(One of the things I do to have fun and stay positive is make photographs. For readers who share my interest, I will occasionally write articles about photography. I hope you enjoy this one.)
Why do I love photography?
Because it’s a way that a person like me — who has zippo artistic talent and can’t draw a straight line with a ruler — can be artistic .
It’s also a great way to preserve moments that will never be repeated.
Using just a few simple techniques, you can produce photos that will wow your friends and family.
I’ll get you started with these 9 tips (everyone does lists of 10, so we’ll be different) that will make your photos sparkle . . .
1. Move In Close
Move in close (or zoom in close) so that your picture is filled with the subject. You don’t want to have to explain that the little dot in the center is Aunt Harriet.
2. Watch The Background
Make sure there are no trees growing out of your son’s head or that there’s no background clutter that distracts from your subject. A simple background is best. To accomplish this, move yourself or your subjects around if you have to.
3. Frame Your Pictures With Foreground Items
For example, a picture of a house will be much more interesting if you make the photo with a tree in the foreground, using the trunk and the overhanging branches of the tree to “frame” the house. This directs interest to the subject of your photo.
4. Don’t Put The Subject In The Center Of The Photo
Imagine that there is a tic-tac-toe grid in your viewfinder. Then, put your subject at one of the 4 points where lines intersect.
5. Don’t Always Shoot From The Standing position
Get down low to shoot things low to the ground — like small children — or to get a different viewpoint. Alternatively, get up high. Shooting from a high point can be stunning.
6. Don’t Always Shoot With Your Camera In The Horizontal Position
Turn your camera on its end and make pictures with a vertical format. In other words, make some of your pictures higher and narrower than the usual horizontal pictures. With a little practice, you’ll recognize which subjects scream out for this approach.
7. Be Aware Of The Lighting
When shooting outside, the lighting in the early morning and the late afternoon is much “warmer” and more flattering that the harsh midday lighting.
8. Use Your Flash Outdoors
When your subject is a back-lighted person — that is, when the sun is behind your subject — use your flash. The flash will fill in light on the face, which would otherwise be a shadow, and your portrait will come alive.
9. Once You’ve Mastered These Rules, Don’t Be Afraid To Break Them To Be Creative!
Pick unusual subjects, angles and lighting conditions. This is the real fun of photography for me.