Not everyone has a DSLR, that doesn’t mean they are amateurs. Note down these Photography Skills to take beautiful pictures with the camera you own.
Composing is the basic aesthetic of photography. One has to follow certain rules to make the pic interesting and pleasing.
Rule of thirds
One of the basic composition rules is the Rule of Thirds. When you look through the lens at your subjects, imagine a grid and notice where these lines intersect. The rule of thirds suggests that these intersection points are the ideal places to position your subject.
Headroom is the amount of space above your subject’s head in a frame. Too much space isn’t good, so make sure that you are only leaving a small amount of airy space above your subject’s head.
Beware of cropping
When you compose your subject, especially humans in the camera; make sure that you never frame them at their major joints. I mean at the points where we can fold, bend and move e.g., Neck, elbows, ankles, wrists, hips etc. The reason is that if we compose at these points, they look crippled.
Discover the beauty of light
Light is the most essential factor of photography. Learn how to use the light; if possible steal it, exploit it, create it to click better pictures. One definition of photography says that it is a science of shadows. Discover the beauty of light and practice to use it.
Many of us would be having several doubts while purchasing a camera. So remember all these points while purchasing to avoid the trap of persuasive marketing.
Don’t fall for Digital zoom 800x
It is a feature of a camera that is actually not required. Digital zoom is the least thing you have to worry about while purchasing a camera. If a salesman claims that the camera has a great digital zoom, just forget it. The higher the digital zoom, the more noisy the picture would be.
Check out the optical zoom
The optical zoom is a feature of the lens of a camera which has to be checked while purchasing the camera. The higher the optical zoom, the closer you can get towards the subject without actually moving from your place of position.
Check your F-STOP
F-STOP is nothing but the feature of the lens in your camera that determines the quantity of light entering into the camera. The lower the F-STOP, the higher is the light sensitivity. A camera with a high light sensitivity is of great use in lowlight situations. Just ask the salesman about the F-STOP of a camera, or else you can check it on the lens itself. If you are purchasing online, it is given in the specifications.
Don’t fall for the megapixel euphoria
The digital image is constituted by pixels. The higher the pixels are; the higher is the quality of a pic. So 1 megapixel means one million pixels. Nevertheless, any picture, which is beyond 4 megapixel, is enough to get it printed, posted or published unless you are having a print of 10 ft. height and 10 ft. width.
Rather than just pointing and shooting, one has to follow all these minimal requirements while clicking a picture.
if you can’t afford a tripod; just find handheld your camera and use the stabilization feature of your camera. It will help to level out and cover up some of the slight camera movements and it adds that little bit of extra stability for you to get smooth-looking handheld footage.
Increase your points of contact
If you have a tree, a building, a friend or anything nearby that gives you steady support to lean on while shooting – avail that assistance. That makes a big difference and gives stability to the shot. Or else simply bringing in your elbows close to your body, resting at the top of your hips or on your waistline where it’s comfortable can make all the difference.
If you need to be as steady as possible, you can hold your breath for a short period of time to minimize any extra movement. If it is for longer times, do not hold your breath; try to breathe steadily and smoothly through out the shoot to avoid movements caused by breathing.
Use the strap
Put the strap over your head and keep it taut around the back of your neck. Extend the camera out as far as the strap will allow with proper handheld technique and you’ll be able to achieve a smooth result for panning or shooting moving subjects.
Practice good posture
The most important thing to remember is to adopt a wide stance by keeping your legs shoulder width apart, and bend your knees a little while filming as this provides great stability. You can practice other postures too as per your convenience.
So folks, happy clicking!