When you have no time to brush up on the basic photographic skills, you often think about the reasons that got you started on photography at the first place! As for the current generation, thanks to the recent popularity of Instagram, everyone wants to try their hands at photography, in search of the next great instagrammable moment! While this can be great in discovering the ‘knack’ of photography in you, this would also mean that you’d need guide on how to take better pictures without getting too technical about it.
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#Rule 1: No Pictures in Direct Sun
Taking great photos in direct sunlight can prove to be challenging especially when the lighting scenarios are concerned. Since too much of sunlight can mess up with the exposure, it is best to take photos in the shade else the faces in the photos would end up in the shadows.
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Sunlight is harsh when it comes to the subject’s eyes. It can easily make dark circles appear in your photos – under the very eyes of your subjects. And, if the sunlight hits directly to the front of your camera, the image turns into a silhouette (that’s the photo where the person or object is dark and the background is bright). There aren’t any easy tools or camera settings to compensate.
#Rule 2: When Indoors, Look For a Window, Or Turn On a Light
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Windows are the indoor equivalents of shady spots outside. While the window lights are easy to shoot with it also helps to create a flattering effect to the images. However, if you shoot directly into the window may result in too much of blurring. Standing with your back or side to the window can give your photos the much-needed ambre.
Of course, a window only works during the day and, depending on where it’s facing, certain times. If there are no windows or you are shooting at night, at the very least, turn all the lights on in the room before taking pictures. While not as ideal as natural light, artificially lighting a room as bright as you can will help prevent blurry photos
#Rule 3: Changing the Height
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Are you one of those people who just grab a camera and place it near the eye and shoot? Well, that may work in some cases but then all the images would look similar to all other images that you have taken in the past. Know the reason why? Well, the small little detail that they were all taken from the same height plays a major role.
Simply kneeling, sitting, or standing on top of something can instantly add variety to that ho-hum Instagram post. Whatever it is you are photographing, try looking from different angles and find the one that looks best to you. For example, when photographing kids, kneeling or sitting to shoot from their eye level, not yours, often makes a big improvement.
#Rule 4: Stop Dabbing Everything in the Center
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Photographers can be a bit archaic when it comes to focussing things at the centre. While placing everything in the centre can yield a crisp image, but most cameras can yield great shots even when the subject is off-center these days. nd if your camera is a smartphone, you can simply tap the object on the screen to focus there. Placing the person or object a bit off to the side adds interest and tends to draw the eye. Off-center placements also create empty space, which creates a less busy image that’s often more eye-catching. Consider where the person or object is and what else is in the frame, and you’ll get better shots — this is referred to as composition.
#Rule 5: Learn Photo Editing
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No photos ever come out perfect right from the cameras which doesn’t need a bit of tweaking. Editing helps photographers put the final touches on a photo in order to more accurately recreate the colors or to evoke the emotion that inspired the shot in the first place. But you don’t need Photoshop and professional photo editing skills to edit your images.
While Photoshop, Lightroom, and other advanced image editors offer a lot of features, casual photographers are better served by basic apps that do quick touch-ups. One-click fixes and simple sliders help boost your photos, even if you’ve never edited photos before. If you’re shooting with a smartphone, try one of our top picks for the best iOS and Android photo apps. For desktop apps, try one of these free editing programs to start with.
We hope that these above rules, when taken care of can help you achieve great photographic moments in the coming times. And, if you were wondering of have a look at some of the best-selling cameras at great deals, feel free to browse from our collection below: