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Make All Your Photos Picture Perfect
For those of you who caught the bug, you will know that taking photos can become much more than a hobby and can turn into a true lifelong passion, a never-ending quest for the perfect picture, the one that matches our ‘mind vision’.
The advent of digital cameras has certainly changed the landscape and has enabled amateur photographers to improve their chance of capturing that special shot thanks to the ability to check their results immediately. Now, amateurs around the world look to perfect their skills much like the professional photographers.
However, despite this technological advance, the principles behind taking photographs like a professional are still traditional ones, and following a few simple rules will lift the quality of your images to impressive standards.
• As obvious as it may sound, first of all, get to know your camera in depth. Their range of features and programes is outstanding these days, and by taking advantage of everything your camera has to offer, you will be well on your way to making professional-looking photos with less trial and error.
• When it comes to art, there is no unworthy subject, but composition plays a crucial role in creating a memorable photo. While some people have a natural talent for it, it is not impossible to acquire this skill if you don’t so don’t be afraid to be adventurous and don’t limit yourself to centring your picture on what caught your eye. Off-centre shots can be more dynamic and interesting.
• Close-ups can also give particularly striking results and turn everyday objects into an intriguing picture, revealing wonderful textures. Experimenting with angles, with which area of the photo is in focus and which isn’t will likewise provide original and unique photos.
• Portraits don’t have to be formal affairs. Shooting people unawares can’t often capture their true feelings and emotions, their natural expressions better. But make sure you ask for their permission to use their likeness, and be sensitive to the fact that in some cultures, taking someone’s picture can cause distress.
• The use of coloured filters can enhance the depth of tone of a photo, especially on a dull day, but it can also make surrealist, out-of-this-world shots that will showcase your ability to see what others don’t.
• Whether you are into landscapes, portraits or still life, a tripod is a worthwhile investment as it will ensure that an unfortunate last-minute movement doesn’t spoil your picture. For night-time shots when a longer exposure time is necessary to catch more light, it will be an essential piece of equipment.
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