5 tips to improve your photos... big time
Many attendants to our photography workshops tell us that they often find cool motives but end up frustrated because they just can't depict them nicely. No wonder. Photography is a language on its own and you need to know its vocabulary, grammar, expressions… to be able to express yourself using it.
Some time is needed to learn a language, so let’s take a shortcut and focus on five nice and easy tips that can make your pictures look way nicer, ok?
1.- Keep it simple
Only use elements in your compositions that add value to the image. If they don’t add, they subtract! So remember, leave all the unnecessary stuff out.
2 Include a main element
This is slightly related to the prior tip, but now, instead of considering what to leave out, is about what to make stand out. Think always of what’s important to you in a given scene and highlight it. Pictures without a clear main element often end up being a mess.
3 Look for diagonals
Photography is a boring medium. It’s 2D, there’s no motion, there’s no sound… You need to make your images catchy! Diagonal lines add dynamism to your photos, so look for them and include them in your pictures.
4 Shoot in manual mode
This tip doesn’t have to do with composition. It has to do with going creative through technicalities. Leave the automatic mode aside and try combinations of aperture and shutter speed. With a slow shutter speed for instance you can achieve really nice effects on moving things.
5 Go black and white
You can also improve your images after you’ve taken them. Some pictures simply work way better in black and white. Reality comes in color, so turning a picture into black and white opens a world of conceptual possibilities. Explore them!