As I mentioned previously some friends and I recently went on an evening after work taking photos. I thought I would share with you some of my top tips when it comes to taking photographs and how I consider different aspects of a scene. This will be Part 1 of 3, so I hope that you will also join me for the next parts on Monday and Wednesday.
The idea is, if you’re just getting into photography to suggest some things to think about to change how you take photos and for those more seasoned experts, maybe some inspiration. In my opinion none of these images are going to win any competitions but they were all taken within a couple of hours and they demonstrate perfectly how photographers can see things differently.
One: Frame the photo with something
Leaves, a window, a building, a fence – it provides focus.
Two: Zoom in – try and find things in the distance.
Zooming in changes the perspective and makes things seem closer together than they are.
Three: Get down low
Look at what’s happening under your feet. A low perspective emphasizes size and scale differences.
Four: Aim up high
Point your camera upwards or get a higher vantage point. It can give the impression of things towering above you.
Five: Be quick to act to changes in light
Lighting is around 90% of a photo in my opinion so be quick to act when the light changes. Have locations in mind that you would like to return to when the light is better. Generally evenings and mornings are best but it depends what you want to photograph – cloudy days are better for flowers.
Six: Look for unusual colour combinations
Sometimes the light or a different view can change the colours of things completely. Find a colour combo you like and try different angles to highlight them each in different ways.
Seven: Go black and white
Black and white looks best where there is good contrast across the image. Red and green will look the same shade of grey hence why colour blind people can’t tell the difference.
Eight: Use lead-in lines
Lead-in lines do just that – they lead your eyes into the frame of the photograph and leave to wondering what lies beyond them.
Nine: Try an easy ‘fake’ infra-red filter effect
If you are lucky enough to have photo-editing software, try converting your photo to black and white and lightening only the green tones in your image. What you get is a really easy way to make a ‘fake’ infra red effect which is where all the plant foliage goes white.
Want more ideas? Check back tomorrow!