Learn Digital Photography: Tips to Improve Your Photos

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With the modern-day circulation of digital cameras, photography is an art form practised by many thousands of people around the world, from amateurs to professionals. However, photography really is an art form and there is a big difference between capturing an image and creating a superb piece of artwork. A little bit of knowledge in the area of lighting and composition will have you capturing a perfect image in no time.

Focal Point

Every photo needs a good focal point. Without this, a photograph will be dull, uninteresting and turn a viewer away very quickly. You need to be able to draw an onlookers attention and hold it. The goal is to draw their eye into the photograph. With photography, your subject is your god. Without a subject to photograph, is like holding a wedding without a bride.

Distance Is the Enemy

It can never hurt to get a little closer. Move physically closer first if you can, if this is impossible you can use your zoom. Getting closer to your subject can greatly increase the impact of a photograph. Most photographers, particularly amateurs, tend to leave too much distance between them and are subject. In the end, the photo can include too much clutter.

Diagonals Create a More Dynamic Image

A good idea when looking to learn digital photography to help create a dynamic image is to include something like a pathway or fence. Such objects usually tend to lead a viewers eye to another point somewhere in the image. When doing this it is best to use something that disappears into the distance rather than having it cut short at the edge of your photograph. This process is great to add an extra dimension to your photos and will help improve their quality.

Use Natural Light

A flash is not the answer for all of your lighting problems. A flash should only be used when there is not enough natural light. Natural light is of a far greater quality than the light produced by a flash. On this, you should always seek the natural light where you can. Perhaps take photographs near a bright window when inside. Overcast days are by far the best for photography. In such weather, the clouds can act such a diffuser providing you with even and natural light.

Light Direction Matters

In most cases it is best to keep the light shining from behind the camera. Taking photos of the light coming straight towards the camera can be a challenge and one needs to understand lighting to use it to their advantage. Also, shadows can be a good thing. Light coming from the side can be good to add character to an otherwise flat image. When taking photographs you should always be aware of where the light is coming from whether you are indoors or outdoors.

The above techniques can be used to improve any photo. These are only a few of the basic principles of photography and will provide you with fantastic results almost immediately. My suggestion is that you experiment with different photographic techniques and you will soon discover what works and what doesn’t.

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