In this day and age, almost everyone can take a photo. Cameras don’t cost much and camera apps are installed on smartphones and iPhones. There is also a continuous innovation in the field of digital cameras which enables us to share and experience a higher quality of photographs. Of course, some may think that one will be able to produce amazing photographs using a DSLR camera, but having a DSLR camera doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a successful shot. For an aspiring photographer or someone who wants to achieve that perfect shot, you should consider these things:
1. Do You Think You Have The Best Angle?
When taking a shot, think of how you want to portray the image. From what perspective do you want the subject to be seen? For example, if you want the subject to be seen as a superior character, you can use a low-angle shot. A high-angle shot will have the opposite impact. It will portray inferiority and vulnerability to the subject matter. On the other hand, a bird’s-eye view shot is perfect for establishing the beauty of the landscape from above. If you want to capture the emotion, a close-up shot of the face or extreme close-up shot of the eyes of the subject will show the raw emotions. A photo can speak a thousand words. How you take the shot (from what perspective) will affect how your photo will be interpreted.
2. Go Black-and-White
The art of black and white photography is timeless. Some may view black and white photography as irrelevant, as the world is full of colors and we are way past that age where people watched black and white silent movies. But the use of B&W can actually highlight the subject. It removes the distracting colors in the background and makes you focus on the elements, the light, and the relationship of your subject with its background.
3. Depth of Field
The depth of field is the zone of sharpness within a photo that will appear in focus. This is often used to put emphasis on the subject. It is often done by blurring the background or the foreground if the subject is farther from the lens.
4. Rule of Thirds
Dead center is so out of style. Some may think that making sure that their subject should always be at the center is the secret to a good photo but that’s not true. In fact, the use of the rule of thirds keeps your photos well balanced and interesting. When taking photos, the subject must be positioned one-third of the screen vertically. Landscape photos should also abide by the rule or thirds horizontally: one-third sky and two-thirds land or vice versa.
5. Get the right color
The color temperature of the photo plays an important role in the outcome of the photograph. Warm and cool color has its own role psychologically. Warm tones connote heat, relaxation and passion. While cool tones represent frigidness . A rainy day emits cool tones while sunrise and sunset bring out the warmth in your shot.
6. Take the shot
Another way of creating an amazing photograph is by letting the photo speak for itself. Sometimes, we worry too much about the background, the noise, light, etc. Just taking the shot in the midst of the moment will suffice. A candid photo can tell so much of what’s going on. It can even show a mother’s deep love for her child, a man’s despair, a child’s happiness, a love lost, and so much more. So don’t be afraid of making blurred and unfocused shots and take the shot until you finally get that perfect photo that you’ve been dreaming of.