10 Tips to Better Photographs

Tips for Growing Your Tech Skills #10

Ten Tips to Better Photographs

  1. Look before you snap. Check your corners and background before you ruin an otherwise great shot. Is there a tree growing out of someone’s head? Is there something (or someone) distracting in the background?
  2. Focus on the eyes. They are the most interesting feature. If they’re out of focus, the photo flops.
  3. Fill the frame. Many photos suffer from tiny person syndrome. Snuggle up to your subject so that there is no question of what you want people to see. Don’t be afraid to take a step or two to get the best angle and distance.
  4. Photograph kids from kid level. You’ve all seen those photos taken down at children so they look like they have alien heads. Don’t be afraid to sit or kneel when you take the shot.
  5. Seek shade. Most people think a sunny day is the best time to photograph people. If it’s bright outside, put your subject in the shade. Cloudy days are good for lighting.
  6. Think in thirds. Picture your viewfinder as a tic-tac-toe board. The most dynamic spots for your subject are where the lines cross. (That’s where you put the eyes.) Faces in the middle of the frame tend to be dull and less interesting.
  7. Shoot a vertical. Don’t forget, you can turn the camera so the subject is vertical in the screen. (This does not work with video cameras unless you’re going for the Blair Witch effect.
  8. Hold still. The less available light you have, the slower the shutter speed. Hold the camera still to avoid the blurry shot. Prop it against something for even better results or even better, use a tripod.
  9. Waste Film. It’s an old maxim and, though film is dead, still holds true. The more shots you take, the more likely you will get a shot to be proud of.
  10. Delete, delete, delete. If you take 15 photos and 5 are out of focus, badly composed or uninteresting, only show the best. A few great shots will always beat two dozen poor ones.