Additional Photography Information:
There’s no doubt that the advent of the digital camera has made photography much easier for the average person. And while it’s true that you can often “point and click” and achieve a reasonable results, it’s not that hard using a little technique and “know how” to improve your photography substantially. Here are five easy tips that will make your digital photographs at least five times better.
1. Think about composition
Always try your best to compose your pictures correctly at the time you take the photo, ensuring you crop tightly and remove unwanted elements from your photo. Many people are tempted not to worry about composition, thinking that they’ll simply edit the photo on their computer. However, cropping your image on the computer reduces image detail, and your pictures lose sharpness and overall quality.
2. Get close to your subject, fill the frame
A common mistake made by beginners is allowing the subject to get lost in the background. If you’re taking a photo of someone, get as close to them as possible. You can do this by moving closer to them or by using your optical zoom. Don’t be afraid to zoom in to remove distracting backgrounds.
3. Avoid placing the subject dead centre
One of the easiest ways of ensuring a boring photograph is to the place your subject exactly in the centre of the photo. One way around this is to mentally divide your image into thirds, and place your subjects along these imaginary one-third lines. You’ll be surprised at what a difference this can make.
4. Draw the viewer into the photo
Want to create photos that draw the viewers into photo? One technique is to use leading lines, such as roads or fence lines, natural frames, such as door ways, to lead the viewer’s eye to the subject.
5. Consider lighting when taking a photo
Many beginners overlook that lighting plays an important part in photography. While the professionals can afford the latest lighting equipment, there’s a lot that a beginner can also do to make their photographs special. Try taking photographs at different times of day – the early morning in particular offers opportunities for taking dramatic images. When indoors try using window light. Avoid taking photos in harsh, bright conditions, particularly in the middle of the day.
Most of the striking portraits in the internet are always those which bends or totally disregard the rules. As what Darren Rowse of DPS describes it “often the most striking portraits are those that break all the rules”. I wonder how to pull this stunt in an actual photo contest and not only from anyone’s perspective. Photo contests preserve the rules of photography and the judges are very particular in picking the winner to be a patriot of rules.
Anyways, I looked for my personal set of excellent tips, compiled and ranked them accordingly. Hopefully, these tips will help you out on taking magnificent photos and win photography contests. All the tips are intended to have a little uniqueness from the rules, not totally break them but just to get a whole new different aspect.
Rule of the Eye
The effect of the how the eyes of the subject is focused is incredible. I saw an entry from a previous photo competition that used a subject that is looking away from the lens. This way you can create a little sensation of intrigue and mystery added to the subject’s emotion. What made her cry? What made him laugh? What did the kid see right over there? This technique can stimulate the mind of the viewer and develop some kind of connection.
Lightings is another factor that could trigger striking portraits. “Side-lighting can create mood, back lighting and silhouetting your subject to hide their features can be powerful.” – Darren Rowse. The slow sync flash and elements of randomness are two of the lighting techniques that could turn portraits into a winning photo competition entry.
Shooting people while doing the things they love brings out the best of them. You will be surprised on how images will turn out if you shot candidly. Sometimes subjects don’t look good while at pose, shooting candidly gives you wider variety and gives your subject more ease. The randomness that candid shots have may create a good impression for photo competitions.
Zoom in a Shot In A One Body Part
“Sometimes it’s what is left out of an image that says more than what is included”. This is true very true. In picture contests, focusing a shot in a certain body part plays the imagination of the viewer. This gives random thoughts and creates sensations to any that sees the portrait.
Switch your camera into burst mode and make rapid shots at a time. This is a great technique for subjects that are constantly changing or to someone who’s doing something that makes him move in quick successions. In picture contests, having a series of images rather than one static photo is unique and very amusing.