The Genesis and journey of Cameras
The first camera was invented in late 1880s and since then it has never stopped evolving. With the arrival of smartphones and webcams, these cameras are now more common than ever. The arrival of internet and especially the social media platforms has made it almost necessary to own a camera. Cameras are also the base of our film entertainment industry. You don’t have to be a photography enthusiast to own a camera, you would always find yourself in moments where you would love to click a picture for an amazing memory. Pictures are not only meant to be taken for the sake of profession or just to show off on social media platforms but they are clicked to have a nice track of your life’s timeline. Owning a decent camera is one thing and making the best use of it is another. We always have that one person in the group who seems to get better pictures with the phone and therefore, he/she is always in demand when it comes to taking pictures.
Getting the right grip
Be it your professional pictures or just random selfies, the technique of taking a picture is as important as anything else. Only by making use of a good technique can get you to bring the very best out of your camera. This article is all about few of those techniques which we are going to keep very basic. After getting your hands on a nice camera, our top 10 best tips to take better photos is what you need to read to get started. These simple tips are not really meant for professionals or we are not going to reveal some magical secrets that are not already there but to just get you through some basic and simple tips that can really help you a great deal in improving your photography skills.
1.Making the best use of light
Using the light is the one of the most important things that you need to master or at least be decently good at it. Talking about this light, it is not your camera’s flash but most likely the natural source of light or it could be any lamp or literally any other source. All you need to make sure is to use that light for your advantage to get the very best out of your pictures. You have to see where the light is coming from and how it is going to fall over your pictures. As for beginners, you can simply change your angels with respect to coming light and see what offers you the best results.
This use of light is not always the same. Sometime when catching a nice landscape or just some happy moment, you need to bring that natural light behind your camera so it would fall in your pictures and brighten them up. On the other hand, sometimes, when you are trying to capture a let’s say, sunset; you will use the light against your camera. It all really depends on the settings and what exactly are you trying to capture. Some people also think that the natural light should always be right behind your camera and that is not really true. Getting all that light right behind your camera can also result in a flat and boring light on your pictures however, using that light from the sides can really result in a very interesting photo.
2.Choose the right ISO
ISO feature is not present in any of your regular cameras but it can commonly be found in near professional and professional cameras. These days some of the very low budget cameras are also featuring ISO. You need to decide what value of ISO you are supposed to use which would make your clicks better. These values have more details to it than you might think but to take about the very basic, if you are shooting outdoors with a very good natural light, you are going to need a relatively lower value of ISO which could be around 100-200.
As the day passes and the light starts to get dimmer and you are shooting without a tripod, you are going to need higher value of ISO to get the light on your camera’s sensor. The shutter speed is also connected with the ISO and using the right values for both result in a quality picture. Increasing ISO values also increases the grain or pixel size on your photo so don’t use very high ISO as that will get you a lot of noise as well.
3.Are you getting close enough?
If you always feel as if your pictures don’t really ‘pop-out’ the way you would like them to, chances are you are not getting close enough. A famous photojournalist Robert Capa once said, “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Getting closer to your subject does not only brings you a popped up image but it also lets you discover many hidden details. You can have a closer look at how the shadow and highlights work. It will bring the maximum out of your subject’s details and that will surely take your photos to a whole different level. You would also see how you used to just waste the space which is not needed in your pictures. The facial expressions also get locked and picked in details by getting closer. Getting closer does not only mean zooming in your images but making yourself move.
4.Flash it up!
Many beginners believe that the sole purpose of having a flash is to only use it in low light situations which is not true by any means. Even in a very bright day with lots of natural light, turning on your flash can really fill in those dark details and shadows which you would normally skip. It does not mean you should always keep the flash on, but you must witness for yourself how is it working. Similarly, using flash in the night at certain settings is not always must. Flash light sometimes bring a lot of noise to your pictures as well. You might get a better picture using the street lights or any other source but not your flash to get the desired results.
5.Master your camera’s capability
Knowing your camera is of paramount importance. No matter what kind of camera you have like action camera, the best way to know it, is not to just start shooting pictures. The instruction manual is more important than you might think. Yes! It could be very boring to read but trust us it will open secrets to use your camera in the best way possible. You will get to know about every detail of everything that your camera has been designed for. You will know the limits of your camera and that is how you would be able to play it around. Many people own cameras just for the sake of having one and they never really know what their camera is capable of and hence they never get to use it to its maximum potential.
6.Nothing safe or cool about Watermarks!
Watermarks in the picture have many misconceptions about it. First of all, if you can afford to avoid them; please do! Otherwise use them as small as you can. Watermarks as some of you might think make your picture look cool, no they don’t! they can actually take the attention away from the purity of your photograph. Many people use them for data rights reasons and in reality, these watermarks do not really help much from getting your images stolen. Therefore, the bottom line is, use them as small as you can but better if you don’t use them at all. Same goes with the signatures as well. Many people have started using the signatures instead of a watermark who have almost the similar impact on your pictures as that of a watermark.
7.Learn to play with the Shutter speed
Shutter speed is also not something that you can find in all cameras but the near professional or the professional ones have it. Mastering the shutter speed can bring you surprisingly good results. The awareness of shutter speed brings you the knowledge of difference between taking a blurry and a sharp picture. Whenever you are dealing with fast action or the movement such as children running around in some kind of an event of a school bus following its route and you have to focus your subject, you are going to need a higher shutter speed. The images that require long exposure would require you to have a lower shutter speed. Making it simpler for you, there isn’t really a solid rule for using a shutter speed for certain pictures, you just need to know the basics and with practice you can slowly start to understand it better and better.
No matter how good you think you are or how precious of a camera you own, you would always find something different about other photographers. Different minds have slightly different approaches when it comes to clicking those perfect pictures and there is always a lot of room for learning. With the social media platform, you can easily join or at least follow different photography communities, get an insight to how different minds look into pictures and have yourself evaluated if possible. This will improve your technique a great deal and let you have different perspectives about photography. On top of that, you can also possibly make new buddies.
9.No camera no party!
Your camera is like your weapon. A true photography enthusiast will always have a camera with him/her. That really does not mean that you should be shooting pictures all the time which can turn off many people around you but to make sure you never miss a moment that might seem perfect for a click. It does not matter what kind of camera you have, it could be a professional one or just even the one you have on your smartphones. You can never always plan to take a picture, sometimes it’s just the nature asking you for a quality image. It could be the formation of the clouds, a spectacular sunset over some unexpectedly good location or simply any element that would lure you into taking a picture and for that, you have got to have your camera with you or you would have to settle on missing a great shot.
10.All those glitters are not Gold!
The cameras have evolved a great deal and the market is loaded with so many camera accessories and God knows what not which can make your ordinary cameras look so much better. There are also tons of accessories such as lens that you can use even with your regular smartphones and they do improve your camera’s performance. The image stabilizers such as gimbals are one of the most popular accessories out there which can really transform your pictures to a whole different level. These things do help you a great deal to get the very best out of your cameras. However, there is no reason to get obsessed with all these accessories. Usually you don’t even need to have a wide variety of them. You must have seen many photographers with 3,4 camera lens hanging on their necks and their big bags containing all sorts of equipment. Don’t get impressed by all that, a one good camera which you are supposed to know well can really get you to great levels. One body with one or two lenses should be more than enough to get you high quality images. Try to master what you have other than trying to get a seemingly fancier equipment which has gotten your attention.
Practice, practice and Practice
This is a very basic tip or more like a rule which you can implement in any of your fields in life. Unless you have some magical inborn talent, all it takes is a lot of practice before you are good enough to call yourself an “expert” or even just “Good”. When it comes to photography, the importance of practice is even more paramount. There are tons of details in a photograph and you can never be able to get under their skin unless you have lots of experience behind it. A question arises, how much of a practice is really enough? A famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson once quoted, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst”. Therefore, the very basic thing is to shoot as much as you can and it really doesn’t matter what you are shooting. The amount of time you spend behind camera determines and shapes your technical skills.