Millions of people have found a deep love of photography in the last few years. From smartphones that can produce stunning images, and the iPhone being released with a portrait mode – enabling a soft bokeh background with minimal effort – to very affordable professional cameras.
And it’s beautiful to see so many people proudly sharing their photos. It might be of their new puppy, or it might be their latest trip to Ireland.
But how do you go from very basic amateur to producing something quite stunning?
One of the key things is being able to have your photos on your mobile phone, camera or computer. If you have an iPhone, you might need to check out how to use iCloud photos – Setapp for some brilliant tips. Most of us are still taking the memory card out of our cameras and inserting the same card on our computers to make the transfer. The fact is cloud movement is quicker. It really comes into its own when you are on holiday too. This allows you to use different editing methods much quicker.
One of the most natural tricks to get a well planned out photo is the rule of thirds. You look at what is in front of you and mentally split it into three parts – thirds. Place your subject along one of the lines. This allows you to safely play with the composition with very little room for error – ideal.
This is a prevalent composition technique. A great example is when you are walking along a country path. The trees and path will all be leading your eyes to a point in the distance. You eyes were lead there by leading lines. It works so well in photography because it instantly points out to the viewer what they should be looking at. Creating a point of interest with ease.
There is rarely such a gift as the golden hour. The sunlight is long and soft. The shadows aren’t too dark, and everything has a golden glow. You will be hard pushed to find a photographer that doesn’t sing the praises of those moments each evening. It occurs twice a day, once in the morning just before the sun rises and in the evening when the sun is going down.
Laying on your stomach in the middle of a city might not sound like fun. But if you are trying to get a building to look as large and grand as it truly is, something the angle can take you there. If you are photographing children and animals, getting down to their eye line will give you something more personal. No crooked necks looking up at you. But a more natural poses that will be much much better.
While we all like to think our photos are all perfect without editing, that isn’t true. A small amount of editing allows you to take your picture from what you captured to what you saw. Lightroom, Photoshop, and even mobile phone apps can give you a lot of ability.
Have fun. It is easy to get stressed out with the technical stuff, but if you are enjoying what you are doing the technical learning will come in time.