Surprisingly, taking a good picture isn’t always as easy as it seems.
Whether you’re using your smartphone camera or $2,000 camera, the basis for taking a good picture doesn’t change.
Some people have a better knack for taking pictures. They more than likely continue to get lucky because they aren’t necessarily sure what they’re looking for.
They just know that it looks good when they snap the picture.
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get a good picture. It doesn’t take a special skill to take a good picture that everyone can enjoy.
Does it take some practice to get it right a majority of the time? Of course it does.
Even the professional photographers don’t get the picture they want every time they take one.
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In this post we will cover the following:
How to Take Good Pictures?
As mentioned a little earlier, there are some steps that you can follow to make sure that you get a good picture every single time.
Not all of the concepts are going to be easy to understand at first and it’s going to sound a lot easier than it actually is.
Photography isn’t an easy thing. The people that are good at it have just had enough practice taking pictures that they know what to look for without hesitation.
Could you get away with taking good pictures without knowing some of the basics of photography? Of course.
However, if you know what to look for then you’re more than likely going to get a better picture that you’re going to want to share with everyone.
Composition is simply how you want your picture to be set up.
For example, if you’re taking a picture of your friend in front of their car, you’re probably going to want to get the whole car in the picture.
If you cut off some of the car then the composition is going to be off and the picture is going to look a bit off.
You’re also going to want to make sure you have level horizons. This just means that you want a straight picture. Yes, sometimes having a tilted picture can look good, but for the basics, keeping everything level is going to be best.
Eliminating as many distractions as you can from the picture is going to be key to taking good pictures.
Going back to the example with your friend and the car. You don’t want to have a bird carrying a rat in the background because the eye is going to be taken away from the main focal point of the picture.
When you take a picture, you want the onlookers to be focused on what they’re supposed to be focused on.
You also want to make sure that the focus of the picture is very clear.
This all falls under composition.If you want to learn a little more about composition and learn some tips about how to improve it, check out this video.
Lighting is something that can be very tricky. It’s not an easy thing to understand. Lighting is one of those things that can really make or break the picture.
If you don’t believe me here is a video on lighting that will break it down for you.
There are going to be so many pictures that would be amazing if they had the right lighting.
A lot of that comes down to not understanding lighting in photography.
This is why you need to learn how to use natural light. Most pictures are going to look better when you have as much natural light as possible.
However, there is such a thing called flash. Flash is something that a ton of amateur photographers are going to struggle with.
There are times when you know you need to use it and there are times when you know that you don’t need it.
It’s not going to be horrible to use flash outside sometimes. Depending on where your subject is located relative to the sun, you may have to use flash.
For example, if the sun is almost directly behind the subject, it’s going to cast a shadow if you don’t use flash. Using flash will hopefully eliminate that shadow so you can actually see the subject much better.
A sunny day could make you wonder why you need flash until you see a picture that probably could’ve used it.
Don’t be too quick to want to use flash but don’t be scared to use it if the picture isn’t turning out the way you want it.
There is actually an ideal time to take pictures because of the natural light that will be outside. This time is called golden hour.
Golden hour is time shortly after sunrise or before sunset where the daylight is redder and softer than where the sun is in the middle of the day. This will make for much better lighting and can dramatically improve any picture you take.
Every camera is going to have a setting where you can get gridlines to look at before taking a picture.
For somebody that’s just starting photography, this can be a massive help.
Remember earlier how it was mentioned that you need to try and make sure you have level horizons? The gridlines are going to help with that.
Having gridlines will really help you make sure that your picture is even and balanced from top to bottom.
When you look at the gridlines, they are typically broken up into nine parts. This is because in photography, there is a thing called the rule of thirds.
The theory of the rule of thirds is that if you place points of interest in the intersections of the grid, you’ll have more balance and the picture will look more natural.
This is a good rule to follow when you’re beginning photography and want to give yourself the best chance at a good picture.
Lock the Focus
Nothing is going to be more frustrating than having everything set up the way you want, then taking the picture, then seeing that the subject you wanted to be in focus wasn’t in focus.
You need to make sure that the focus is locked before you take you picture.
With the way technology is now, you should never have a problem taking a picture where the subject is in focus the way you want.
With most cameras and phones, if the subject doesn’t focus right away, you can tap on the screen to get the subject in focus. You can even tap the screen in other areas if you want to change the focal point.
Take Your Time
This is a point that cannot be emphasized enough. You need to take your time when you’re trying to get a good picture.
Too many times people rush a picture and then wonder why it doesn’t turn out very well in the end.
If you have the time to sit and take a picture of something, you more than likely aren’t in a rush to go anywhere anyway, so why rush the picture itself?
When you take your time, you’re more likely to get the picture right much sooner than if you’re rushing to take the picture.
Great pictures happen to those that are patient with their cameras.
The good thing about photography is that if you aren’t trying to shoot some sort of specific animal or a moving object, you’re more than likely going to get multiple chances to get the type of picture you want.
This means that you can mess up a few pictures but still end up getting the one you want.
Again, this still comes with taking your time with the actual picture.
If you’re actually rushing, then you’ll never get a decent picture and you’ll be stuck wondering why things aren’t turning our the way you want them to.
Basics Anyone Can Use
When you want to learn photography, there are a ton of different things that you can learn to become a somewhat decent photographer.
However, knowing the small things to be aware of like the points mentioned above will allow you to take good pictures as you’re still learning.
The points above will allow anybody to take a good picture. Some things you need to be aware of because they make a huge difference.
These points can take a possibly mediocre picture and turn it into a great photo.
It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have, whether it’s a digital camera or your phone. Follow those basic steps and you should be able to take a good picture.
If you are using your phone, you might want to be aware of some of the settings because that camera is going to be completely different than your regular camera.
Good photos aren’t too hard to achieve, but great pictures take practice. This is what you’re striving for.
If you want to see the video related to this article, here you go: