Photography Do's and Don'ts
I'm writing this article about photography, and then suddenly my sister showed me some works of BAD photography. I don't intend to be mean but seriously, I laugh out loud when I saw the picture. It was a picture of a girl who is cropped to the extent that her face is all you'll see. In some works of art, that's just fine except that the makeup color doesn't match the skin tone of the model; at first look, you'll assume she's a HE. The other shots? Well, at least he captured and showed the body of the model; but he uses vignette and overdid it with the background.
The image shown above is just some random image I saw in the internet. I must say that I pity the couple that hired the photographer who captured this moment. Photography is exceptional; it captures moment that some people can keep and look up to whenever they want to reminisce their past. So how do you think this couple will remember their special day with this kind of photograph? It is flattering to know that some people can appreciate your work; especially when you uploaded it in a social network and almost all of your friends liked it! But sometimes, it is not a good idea uploading all of your works in the internet getting seen by the world; not when your work doesn’t really showcase professionalism and sensibility. So here are some of the tips to come up with an acceptable work of photography.
- Don't depend on gears
First and foremost, expensive gears are not necessary in coming up with a reasonable photograph. They are just used with the professionals in some works that really requires it. Think about what field or kind of photography you are in to. If you're more on the macro shots, then maybe you need to buy some true rated macro lens that will give you a 1:1 ratio. But nevertheless, forget about gears first; focus more on the content of your photographs.
- Always bring a tripod
Talking about the gears earlier, this is one exception that you shouldn't forget buying; a tripod! If you wanted to produce sensible images, then you needed a tripod. A tripod is used almost all the time to make your images stable. This is used to avoid camera shakes in your photos, especially when you're shooting extremely fast/slow-moving subjects. Always bring one in a photo walk if you can do so.
- Learning is always fun when done actual
You are trying to learn photography which can be a little technical at times. Of course you wanted to explore different techniques in shooting impressive photos so all you have to do is read the basics in doing such techniques; but don't forget to practice or do it in actual. There's no other way of learning new things than doing and experiencing it yourself. When you get to do it, you'll come up with your own ideas on how to produce it in your own ways. Experiment on different settings and see how it produces different products.
- Shoot not just once but thrice
Photograph is not always perfectly done with one shot. In order to get pretty good images, you should do it twice or thrice. Like what I said earlier, experiment with your camera settings; you wouldn't know if this setting will be better than the other. But! Don’t make it a point that you'll be shooting one subject like in a burst mode. That'd be considered wasting time and shutter. Shooting thrice in one subject is acceptable for you to have choices on what is more beautiful, but if you cannot produce what you're looking for in that subject, move on; there are still a lot more interesting subject out there.
- Move a little closer
Don't be afraid to get close with your subject. Fear is one thing that you should try to eradicate when shooting. Always remember that details on closer subjects can be more interesting and appealing to your audience. Try fill the frame with your subject and see how it can look beautiful.
- Be fast and quick!
Move fast and quick if you saw a potential subject moving. Models or subjects doesn't stop the clock to wait for you to shoot; especially strangers.
- Be choosy with the weather, time, and light
You can shoot anytime of the day but not outdoors. That's if you're concern with the light your image will get. There are specific times of the day where shooting isn't good at all. Sunlight at around 10 to 12 a.m won't give you good shots. Light characteristics changes due to weather and other natural occurrences. Well it's up to you on how you see beauty in different time of the day.
- Keep the original
Post processing gets famous these days; almost all of photography works are getting edited. If you're someone who always tends to edit photos, don't edit the original. Save another copy and that's the one to edit.
- Don't put distracting messages on the photograph itself
Why are you taking pictures? That's because you wanted to show your audience an interesting moment. But do not put text or messages directly on the photograph that explains about the thought of that picture. Let your audience perceive alone on what the essence of your photograph is. Telling them what to see and think is really demanding don't you think?
- Don't make HDR if you don't know how
High dynamic range (HDR) photos are attractive especially if you know how to play with intense colors. But don't try to produce HDR with a single photo using editing software. HDR is produced with different photographs in different light exposures. If you wanted to make one, try to experiment with the light exposure with the same subject.
- Don't turn a photo in monochrome and splash it with colors
This technique can be compared to a dilapidated or abandoned building; ugly after it gets overused. Don't turn your photos into black and white or monochrome then splash it with different color. Making everything else black and white then painting the other part red to emphasize something is a big no "NO". Well no in a sense that you always do it like there’s no other technique left but cannot even does it right.