Your photographic reputation can take a major hit due to poor photography. There are some tips listed in this short post to help you start bettering your photography techniques.
Your image can be considerably better if you get in close proximity to your subject. Getting close allows you to avoid distracting backgrounds, and nicely frame your subject. If you are shooting a person, getting closer also allows to capture their facial expressions with greater clarity. The intricacy of portraiture can be lost entirely if you keep your distance from the subject.
Pick what you want in the picture. An excellent photo will function like a little window, showing a moment in time for your subject. Don’t focus on too many different things. If you are trying to capture an impression, take a couple of photographs instead of just one singe picture that has no detail or focus.
Try different shutter speeds on the same scene to see which one gives the best results. You can get some awesome photos at the drop of a hat and this will allow you to blur some time periods together. In general, fast shutter speed work best for action shots, whereas slow shutter speeds are ideal for shooting still-lifes, landscapes and other static images.
Avoid taking pictures under an overcast, cloudy sky if possible. Too much gray sky showing in a photo makes it appear washed-out and muted. If you still want to take pictures of an overcast sky, try a black and white feature. If the day is not overcast, you can show as much of the sky as you want to, but make sure you are attentive to the lighting.
Having sufficient light is important for taking quality photos, but if you are taking photos in bright or direct sunlight, you may end up with bad shots because of too much light. It causes odd shadows and glare, and direct sunlight in the eyes of the photographer or the person being filmed is never good. If possible, choose the early morning hours or late afternoon light when taking pictures outside.
Taking great pictures is a skill that takes time and patience, but is an art that can be developed. Keep learning, get critiques, apply your own critical eye, and you can’t help but improve. Try to use these tips to improve your photography.