With the advent of entry-level digital cameras, most of which come without even a viewfinder, the world seems to have turned into a photography club as common people throw around like local news, technical phrases like megapixels, shooting modes, white balance and so on. However, as India’s best contemporary photographer claims “I can give you the camera, but not the vision,” which alludes to the fact that after the camera is bought and the instruction manual read, the technology ends and the art begins. Undoubtedly, art is something that takes birth inside the human mind and cannot be passed on from one person to another. However, a serious amateur would know that just going ‘click-click-click’ is not enough and would want to learn the techniques behind the art too. Well here are some tips for serious enthusiasts of photography to take fabulous pictures.
Tips For Clicking Better Photographs
Here are tips by which one should be able to click better pictures:
Direct The Subject, Make The Composition
Remember, when you are armed with a camera, you decide when to and how to click. You don’t have to click what is available to you, especially if you can compose your shot a little and get a better result. If you are clicking, for instance, the golden moment just before the sunset, there isn’t much you can do in terms of composing the shot because such things are out of human control. However, if you are shooting a picture of sun’s rays shining into a dark room through the gaps in the backrest of a wooden chair, and you find that, if you position the chair at a different angle, the picture could be better, you must make the composing. You must remember that composition is not only in the frame but also of the subject itself. It only goes to prove that you have better control of your pictures.
Bend Your Back
Most of us try to click pictures of things that are not at our eye-level from our own height; at best, we might use zoom. Pictures of flowers, children, pets, and even small animals like colourful insects and frogs should be taken from a closer range by kneeling or sitting on the ground. That way details come out better and depth is not compromised on.
Three’s The Way To Go
Amateurs are often seen to place their subject right in the middle of the frame, which makes pictures static and lifeless. The best way to compose is to imagine that the whole frame is divided into nine parts with two lines running vertically and two horizontally. The points thus obtained will be the guiding ones and you could place the subject on any of the points. This gives direction and life to the pictures being taken.
When your subject is in motion, you must leave space towards the direction in which it is moving. For instance, if you are taking a picture of a train that is moving from your left to the right, leave a lot of space to your right so that the illusion is created of movement as well as the direction becomes clear. This is an extension of the rule of thirds.
Flash It Far
Every flash in a compact camera has a well defined range as to how far it can travel. Pictures taken beyond the maximum flash range will appear to be darker. Most compact cameras come with a range of ten feet or so for the flash. Be sure to check the range of your flash in case you plan to use it.