Second photography post: How to actually take the best picture; tips and resources.
There are three important things to consider when looking to take any kind of photograph. There is the camera that you decide to use, the angle, and the subject.
The camera can’t really just be your iPhone. I have to say, however, that the new 6s has a pretty good camera. The problem with using mobile phones, as a primary camera, is that the pictures do NOT print well. I have found that they sometimes don’t even look good online. This also depends on how big you want the picture to be, when printing and/or posting online.
Anyways, the cameras I would recommend would be a Nikon, Canon, or any kind of digital camera with some kind of dash where you can control shutter speed, and maybe change out the lens. Having those options will really open up the opportunity for an amazing picture/ product.
I have found the shutter speed is one of my favorite things to play with. I can control how an object in motion looks and that kind of power is exciting. Taking a picture of a bird, for instance, would be difficult on a low shutter speed if the bird is in motion and I want it to look almost frozen in the moment in which I took the picture. That is what a faster shutter speed is for. It takes the picture faster, freezing the object you are shooting, capturing a precious moment.
However, if you are the kind of person who enjoys the blurred out aspects of a subject in motion then you can put the shutter speed to a lower setting, slowing down the shutters and causing the object to appear in blurred motion. I have definitely used this before as well!
Here is another article that goes into camera settings a bit deeper: EXAMPLE.
Now that I have just rambled on about shutter speed for about half this article, let me discuss a couple other aspects to taking a beautiful picture: angle and atmosphere/ landscape.
The angle that you take the photo can be described in many ways but the simplest and my personal favorite is the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is the very basic idea of breaking up your photo into thirds. You then position your subject (main focus of the picture) in interesting places. Please refrain from putting your subject in the center of grid because it makes it less interesting. Also the point of the grid is to give your photo format. It gives you a guideline as to where your viewer’s eyes will go.
Speaking of drawing the viewer’s eyes, you want to make sure that what you are taking a picture of is interesting. If you are taking a picture of a landscape you want to make sure that it isn’t just a pile of dirt. You want it to be interesting and thought provoking. This is where you can let your imagination go wild. I can’t really tell you how to choose your subjects but I can tell you to let your imagination guide you and your creative inklings inspire you.
Overall, taking photos can be as easy as “Point and Shoot”. However, if you put in the time ad effort to really think through how you are taking pictures, then you are one step closer to taking professional looking photos. Hardly ever do the “Greats” in photography point and shoot. The photos you see by them took days or weeks to get perfect! Photography is an art that is just as hard as painting, drawing, or writing. You have to develop the eye and skill to perform well.
So I hope this article helped! Please comment below with any comments or questions that you might have about this article or photography in general 🙂
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Also, keep an eye out for a challenge related to this article in the near future!!