These days everyone has a cell phone and an account on social media which requires photographing. Actually, even when buying a new smartphone, the camera is the first thing people will want to know about. Mostly it is because they want to take selfies – self-portraits – or want to use the camera to record everyday-life events. However, the ability to photograph is not something everyone has, but it easy to learn. These are a few tips and know-hows which everyone should know.
When taking a picture you need to know exactly what you are aiming for and what kind of thoughts and feelings you want to want to convey to the viewer. With that in mind, start with the most important thing: clean your lenses. Then, after that, you can start preparing what you will be photographing, whether it is a person or an object, prepare it in the best way you can. As for food, you can make it with the best and fresh ingredients you can find, therefore it will look appetizing and beautiful. There are also some tips you can use to photograph foods, such as swab a thin layer of oil to make it glisten under the lighting, an expert in food photography is Adrian of Adrian Harrison Photography. Furthermore, keep in mind to always create a harmonious composition, using colours that blend well with the food’s own and textures. Remember, to be careful to not create a visual disturbance.
Always use the light in your favour, that is your biggest and most powerful ally when it comes to high-quality photographs. However, it can also be your worst nightmare, because when there is an excess of lighting, your photo may suffer overexposure, therefore causing a loss of important details. The same problem can happen when there is a lack of light or too much light coming from one direction, which can cause dark spots in the picture or can darken the entire picture. However, portraits against the light are actually quite common when photographing nature. Therefore, if you want to take a photograph of a person or animal contrasting with the scenery behind, feel free to use as many against the light as you want.
If you wish to take a photograph, but you lack illumination, you can use your camera’s flash, which will help you create your own lighting. At the same time, it is responsible for creating a new source of lighting for the object in question, the flash can also create problems when used the wrong way, because, as it will create more light, it will also create more shadows. Moreover, if the photographer is not experienced with how the light works, the photograph may end up being too dark or worse, the object may appear too different of what it really is as shadows can distort a shape. To solve this problem, it is advised to place the flash in a way it will not hit the object directly, that way the flash will not illuminate the object itself but the whole ambience.
These are simple tips that can help anyone take photographs, keep these in mind as you take your everyday pictures. Whether you have a smartphone or a camera, you will be able to take beautiful high-quality photos if you keep on practising. Furthermore, always remember it is common to make mistakes, because it is also a way of learning. Therefore, do not be afraid to try it, as photographing is an art which also requires practice and study. One person that has turned this into his full time career is Matt from Matt Heath Photography who specialises in weddings and is considered one of the top wedding photographers in Chelmsford.