1. Get close up close and personal
It was the famous photojournalist Robert Capa who said: “If your photos are not good enough, you are not close enough.” He was talking about getting into the action. If you feel that your images are not “bright”, take a step or two towards your subject. Fill the frame with your subject and see how much more beautiful your photo will look without wasting space.
2. See the light
Before you lift your camera, see where the light comes from and use it to your advantage. Whether it is natural light from the sun or an artificial source such as a lamp, how can you use it to improve your photos? How does light interact with the scene and subject? Does it highlight an area or cast interesting shadows? These are all things you can use to make an ordinary photo extraordinary.
3. Use the flash during the day
You might think that you should only use the flash at night or indoors, but this is not the case at all. If it is extremely bright outside and the sun creates strong shadows on your subject, turn on your flash. By forcing extra light on your subject, you will be able to fill in these ugly shadows and create a uniform exposure.
4. Read your camera manual
The best way to know what to do with your camera is to read the manual. So many people are missing this very important step in their photographic journey. Every camera is different, so by reading the manual, you will get to know all the incredible things it can do.
This is a technique to use when you want to draw attention to something in your photograph. By framing a scene or subject, for example with a window or an arcade, you bring the viewer’s eye to the main focal point.
6. Shutter speed
Being aware of the shutter speed makes the difference between a blurry picture and a sharp picture. It all depends on what you’re looking for. If you are filming a sporting event or children running in the backyard, you probably want your subjects to be up to date. To capture a fast action, you will need to use a shutter speed greater than 1/500th of a second, otherwise 1/1000th to 1/2000th. At the other end of the scale, you may want to capture the long trails of a car’s taillights that run through your shot. Therefore, you can change the shutter speed of your camera for long exposure. This may take a second, ten seconds or even more.
7. Shoot with your mind
Even when you don’t shoot, shoot with your mind. Practice noticing expressions and light conditions. Determine how you could compose an image of this scene that interests you, and what type of exposure you could use to best capture it.