Learning how to take good pictures doesn’t have to be complicated.
In fact, there are plenty of simple, straightforward photography tips that you can use to create much better photos, regardless of the subject.
In this quick guide, I offer up a few handy photography techniques that I use all the time to take improved images.
Let’s get to it!
Worry Less About Technical Stuff
When you look at a photo and think “WOW, that’s a great shot!” the chances are good that you feel that way not because of its technical prowess, but because it triggers a feeling or emotion.
That is, while it’s important to learn the fundamentals of exposure, lighting, composition, and so forth, it’s just as important to learn how to create photos that connect with people.
In fact, if you put a technically perfect, yet unemotive or cold photo next to one that’s got a composition error or that’s not exposed just right, yet connects with the viewer on an emotional level, guess which one will be deemed the better shot?
You guessed it…the photo that’s not quite technically perfect.
In the image above, for example, the background is cluttered and busy, which is something that you typically want to avoid. But because it captures a sweet moment of a little boy lost in his own world, it’s a great shot.
In the image above, the focus is off – the dog’s snout is in focus while his eyes are not. Again, that breaks a fundamental rule of portraiture, but the image still works because there’s so much emotion in the image.
With that in mind, spend time learning the fundamentals of taking a good photo, but also focus on the artistic side of photography – how to create something with visual impact and feeling that will reach out and grab viewers. One of the most powerful photography tips out there is to express yourself in your images!