6 Steps to Take Your Best Photos
-Posted April 2022-
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You can’t beat the original! Whether it be pringles or cheese pizza, there is just something wonderful about originals. The first still photograph was taken In 1826, by a French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. He chose to focus on his view from a specific building in his country family home. Though grainy and lacking in detail, his photograph will never be forgotten. This invention would forever change the landscape of our world and how we see it.
Fast forward nearly two hundred years and you come to a photography landscape that is full of different techniques, concepts and tools. We are now about to capture moments as they are happening and in a way that is both creative and original, even if our subject has been photographed many times. However, with the near infinite amount of ways that a person can capture an image, how can you find the best way to consistently create photographs that present your message, creativity and detail? Below we have compiled some tips and tricks that we have found, and that others have shared, to help you create your best photographs no matter your style! 6 steps to take your best video:
2. Subject and material
5. Focus & Depth
To begin we must highlight that though there are numerous ways that a person can create an amazing photograph there are really only 6 main areas that can be tweaked to make your intriguing and inspiring end product. These include Composition, Subject and Materials, Lighting, Angle, Focus and Depth and Motion. Let’s get started!
Composition refers to how everything is placed in your photo. Basically, how will you arrange the items in your photo, and what will the background consist of?
Subject and Material is specifically talking about what you have in your photo. Will you have various textures, sizes, etc.?
Angle is pretty straight forward, but so important. Do you know that there are a seemingly infinite amount of angles that you could take a photograph from? Angles allow for greater creativity and insight. You could take a photograph of a rock, but with the right angle it becomes a naturally formed sculpture!
Lighting is talking about how bright or dim your room or area will be when taking your photo. Lighting is such an important feature because it can drastically affect your photograph!
Focus and Depth is the idea of how focused will your photograph be? Will you have portions that will be blurred? Will you be taking your photo as a close up with detail, or from a distance?
Motion can also be added to your photograph to create movement in your Still product. For example you could move an object as you are taking your photograph to create a motion blur and the look of movement in your end product.
With all of these concepts in mind you can see how endless your options could be for just one photography session with one object and background! But though these innumerable options could tempt you to feel overwhelmed at times, I encourage you to see how exciting they are. Your creation will be all your own. You are not simply replicating a photograph that has been taken thousands of times before, you have the opportunity to make it all your own. Your photograph of something could be the first time something has been seen in that way! And whether it be Portrait, Landscape or Action, shooting excellent stills is something you can master! Here are some further general tips that can further help you refine your photography skills for Still photographs.
Don’t go for perfection! Allow your creative juices to flow during your session, but when you feel like you got a good shot run with that!
If you need inspiration, look at other artist’s work, your old work or try going through your day crawling or upside down to see things from different angles and perspectives. Sometimes all you need is to see something in a different way and it can inspire that little bit of creativity to get you from idea to end product!
Also, look for the right tools and props! If certain backgrounds or props aren’t working, try something new and different. Try something unexpected and original.
And most importantly find the right camera for the job! There are numerous options and we can help you find just the right fit for you and what you will be using it for. At My Camera Match we find the best camera for you! Looking for a specific budget, type and use? My Camera Match is the camera website for you! Just follow the trail on our website to your perfect camera. No need to enter in any personal information! We are the camera store with more!
So when beginning a Photography session, especially for Still photographs, have fun, be creative and use some of these tips and tricks to help you create your best Still photograph!
Have a good day guys!
-My Camera Match Crew
The Art of Still Life Photography. Adobe.com. Alex Str, Ben Long, Sarah Aagesen, Hannah Concannon
Milestones in Photography. NationalGeographic.com