You won't be a good photographer in one day! But that is normal. No one born to know everything about photography, but by following the tips below, you can quickly and effectively avoid the most common mistakes. You only need some time and some experience. You will also see how much you can develop if some of the basic rules are met.
1. Don't rush!
Digital photography lets you take a lot of pictures in a short period of time. But this can result in a poorly framed image. To avoid this, try to make a concept in your head. Pay attention to the light conditions, and make sure you capture more than necessary. For example, in post production it's easier to get rid some of the background than add some.
2. Rotate your camera - maybe landscape is not the best option!
If you're not using a phone, you may be forgetting that the machine can be rotated. Try to do some standing images! When you want to snap a couple, try to show the whole body, from head to toe. Just take a few steps backwards to make the perfect setting!
3. When to use the flashlight?
There are times when you don't even think about using the flashlight. A good example is when there's enough sunlight: it does not always come from the side we want.
It is important and useful to avoid hard shadows. If you're under a tree in broad daylight you need to use the flash, otherwise the shadows will cover the face.
You have to experience this, and more importantly: experiment. It definitely needs some exercise though!
4. Let the sun shine ...
Additionally, it is important to not set your 'models' directly against the sun (squinting is never a good look). You should look for a place where natural sunlight can be reflected. For example, a bright building can be perfect for this. The white surface reflects the rays of light and functions as a natural brightener. So you do not need to use the flash.
5. Against the sun ...
You can also take pictures in a daylight (backlight), but then the picture will be dark and the figures will be black. Or vice versa, the figures are clear and there is almost nothing in the background, it's so overexposed. If this is not your goal, you should use the flash.
If the flashlight is too strong, try reducing it in the following way: in extreme cases, you can attach a white cloth or paper towel in front of the flash. By this method, you can soften the shadows and get a pleasant look.
Using sunlight depends on what kind of style you want. You have to adapt to it accordingly. The time of day also strongly determines the light effects. In the middle of the afternoon, the sun sets sharp shadows.
6. Natural light is our friend
There are situations when the flashlight is not needed at all, even if we think it does. You don't have to use it when you have enough natural light.
In some cases, the flash makes the image flat and lousy. This problem can be remedied easily, just a touch of a button and you'll see how much difference there is with a flashlight and without it. Natural light gives a much nicer and more pleasant effect to the picture.
7. Pay attention to details.
You should also pay attention to details when making photos. As the saying goes, "The devil is in the details."
You can capture a door hatch, a piece of clothing or smiling lips if you are tied to an important event. These can be fun memories years later when you look at your pictures. Fortunately, people are becoming more receptive to this, there is an increasing demand for such photographs and frankly... they are very atmospheric.
8. Always have a spare battery
If you're on vacation the biggest mistake you can make is that you don't take an extra battery with you. There's nothing more annoying than a missed picture of an amazing moment just because your camera stopped working.
The extra memory card can be an important addition to your suitcase as well. At least you don't have to worry about getting rid of the less well-done photos so you can shoot a few more pics.
9. Do not post all the pictures you made on one day!
You certainly have friends who immediately put all their images on social media, without considering that it may not be too aesthetic (to put it mildly). Many people make the mistake of posting every single image on Facebook, it's amazing sometimes what you see there. This gives you the impression that they do not even care to pick the best pictures.
Take the time to get the best ones and post only those.
10. Always try new things.
Existing and tried methods are the easiest to follow, but do not get stuck! Try out new things! The new challenge may be inspirational and you will make better photos than ever.
+1. Use and display your photos!
Thanks to social media it's easier than ever to share your pictures with the world - and most of the pics 'get lost' very easily due to the sheer amount of them -, but don't forget, these pictures are memories! Print them and put them on your wall or in a small album so they can make you and your friends and family smile and remember.