5 photography tips to improve your photographs
The photos we capture show us the world’s limitless potential. The hours spent on planning (to get that perfect shot we’ve been waiting for and the long conversations we’ve had over our photos with friends and family) seeing these photographs in print brings us back to those moments where we once stood with joy and restfulness. We’ve gathered some tips to help bring you a new perspective for your photography.
Pre-Visualize your shot
Pre-visualizing is a form of art that we believe is not taught enough these days. It is the foundation for a photographer to establish lighting, background, foreground elements, composition, and most importantly emotions. It is important to develop these skills, in order to enhance your photography.
When it comes to photography you want to remove the distracting elements that draw your eyes away from your subject such as the sun coming through trees, bright colours, or strong geometric shapes. You can use foreground elements to help frame your subject, which will allow your eyes to focus on your object. Also, you want to look around for shapes and perspectives that creates more interest and leads your viewer around the scene. In order to convey a clear message to your viewers, it is ideal to use all three elements to allow your portraiture to show what mood he/she is feeling or if you’re shooting a landscape, how the sun, mountains and trees interact with each other. Taking time to compose your image beforehand can allow you to get more creative with your photography ideas.
Take advantage of the lighting
Have you ever taken a photo of a portrait in the middle of the day and found the model’s skin to be over-exposed or see heavy shadows under their eyes and nose? Or perhaps you’ve taken photos of landscapes and found harsh highlights and shadows. If so, you’ve experienced the difficulties of shooting in bad lighting.
It’s not always possible to plan your day and know what lighting you’re shooting in, but it is ideal to shoot early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid washed out images or harsh shadows. The most desirable times for a photo shoot are “golden hour” and “blue hour.” The “golden hour” is the hour after sunrise and before sunset – this is an ideal time to shoot because the light is soft and warm and illuminates your subject beautifully. The “blue hour” occurs just before sunrise and after sunset – when shooting at this time, your images will have more cooler tones such as blue and purple. Either way, these are excellent times to take photos outdoors because the lighting is much more forgiving than what you would find during the middle of the day.
Always have your camera ready
You can’t take photos if you don’t have your camera with you - so this tip is really simple, keep your camera with you at all times and be ready to take a picture.
These days, camera accessories are quite affordable and most cameras will come with a neck strap. There are other options like a wrist or shoulder straps and more. Keeping your camera handy and ready to shoot at any moment will get you more practice, photos, and a better understanding on how lighting can affect your photographs. You’ll never know when a photo opportunity will present itself, so be ready!
Be genuine with your work.
A great way to improve your photography skills is to being sincere with your work. This of course goes beyond looking at your photos and thinking, “Man, my photos are great” or “My photos suck.” Instead, really dive deep into your photos, especially the ones you like. Consider what it is about the image that makes it easy or pleasing to the eye. Also consider what you’d want to change in the photo if you were to retake it.
It is always good to have other people give you feedback on your work. That can be a bit of an intimidating task to put your photos out there for critique, but having an extra set of eyes on your photos will help you understand what adjustments need to be made– it may be a little overwhelming at first and difficult to comprehend the feedback; however, this will help improve your photography.
Don’t forget what matters the most.
Whether you started taking photos as a hobby or just for fun, always remember what matters the most to you. At Bonmatch we find importance through the photos that bring joy to this world – what matters the most to you?