Photography is an art, and to succeed at any art form we must first learn the basics. Whether you are an experienced photographer or just starting out, we can all use some tips along the way.
Get in Close: If you are not getting a perfect shot then chances then chances ARE YOU'RE not close enough. So, if you want to take a perfect shot take 1 or 2 steps closer to your subject. Better facial expressions can be seen if you are close to your subject.
Avoid camera shake: If you shake your camera while taking pictures then your photo will be blurred. First, learn the techniques of holding cameras. How you use shutter speed also make a huge difference, so adjust it properly. Carry a tripod with you.
Connect with your audience: While taking the pictures, think if your audience will feel it, especially while snapping landscapes. For a panoramic view, use a wide-angle lens and small aperture of 1/6. A small aperture generally needs a slower shutter speed, so it’s better to use a tripod.
Keep your background simple: Avoid distractions by keeping your background simple. A plain background WILL DO WONDERS. This will help the audience to focus on the subject rather than the surroundings.
Avoid using flash indoor: If you are taking an indoor portrait, don’t use flash as it might make your picture look unnatural. Instead of using flash, push your ISO to the highest level i.e. 800-1600.
See the light: See from which direction the light is coming from before picking up the camera. Make the optimum use of light to your advantage. How you use light makes a great difference.
Use flash in the daytime: This might surprise you. When there is bright sun and it is creating an uneven shadow on your subject, the flash helps to fill those shadows. This will help you to get a better picture.
Read camera’s manual: Buying a high-end camera is not enough. You should know how it operates. By reading the manual you will get to know the magic your camera can create
Never leave your camera alone: You won’t be able to click a picture if you don’t have a camera. So carry it with you as much as possible. You might find an amazing topic at the most unexpected time and if you don’t have a camera with you, you will miss the moment.
Keep it simple: Trying to pack lots of elements into your photograph may kill it's charm and distract the viewer's eye from what they are meant to focus on.
Never hesitate to experiment: There is nothing wrong with breaking some rules. Experiment as much as you can. Make mistakes and learn from them. Create your own techniques.
Invest more time in learning: Before taking the pictures, understand the basics. You don’t need to buy the most expensive equipment to take a good picture. You can take a great photo using a mediocre camera; key is mastering light and composition.