10 Secrets To Taking Better Photos
1. Choose your focal point.
2. Pay attention to the sun.
3. Change your camera angle.
Naturally, we tend to take photos at eye level. Yet for a different effect, try taking some photos by angling the camera down towards someone or upwards toward your subject. This idea works well if you want a photo of your sleeping baby or your son sitting in the apple tree reading a book. The more you practice with different angles, the more you'll discover unique photo possibilities.
5. Use continuous shooting.
When photographing a person or animal who tends to move around a lot, continuous shooting can be a lot of fun. You take a series of shots and afterwards choose four to six of those shots and use them in a layout in "filmstrip" style. Place the shots side-by-side and it will give your layout an animation feel.
6. Incorporate reflections.
Some of the most interesting photos include reflections, whether it be a person's face reflected in a mirror, a lonely puppy reflected in a window, or the hands of a newly engaged couple reflected in a stream of water. Look for opportunities to capture reflections.
7. Photograph natural moments.
8. Opt for black and white photos.
By using a digital camera, you can always crop a photo later on. If you're taking a photo of your daughter doing a cartwheel in the front lawn, but discover that a person is just beginning to walk into the picture, you can easily crop that person out. Depending on the quality of a photo, you can crop to get a close-up of just the subject's hands, face, etc.
10. Practice, practice, practice.
Lastly, one of the super nice things about digital cameras is that you can see results instantly and you're not paying for wasted photos. You can delete the pictures that didn't turn out well and hold onto the ones that you might want to use later for your scrapbook layouts. Practice taking different angle shots, using props and capturing everyday moments. Get in the habit of taking your camera with you and just have fun taking a variety of photos.