You may see something that is really attractive or spend a good time that needs to be documented, so you resort to your camera to hurry and take some photos to make these moments or views memorable. If you do not know how to take photographs, you will not be able to document these fascinating moments. You do not need to be a professional photographer to know how to take different photos of anything that fascinates you. Here are a few tips that will show you how to take better photographs and improve your photography skills.
♦ Hold your camera properly: It is very essential for you to learn the proper way for holding your camera in order to avoid shaking it while taking photos.
♦ Select a proper shutter speed: You have to select the right shutter speed that is appropriate to the lens focal length.
♦ Use a tripod: Using a tripod wherever and whenever it is possible will help you to make your camera more stable. Instead of using a tripod, you can make use from the surrounding objects such as walls and trees to hang your camera.
♦ Purchase a filter for your lens: It will be better for you to purchase a polarizing filter for your lens if you want to purchase just one filter. The polarizing filter will help you to protect your lens, get better colors for the sky and reduce the reflections whether they are caused by the metal, water or glass.
♦ Decide the focal point: You need to concentrate on the focal point while taking your photo and keep away from other distractions such as colors and backgrounds. pick up a plain background for your photo to focus on the focal point.
♦ Divide the image into nine squares: In order to make your image catchier, divide the image into nine squares as this will help you to place the subject of your interest which is the focal point in the center square.
♦ Place the focal point off the center: It is not necessary to always place the focal point in the center square as sometimes the image becomes more attractive when the focal point is placed off the center.
♦ Use panning technique: This technique can help you to capture a photo for a subject in motion and this can be done through selecting a shutter speed which is about two steps lower than the traditional one than you usually choose. If you usually choose 1/250, then it will be better to choose 1/60 for capturing the subject in motion.
♦ Avoid using flash for indoor photos: Instead of using flash for indoor photos, you can push the ISO up to a high number and it will be better to make it from 800 to 1600 or 400 to 3200. You can also allow more light to reach the sensor through using the widest aperture.