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    6 Tips to Get the Most Out Of Your Photography

     

    The advent of the digital camera has created an entirely new way of shooting. It also adds one more key ingredient: instant feedback. With digital photography, you can quickly see if your images are working or not. But fixing the problem is another matter. In this article are a few tips to help you get the most out of your photography.

    1. Plan Shots in Advance

    Before you start shooting, visit the location you plan to photograph and make notes about the area. Take your time and you may find some unexpected opportunities. It’s also useful to visit the same spot at different times of the day, noting the passage of the sun and how it affects the scene.

    2. Compose within a Frame

    Another useful technique is to create a frame, made out of cardboard with a hole cut to the size of your film, then hold it to your eye at the approximate position for different lenses and compose your subjects accordingly. While it is important to remember the rule of thirds, for example, it is also important to study all the objects within a frame. Be aware that lines at the bottom of the frame tend to “ground” the image, while lines that intersect at the corners tend to create greater visual impact.

    3. Remember the Background

    Too often, the photographer makes the mistake of looking only at the object of interest (positive space) and forgets about the background (negative space), which is equally important. Another common error is to try to fit too much information in the frame.

    4.Shoot tight

    Another way of saying this is “get close to your subject.” Your images will improve considerably as a result.

    5. Squint

    To see more like a camera, squint. To test this is actual practice, go outside on a sunny day and keep your eyes nearly closed. Highlights will tend to stay bright, shadows will deepen and less detail will be visible overall. This will give you an idea of how light is recorded the camera. If it looks good, by squinting the final result should work as well.

    6. Bracketing

    This technique is useful when shooting under varying lighting conditions and is especially important when shooting action. Since exposure can be quite dynamic, bracketing compensates for under or overexposure.

    In upcoming articles we’ll continue this series not only with shooting but also with image manipulation techniques after the fact.

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