Hmm…. what would be my tips that would help her improve her photography immediately? Here it is! Here’s what I would suggest to anyone who is interested in taking better shots of their pets, kids, family, or shoes.
Regardless of what your object is, always walk up a bit closer or zoom in. Moving closer will help you to get rid of everything that does not need to be in your shot: chairs, books, trees, people, bottles, cars, etc. You will get rid of all the clutter and therefore your object will stand out and have all the attention. If you cannot get close enough to fill the frame with your object, crop the image later. However, I avoid cropping and always strive to frame the shot well the first time and guess what? That would be my next tip!
Take a Moment to Frame the Shot Well
Composition is everything! Frame the shot well the first time. Be patient and take a moment or two (or three or five) to consider the composition. You want your image to be visually interesting, so make sure you place your object in the right spot. Move the frame around your object and try to find the most appealing position for it. You may use the rule of thirds or golden triangle or just go on and break every rule as long as you’re happy with the composition.
Correct Color and Sharpen Your Image
Some people will happily share their editing tricks and processes while others will hate you if you ask about it. Learn how to enhance the color and sharpen your images. As long as you don’t cross the fine line of post-editing, your images will benefit from some editing. Plus, if you are shooting in RAW (wondering what RAW is?), you will need to sharpen them a little bit before you post them online or print them. You don’t have to have an expensive editing software; there are quite a few good ones out there that are completely free. Also, Photoshop Elements 10 is on sale these days for under $50.
Now, tell me, what are you favorite tips to better photos?
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