July 17, 2017
Besides the ability to write well the demand for photography and video skills are rising, given that nearly everyone owns a photography studio in the form of a smartphone. The question is how to do you take better pictures?
We gathered a few tips from photographers on how to perfect your shots:
- Get closer.
It’s hard to capture detail from afar. Move in a bit closer for a photo that displays what you’re trying to convey.
- Set the scene with your shots.
Shoot from far away, medium distance and close up. This is essential with video but also matters in still photography.
Example: Shoot a high-level overview of a farmers market, a person at a booth in said farmers market and a detail such as a close-up of a child getting her face painted. With these three shots in mind you can really capture emotion in an event with just a few photos.
- Fill the frame.
You know those photos where your subject is standing what seems to be miles away surrounded by extraneous space? Don’t do that. When photographing a person, use the whole frame. Try not to put the head at the center of the frame.
- Apply the rule of thirds.
Photographers consider this a basic tip, but many beginners don’t know it. Start with your subject a third of the way from either the left or the right side of your frame.
- Look for the light.
The most important tip for amateur photographers is always look for the light. You should move your subject near the light. More light means less noise, truer colors and sharper photos. The best light is usually near a window. When taking a photo, put the window at your back, and move the subject close, but not into direct sunlight.
- Get down and dirty.
Try different angles, which may require you to get a little dirty. If you kneel or lie on the ground, buildings will appear taller and more majestic. If you’re worried about messing up your outfit, bring a small blanket or scarf, she says.
Group shots are also better if you stand above — say, on a staircase — and shoot down.This allows you to avoid unflattering squatting poses.
- Crop and filter.
Instagram brings good news and bad news: It raises the bar for professional photography, but lowers it for what will pass as a useable photo, Johansen says. With Instagram, anyone can learn how to compose images and have them look good without spending weeks and tons of money on film.
Crop and filter before posting. It’s not always possible to get a great shot, so take some time to remove extraneous bits and run it through a filter or twoGet comfortable with a photo editing app on your phone, such as Enlight or VSCO Cam, so you can rescue any photo mishaps immediately on deadline.
- Treat images like headlines.
Hiring a pro is the best idea, but it’s important for writers to think about photos the way they do headlines and leads.
- Watch the background.
Be hyperconscious about visual junk behind the subject. Visual junk is anything that distracts the eye — and therefore the viewer’s attention — from the actual subject.
- Use drones, Steadicams or tripods.
Shots in motion make video look professional and cinematic. Shaky shots look cheap and unprofessional. Drones and Steadicam help you produce stunning shots. If all that is beyond your skill level, at least get a tripod to steady your shots.