10 Simple Digital Photography Tricks
These are easy techniques to learn. These digital photography tricks have been the most effective at improving my picture taking. They are my favorites.
These are very brief descriptions, if you want more information on any of them, click on the title above each description and you will find a more in depth discussion.
1. Play Tic Tac Toe (not exactly)
Have you ever looked at a picture that you took and one of your friends or family took what looks like almost the same exact picture, but theirs looks better? Did you ever wonder why the difference? Well, it could be “The Rule of Thirds”. Probably the easiest digital photography trick is this idea.
2. Change The Angle
If you are like I use to be, you look through the view finder in your camera, everything is straight and right in front of you and “click” you take the picture. I will have to admit how boring my pictures were. To add more character to the photo, you tilt the camera slightly, rotate it 45 degrees. This is another one of the easiest digital photography tricks to improve your photographs.
3. Leading the Viewer into the Picture
You can take better pictures by leading the viewer’s eye into the picture. One of the easiest ways that I have found to do this is with leading lines. It could be something as simple as a railroad track or road. Other items could be the edge of a building, a dock just about anything that will grab the viewer’s attention and pull them in.
4. Fill the entire frame with the subject
This one may seem like everyone does this, but the truth is, most pictures that I use to take would be full of non-essential items. What I have learned is to zoom in, get closer, make the frame tighter. Get rid of any distracting object in the background by getting closer to the subject. If you think you are close enough, your not. Get Closer.
Look throughout nature and find patterns or repetition. It could be in shape, color, texture. A picture that has a lot of similar items is a better picture. Don’t forget to use the angle rule above to help out to add a bit more.
The other day I was reflecting on past experiences… Oh, I know you don’t want to hear about that, but think about this: One of the great digital photography tricks is to use a reflective surface to add dimension. You could take a picture using the reflection of water, a mirror, a window or anything metallic and shiny. The most famous reflection object that I know of is called “The Bean” in Chicago.
Yes, I know it sounds simple, since we are talking about pictures. But, you can use color to take better pictures, you just have to think about what the idea is that you are trying to convey. Color can produce many emotions in your pictures. What about the absence of color? Black and white photographs invoke a sense of timelessness.
8. Fill Flash
Flashing people is not just good at night. Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound right. What I mean is that you can use the flash on your camera during the day to get rid of dark shadows. This works especially well on people’s faces.
9. Light and Shadows
Photography is the art of copying light onto a photosensitive item, paper, sensor… So, it almost goes without saying to use light and shadows to take better pictures. But, the light in the final picture helps (like the color item above) create a mood a feeling or emotion. Light and shadows can help you get that mood across.
10. Frame within a Frame
Creating a “Frame” within the picture will draw the viewer’s eye directly to the subject. A frame can be a window, door, leaves, or just about anything that surrounds the subject.
The Most important of all the Digital Photography Tricks, Practice, Practice, Practice!
These are just a few different digital photography tricks that will help you take better pictures. The best way to improve is to practice each of these. One day go out and take nothing but patterns, the next use leading lines. These may seem very simple, but their power to improve photographs is tremendous.
Another item, it doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have in order to use these simple techniques to take better pictures. They work with point and shoot, DSLR, Film SLR, and even camera phones. Don’t worry about the equipment, improve your composition today.
One last thing, just like the english language, there are exceptions to every rule. You may take a fantastic shot and the subject is centered. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad photo. Once you know the rules, you can break them and end up with a spectacular picture.
So, get out there and Say Cheese!