How to Improve Your Photos in 3 Steps
We all want to take photos that will wow our viewers. The good thing is, you don’t need a fancy camera to take great photos. If you’re looking to take your photos to the next level, here are 3 ways you can do just that.
Step 1: Pick a good background
No matter what you’re shooting, you want your background to compliment your subject. For example, if you’re taking a picture of someone who’s wearing dark clothing, you want your background to provide some contrast that way your subject doesn’t blend into it. If you’re shooting inside, you can create a backdrop using bed sheets, poster board, or really anything. Position your subject at least a foot in front of the backdrop to create depth of field. (Depth of field is simply background blur.)
Step 2: Lighting!
Lighting is one of the most crucial elements in any photo. When positioning your subject, you want them to be facing the light source (Your light source could be natural coming from the sun or a different light source.) There are some exceptions to this step. Sometimes, you might notice that the light source is too direct and casts harsh shadows on your subject, which can be just as bad for the photo. So, you can fix the harsh lighting by positioning your subject at an angle that isn’t head-on to the light source.
Step 3: Use the rule of thirds
Composition, or the way a photo is structured, is very important in catching the eye of your viewer. The rule of thirds, as the name implies, suggests that you divide your photo into thirds—both vertically and horizontally. If you’ve ever seen a grid-like feature on your camera or on your phone, it’s there to help you position your subject. Placing your subject in any of the 3 quadrants will result in a well-balanced photo.
Now the next time you’re out taking photos, you’ll be well equipped with the knowledge needed to snap the perfect photo.
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