In this article, I will show you 5 Ways to Improve Your Photographs for Beginners level. It’s the easiest thing in the world to take a photograph. You aim to the subject and press the shutter button, and you’ve seized a perfect moment in memories. But did you know that with just a little bit more of the effort, you can turn those moments captured into something more you never thought of? The offering of the subject that it deserves from you. Something that is a pleasure to view at even before the shimmer of nostalgia is sprinkled onto it by time, and something you’ll be proud to share to the world with your eyes.
With these five basic steps, you will notice an immediate amount of improvement in your photos or videos. Once you’ve started giving it just a little bit of attention, it’ll become a natural part of your photographs coming.
Let’s begin the journey!
1. Get low, get high — it’s all about the perspective
The most natural way is to photograph from the level of your own eyes. There is nothing wrong with that way, but it’s just one of many viewpoints that offer — and perspective is essential to the way we relate to a photo. You have to learn to capture or view the photograph from many viewpoints, it can be the viewpoint of an animal, human, insect or even a bug.
For example, some photographs look stunning from a human perspective while some look better from some other perspective which makes them unique.
Shot at Human Eye LevelWant to expand your perspective more to a level? Don’t be afraid to move, crouch, or if you’re up to it, lie down before taking your photo. Climb up on a chair even or bend in any direction as possible. If you’re photographing a child, get down to their eye-level and see what a difference it makes to your photo.
And if you are photographing an Adult, it must be you standing right in front of them to take the photograph to their viewpoint.
2. Less space, more content
Do you tend to point and shoot at, without composing the photo? This leads to two very common results. One of them being a lot of unnecessary space around the subject, the other we’ll discuss in step three below.
Does the person you’re going to photograph take up only a certain or small portion of the image? Most of the time, that’s unintentional, and it just makes it harder to enjoy the real look of the subject, whether it’s a person, flower, animal, or a sculpture.
Try filling the frame with a face or the subject you want to photograph. Don’t be afraid to get closer to the subject, if you’re using a Prime Lens (unless you’re photographing a venomous snake).
But, in the case of Wildlife Photography, Lenses with zoom factor are used like 70-200mm or 100-400 mm lens which can help you to take closeup shots from very far.
3. A view askew (off-centered)
The other common mistake of pointing and shooting is that subject almost always ends up being in the center of the frame most of the time. Sometimes, that works beautifully, but most of the time it’s just boring.
If you’re photographing a human, try to place them (particularly their eyes) off-center in the photograph. Be aware of their movement or line of sight and leave room for that. It means, to place the subject to the side they’re not moving into or looking at, and put more of the space in front of them in the direction they’re viewing or facing.
Now, the Image below shows the same statue being on the side of the viewpoint making it more attractive and also covering more background in the viewpoint they are facing.
4. When too much is just right
If you’ve been doing photography for a while or if even you are a beginner, you’ve probably heard how important it is to control the exposure of your images correctly. In other words, avoiding both too little light and too much light. It’s a basic rule of photography, but let me suggest that you try breaking it.
In my experience, too little light is more of a problem than too much, and sometimes, too much is just perfect — especially if your subject is backlit.
For example, the photographs for Sunrise or morning are more of too much light which is advantageous for them.
Try it and see what you think!
5. Space is cheap
Don’t worry about taking too many photos on your camera. Really! One of the greatest things about digital photography is that you can take loads of snaps and choose among them later for the best ones to keep. Don’t even miss a moment because you hoped to capture it perfectly in one go.
So, always carry a memory card of 16GB or more than it, maybe 64GB to not worry about space while capturing breathtaking photographs.
Because it is not necessary that you will always take the perfect shot in one go, it can take a number of wasted shots to reach to that perfect breathtaking photographs.
6. Always Carry a UV Filter
UV filter is very useful in DSLR while taking photography when the Sun is upon your head. If it is a very bright day, try to use lens filter to stop unnecessary light to come in your camera lens.
You can buy cheap Customized UV Filters from various platforms. They stop the light from coming into the lens to achieve great results.
Some of the UV Filters for famous brands Cameras are listed below.