A perfect photo, how to take one?
Photography, within its own merits, isn’t a special “revelation”. The revelation comes during the interpretation, in other words, while “reading” a photo. What does a photo need to “contain” to become the top of the class? How to take a perfect photo?
First things first, you have to reflect on the kind of photography, which turns you on, the kind that makes feel comfortable and confident. Choose and focus on a single, particular type of takes. Such approach makes it easier to master your workshop. Therefore, check what kind of takes you mostly tend to shoot and laser in on it.
How to encourage the viewer of the photo to interpret it?
There’s nothing to boost about, when you just own the latest model of a camera and take pictorially good photos. However, the better the equipment is, the better quality of the takes you get, it’s obvious. If you own additional accessories, e.g. tripod, replaceable lens, lamps etc., you widen your scope of photographical possibilities. Nevertheless, the equipment isn’t the most important aspect. It’s much harder to capture something extraordinary, interesting, encouraging, something that would catch somebody’s eye for a good while. Those are the things that take center stage: message accompanying the photo and the story – you have to address yourself to. You need motivation and a good idea, as well as, energy and commitment. A fair motivation would stress a certain subject of the photo, or date and purpose – which often comes in handy, when taking part in photo contests. Stable hand – it’s another vital element to bear in mind, without it, the photo could only be fitted for deletion.
Where to find inspiration for taking photos?
The surroundings, nature, music, people you met or the Internet – those are just a few examples of inspirational sources. You could take up-close photos of items, plants, animals, people etc. A case in point would be an eye, or a small insect zoomed on, however the distance of the lens should be balanced between “not too far and not too close”. As we mentioned above, new places are not only to be found on a trip abroad, but also in the nearest area, where not too many people managed to get to, an area where you could compose unusual takes.
Light itself could stand for inspiration. Light plays a key role, when it comes to photography. Many interesting pictures are being taken in the early morning, when Sun hasn’t completely risen yet (about one hour since it has started getting bright), or in the evening, an hour before the dawn, when the light has a warm taint, and also at night. The pictures taken within those periods are far more interesting, the presented world seems to be magical and nonobvious – which gives the takes additional taste.
It’s worth seeking stories and events in your own life and surroundings to present them in an unconventional, rediscovered way. You could look up the upcoming events in your area and head over there with a camera, so you would be able to capture hidden and unique moments.
What else should I bear in mind, when taking a perfect picture?
When it comes to photography, it’s highly recommended taking respectively many pictures, so you could easily carry out a selection, however, the general outline should be consistent – in terms of photography, color scheme, lighting, place of events, perspective, the way of crop etc.
Do your best to tell an interesting story with the pictures. Unconventional presentation of your idea, as well as, technical aspects should be respected. Your photography is meant to make a splash and catch viewers’ attention for a good while, so the takes should present ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
It’s worth remembering, that placing the main element of the frame in its center is not the best idea. It distracts the attention away from other interesting elements, not to mention, that it’s mundane. A picture should look natural. Viewers tend to spot artificiality and hypocrisy, so take photos, which present interesting moments and real emotions.
A good photo, when it comes to taking pictures of people, is the one that shows the whole effigy (unless it’s a portrait). However, if hands or feet don’t fall within the ambit of a frame, you could crop them out, nevertheless, don’t do it at joints level! Don’t crop the head – neither its tip, nor the jaw, as it could look adversely, distorting or destroying the composition.
Consecutive step is to think, how would you describe your photo. It doesn’t have to be a common description, but rather intriguing and catchy slogan or title, which would allow the viewer to read through the message presented in the photo. Such related takes with a short story in a form of slogan, will make the viewer see its values not only at documentary angle.
Concentration is another vital aspect to be respected, if you want to add some marvelous takes into your portfolio. “Clicking the button” and taking spontaneous photo after photo, you have a tiny chance for the pictures to be truly fascinating. Focused thoughts could really come in handy, making you to see more within the surroundings, even more than you see every day. Moreover, different perspective of what you see is equally important. Same takes from different angles would look totally dissimilar. Upon reaching the set goal, photo, as well as, its interpretation should be tailored to the appropriate contest category, if you wish to take part in such event.
Taking part in the photo contests could be a way to develop your very own professional skills, an opportunity to dive into the world of photography, as well as, to express yourself by the captured picture. Taking a challenge and striving to beat it, you focus on the subject and that’s when you get the chance of taking surprisingly good pictures, which carry your message. This could trigger off the initiation of a new creativity in the scope of photography. God forbid us to forget! Photography is not about the hi-end, most expensive equipment. It’s the simplicity and emotions, that’s what the photography is all about!
When you decide to face the challenge, but don’t manage to win, still you can consider yourself the winner! Why? Because you have taken up the opportunity of self-improvement and developing your very own photographic potential, which is far more valuable than the actual prizes.
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