Tips for Better Photography!

Your Camera

A good camera is essential to taking good photos. But a lot of us can’t afford a brand new DSLR. You can make do with what you have until you can do better! Learn the basic photography skills first. You can even learn with the camera on your phone.

Shoot in Manual Mode, if you can.

Or try the scene modes (portrait, beach, action, fireworks, etc.). These modes let you test out the different ISO levels that determine how much noise is created. It will also let you test out the various shutter speeds. It’s helpful to know that the higher the ISO, the more noise that is present in your photo. The faster the shutter speed the clearer your moving subjects are.

Use Flash?

Determine if you need to use a flash in the situation you are in. Take into account how much natural light or window light you have around you. How you choose to light a scene can create a much different look or mood.

Adjust the flash strength or use a diffuser.

If the flash is too strong, adjust the flash strength.  If you do not have this option, try diffusing the flash. You can buy a diffuser for point and shoot camera’s or even make one! I have used a Kleenex when nothing else was available! When you get that orange tint to your skin or blow out the photo completely with too much white, this is when you need to make flash adjustments or change your ISO.

Figure out how to use your point and shoot!

Your point and shoot has many advantages that you need to learn. Consult your owner’s manual and master your camera.

Avoid wide angles for portraits.

This not only makes you look funny, but it is definitely NOT flattering. These kinds of photos are the selfies we take all too often. If you can, ask someone to take the shot or you.

Zoom in!

Don’t be afraid to use your zoom to eliminate all of the distracting elements in the background of your photo. Or give yourself enough room to properly crop the photo later.

Get down on their level!

Use good composition and various angles when taking photos, especially of your kids. Crouch down and get on their level. This perspective can end up making all the difference in your photo.

For more information, contact Crystal Sayen Photography at csayen10@gmail.com

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