By: Kendra Clark
Don’t be afraid to fill the entire frame with your image. Filling the frame to its’ entirety can create a sense of closeness for the viewer and a better understanding of the focal point for your image.
Divide your image into three equal parts, this creates a harmony and equality between the subject and background of your image.
Try to think of the best times for photos and whether you will need to use a flash or change the settings to get better natural light. Sometimes the weather can determine this for you.
Shutter Speed – How fast the sensor for the lens opens and closes, works with the aperture, the shutter speed determines how long the lens will be exposed to the light.
ISO – Sensitivity to the light. This determines how the sensor responds to the light. High ISO is more sensitive than a low ISO.
Aperture – The measure of how open or closed the lens’ iris is. A wider aperture means more light, smaller means less.
Create a foreground and background, separate the subject and create a focal point. This trains the eye to follow where it will look first.
Be aware of your background and surroundings. Use the subject as a starting point and take your time to get the shot you want.
The best way to avoid camera shake is by using a tripod. Especially for long exposure or when you are taking multiple shots. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Using simple backgrounds creates less distraction. Don’t overthink a simple idea. The background is just as important as the subject.
What message are you trying to send with your image? Practice taking shots from different perspectives whether it’s up close and personal or a shot taken from a distance. Perspective tells a story.
Follow the rules and get a good understanding on the basics then break the rules. Find your style and don’t be afraid to be different.