How Beginners Can Start to Capture More Impressive Photos For a Blog
Trying to capture more impressive photos for a blog can be difficult if you don’t have much experience in photography. Often your initial results will be disappointing, and the learning curve may appear to be far too steep.
While it is true that capturing truly impressive photos requires both experience and expertise, there are several ways that you can improve your photography by leaps and bounds – and rather easily capture more impressive photos for your blog.
Always Make Sure The Lighting is Good
Good lighting makes for good photography, and that is always the best place to start. As you first start out it is best to make sure that there is always plenty of light when you’re capturing a photo, and that it is soft and diffused – without any hard shadows.
From there you can start to experiment with how lighting affects your photos further, and could:
- Try the different shooting modes that are present in your camera.
- Adjust the manual settings of the camera to control the exposure.
- Make sure the white balance is right using reference cards.
All of these steps will help you exert control over how the light affects your photos, and you should explore them individually. On top of that, it may help to have a photo editing software handy for color correction and other tweaks that may be needed.
It should be noted that turning off the camera flash is often a good step to take to improve the lighting. The built-in flash on most cameras is far from ideal, and in general, will do more harm than help.
Keep the Camera Completely Still
As you snap any photo it is important that the camera is completely still. Any shaking or small and almost imperceptible movement can throw the focus off, and make the photo less crisp and defined.
While there are lots of ways to hold a camera in different positions – it is best to start with the basics: Grip your camera with both hands, and with your elbows close to your sides so that you can use your body for additional support.
If you still have difficulty (or even if not) you could consider getting a tripod stand. Not only will it help you to keep your camera stable while you’re capturing photos, but it will make it easier to make sure your shots are level as well.
Nowadays there are other types of camera holders and straps that you can try as well, but few are as reliable or versatile as a good tripod.
Get Closer – And Don’t Zoom
Getting closer to the subject that you’re photographing can make them look more interesting and reveal details that may not otherwise be visible. It may even be a good idea to ‘fill the frame’ with the subject if you want the attention to be squarely on them.
However, if you do want to make the subject larger, always make it a point to move physically closer and not use the zoom. The digital zoom on most cameras will affect the quality of the photo.
Suffice to say using the zoom may not make details any more visible, and could actually end up making your photo look less impressive.
The exception to this rule is if you’re using a camera with an optical zoom. However, if you’re unsure what type of zoom your camera uses it is best to err on the side of caution and just avoid using the zoom unless absolutely necessary.
Improve the Composition
To put it simply the composition of a photo is a manner in which its elements are framed and how they are arranged. While good composition can require experience, a good place for beginners to start is by using basic composition techniques.
The rule of thirds is undoubtedly the most popular (and easiest) basic composition technique. It requires that you divide your frame into a three by three grid, and position the subject and elements using the gridlines and intersection points.
By using the rule of thirds you’ll be aligning your subject slightly off-center to make it stand out more and have a better visual impact. On top of that, if the other elements are aligned using the gridlines and intersection points, the composition will be more balanced.
Another composition technique that you could try is the golden ratio.
Keep in mind that although they are referred to as ‘rules’, you shouldn’t feel that they are unbreakable. In fact, sometimes breaking a ‘rule’ can improve the composition far more than following it would.
Try to Vary the Angle of the Photos
If you’re worried that your photos look mundane, try to mix things up and vary the angles that you use to snap photos.
The majority of photos are snapped head-on, and from the photographer’s eye-level – for no other reason than that is the automatic way that beginners snap photos standing up. By actively trying to use other angles, however, you can come up with photos that stand out much more.
In particular, you should try to vary the height of your camera in relation to the subject that you’re photographing. Try to capture the subject from ground-level, or from overhead – and see what a difference that makes.
When you’re capturing portraits or photos of human subjects in general, try to do so from the eye-level of the subject – especially for children.
Overall none of the steps listed above are too difficult and should let you easily capture far more impressive photos for your blog – especially if you edit them a little afterward. If you’re going to be publishing lots of photos you may want to watermark each one automatically – to prevent them from being stolen and re-used by others.
Seeing as blogs are becoming more and more visual, it is essential that you’re able to capture impressive photos. By coupling an impressive photo with the right content, you could create far more engaging blog posts.