to improve the quality of your photos by learning how to use the sun.

A photograph taken in direct sunlight can make your subject appear darker and cause a significant loss of detail. Always shoot photos with the sun behind your subject – this will allow the sun to naturally brighten people and objects.

What if you are trying to capture a photo of the Taj Mahal in India or a friend scoring the winning goal? And the sun is directly facing you, shining beams of light into your camera? These situations are not ideal for moving subjects. You can reduce the sun’s impact by casting shadows on your lens depending on how the sun is positioned.

It’s like driving along the road with the sun shining in your eyes. To shield your eyes from the sun, use your hand. The same principle can be applied to your camera lens. You can shadow the lens with a notecard, business card or your hand. To block the sun’s rays, hold the camera in one hand.

Tip #2: Fill the Frame and Get Eye Level

It is a great way to take precious photos with children. This allows you to get down to their level and makes for a more interesting photograph. Take photos of the child behind you while they are playing. This not only shows the child doing what they do but also shows the child’s direction. It also gives a child’s view of the world.

Another key to great photos is getting close. Photographing your Cocker Spaniel from close up is a good idea. Instead, stand close to your dog and allow his face to fill 75% of the frame. It’s a great way to direct the viewer’s attention to the subject of the photo. If this is not possible, filling the frame with your dog is a simple way to reduce distractions.

Tip #3: Shoot Often, Delete Often

Although professional photographers can take thousands of photos in a single hour, the final result will be only a handful of hundred. A good photographer will take at least two to three photos per expression or action and then choose the best photo to capture the moment.

You can practice by taking many pictures even if nothing is happening. Begin photo sessions with your friends to get to know your camera better. You can adjust the ISO settings of your camera (the camera’s sensitivity for light) according to how well lit your subject is. It will improve your ability to use your camera when you are faced with critical situations.