Normally when I’m out on a photographing spree I take hundreds of pictures of the same scene using various angles and perspectives. After I scope out a scene, I think to myself: where’s the beauty hidden or how is the best way to capture this scene. The best way to do that is to take plenty of pictures. Don’t be afraid – you’re only enemy is storage! So, if you know you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures it’s best to make sure you have plenty of space available. It’s honestly terrible when you’re in the middle of a taking pictures and your device tells you “storage full- free space to continue.” Not only is it time consuming, what’s worse is when you were about to capture a stunning candid moment but now it’s gone because of something that could have easily been avoided.
Let the tips begin!
Flip phone horizontally – especially useful for the outdoors, landscapes, getting more in the picture. Since this isn’t commonly done it gets overlooked, I’m not saying start taking all your pictures horizontally however next time you go take a picture consider before, would it look better this way? What works best with what you’re photographing?
Use lighting to your advantage; mess around with sunlight reflecting off objects, direct sunlight, shadows, etc. (details under lessons: lighting)
Don’t hesitate to get close to your subject! Getting a close up shot will enhance the object’s structure and texture. Best used to focus on one single thing in an image and embrace the details of it.
Perspectives and angles:
Frank Sinatra says it best “cock your hat – angles are attitudes” along with Mary Schmich “good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.”
You may surprise yourself by moving around, going for a bird’s eye view or worm’s eye view, holding your camera higher or lower than usual as these visual effects add uniqueness, personality, and draw in a person’s attention