4 ways to improve your photo’s….

I’m always asked by clients, friends and family how can I take better photo’s?  Most of the time they are not looking to taking professional photo’s they just want the snap shots they take to be better quality and content.  So I thought there must be tens of thousands of people that would like some answers to that question.

These tips apply to any camera, camera phone or even posh camera users.

1 – Composition (come now think about it)

Composing a photograph can be as easy or as difficult as you want to make it but here are a few do’s and don’ts that should help you on your way to taking improved photographs.

DO – get down to eye level with the person you are taking photo’s of.

DO – think about whats in the background (look out for things growing out of heads).

DO – turn the camera on it’s side or into the upright position, try to fill the frame as best as possible.

DO – move yourself into a better position, standing 20yards away will leave to much blank space in the image.

DONT – Stand people against a wall, it’s not a prison mug shot, put some distance between them and the wall.

DONT – get to close with the camera when using flash, about 6 feet should be fine

DONT – let people photo bomb it can ruin a perfect shot that you may not be able to recreate.

2 – Be the centre of attention

This can be difficult if you are not very confident or are a little bit shy.  You need to capture the subject of you photos attention, they will never look at the camera if great aunt Dorris is on the other side of the room telling someone to smile for the photo.  Talk to people let them know that you are taking the photo, tell them to look at your camera and most of all get them to relax talk about them.  Children will always smile if you blow a raspberry, grown ups will always smile if you pay them a compliment. Simples.

3 – Know your camera

Or at least carry the manual.  Many cameras these days have loads of features that you will only use once or maybe not at all, and it can render your camera almost useless if you knock one of these settings on by mistake.  So either learn the features of your camera back to front, or more realistically carry the manual in your camera bag, handbag or back pocket.  Most camera instruction manuals are designed to be pocket friendly and have easy referencing sections.  In most cases you will even have a trouble shooting section.

4 – Keep it clean

Nope I’m not talking about smutty photo’s, I mean the camera.  Make sure your lens is clean, clean with a soft cloth or in an emergencies a tissue.  If your camera phone doesn’t seem to be quite as good as it used to be then take a look at the lens it’s probably caked with muck.  Even the most careful of camera users will still end up getting a dirty lens, there are many good cleaning products on the market but one of the best everyday lens cloths can be obtained for free from a local opticians (they may want a small fee), just stroll on in and ask for a new lens cloth they are normally very willing to oblige.