How to Take Great Pictures

With cameras available at low cost and cell phones bundled with high end cameras, taking photographs has become a habit. People are often found photographing outdoors, in restaurants, parks, lawns and where not? While many people blame their camera for “not having a great picture” there are a lot of those who know that taking a great picture does not depend on the choice of camera but like many other creative profession taking great picture is more of an art than sole work of technical factors like camera, artificial lighting etc.

There are a many factors which can be worked upon in order to get the most out of your camera and take great pictures by just changing the few things you do or adding up to your knowledge some of the tips we have collected here for you.

If you want to attain perfection in every photograph you take, make sure you check our earlier post about breath-taking photographs. For D90 owners, we have a specific post showing best D90 photographs.

1. Persistence

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Persistence by Tylor

When you are trying to capture a great picture do not expect to get extraordinary results in just one click. Like every great thing in life photographic skills also grow up slowly but surely in one’s personality. Try every option in your camera and explore every feature it has to offer until you remember full functionality of your camera so that when time comes and a flash of creativity hits your mind while looking at a certain condition you will exactly know which feature to use and how to use it to get what the photograph deserves.

2. Patience

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Patience by Jaume Soriano Sivera

Brilliance doesn’t work on schedule. Don’t wait for moments to come to you instead go out and go look for it. Try different timings like early morning or late evening to get exquisite unique photographs.

3. Observe

observe great photographs

Grasshoper by Ben

Many people just see, they don’t look or to be more accurate they don’t observe. A photographer surely should not develop such mediocrity in him. If you really want to take great photographs make it most dominant thought in your mind and you will develop a ‘photographer’s eye’ which will help you to observe things which would seem mundane to others.

4. Passion

passion photography

Singapore Marine Bay by Kenny

Photography is communicating passion and sparking excitement in the mind and body of another person. If you don’t care about the subject then the results won’t get beyond the basics. Care deeply and incredible things happen. Don’t care and you are quickly forgotten. Photography is the art of communicating passion. You need to be passionate about whatever it is that you photograph. If you are passionate you’ll get great results, if you don’t care, you won’t. A photograph is not about technique. A photograph is communicating something, be it an idea, concept, feeling, thought or whatever, to a total stranger. For a photograph to be effective you have to be clear with what you’re communicating. Ansel Adams said “There is nothing worse than a sharp photograph of a fuzzy idea.” It is paramount that your idea, thought or feeling be crystal clear in the image. Merely pointing an expensive and masterfully adjusted camera at something doesn’t make a good photo. Knowing what you’re saying and saying it loud and clear is what makes a strong image people will remember. If it says nothing to you it will say even less to others.

5. Curiosity

Photograph subjects for which you have a true curiosity. You have to find them interesting if you want the people who see your work to find them interesting, too.

6.   Perspective

perspective in photography

Under the roof by Hubob3

Go crazy with the way you shoot photographs. If you are shooting portraits and are focusing on eyes form the same axis as of the subject try shooting from a lower level or from above or anything you think will be different. Simply Go crazy!

7.  Eye Contact

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Eye Contact by Paul Gornell

Apart from the traditional way where, the subject looked just below the lens (Which in fact gives good results) try to make your subject  look in different directions like looking away from the camera or looking into something or someone within the frame like A child looking at a ball, a woman looking at her new baby, a man looking hungrily at a big plate of pasta. When you give your subject something to look at that is inside the frame you create a second point of interest and a relationship between it and your primary subject. It also helps create ’story’ within the image.

8. Lighting

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Parallel Lines by Linus Gelber

Lighting is the most important technical stuff you need to develop sensitivity towards. As you develop this sensitivity you will be able to understand when the light looks right to capture the look you want, and when to put away the camera and grab lunch. With this ability you also will learn to be able to modify light with simple reflectors and scrims to help create your look. The smaller your subject, the easier it is to modify light. Portrait, bug and flower photographers do this all the time; landscape photographers usually have to wait for the right light. At last, remember, “Everyone has different tastes”. This is art.

9. Series Shots

Take series of shots this enables you to create a static shoot out and also works best if you are capturing a fast moving object and most importantly children who change there posture very quickly. While taking series of photos you never know which photo clicks just perfect at perfect time giving you a ‘flower of the flock’.

10.  Be Happy

be happy photography

Don’t worry if you miss a shot or aren’t prepared. You can always come back again some other time, and if its a scenic location, probably will. By not worrying, you’ll be more relaxed and make far better pictures.












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