Take Great Photos?
For all the amateur photographers out there, it’s time to stop perfecting your skills with your camera. Technical skills will only get you so far, as will a good camera. It’s time to think of the photos you take more as design rather than an accumulation of focusing/exposure/aperture skills with your camera. Photographers can get lost in focusing on camera skills and then are baffled when they don’t take great photos. Photos can make beautiful pieces of personalised photo wall art. Let’s take a look at some tips to help all you amateur photographers take photos you’d be proud to display at home.
What makes a photo a good photo?
When you take a photo that you like ask yourself what is it that you like about it? Is it the composition, the moment captured, the use of light, the colours? Really think about why it is appealing to you, and do this with the work of others that you see even via Instagram. The same goes for when you take a bad photo, or see someone else’s work that doesn’t inspire you. What’s not working in that particular photograph, what could be better, what features are unappealing to you? Thinking more critically about photos will help you learn what you like and what features to try and include in your work to create a photo that you love that represents who you are as a photographer. Taking photos worth displaying are great to allow you to design your own wall art, displaying your talent and your personality in your own home.
Try and try again!
If you’re using a digital camera then you have the opportunity to check your pictures as you’re shooting them. So check! If you don’t like what you see then again, ask yourself why and keep snapping until you’ve captured something you’re happy with. You can do this too if you’re using an analogue camera, you can dedicate a whole roll of film to playing around with 2 or 3 shots. Changing something slightly in each one and seeing what results make a better picture.
Find your passion in photography
Great photographers of past and present aren’t all taking pictures of the same things, in the same way, with the same equipment. No, they all take photos in the way that they love of subject matter that they enjoy photographing. You’ll be motivated to take the perfect your shots if you’re working in a way that’s personal to you. Think about your photos as an art form, and be inspired to develop your photos in an area that is personal to you. Play around with different techniques, subject matter, compositions, equipment until you find something that you’re really passionate about. When you’ve found it your photos are sure to improve and your skills will grow and develop.
Be Inspired to Take Great Photos
Get inspiration by other photographers whose work you enjoy. If you’re not sure whose work you’re interested in then once you’ve found your passion in photography you can research photographers with similar styles and interests. Look through books, go to exhibitions and be critical about what you see. Don’t aspire to be like other photographers, but take their work as inspiration for your own. If you have friends who are into photography then talk to them about your interests, compare work. Don’t be shy, ask for honest criticisms as well as praise. Do the same with theirs, it will only make you a better photographer. If you see aspects of your friend’s photographs that you like then ask them how they achieved this look. To take great photos is all about learning more about your craft.
Turn your prized photos into a personalised photo canvas
If you take into account all the tips above then your work should start to improve and hopefully you will begin to take great photos. A great way to showcase your talents in your own home is to create a personalised photo canvas. Update your personal space with art work that you have created. Show your friends and relatives what you can do, and decorate with unique artwork created by you! Because you are the photographer you can take great photos to suit the different spaces in your home. Your photos can also make fantastic personalised art gifts, it’s a fun and thoughtful present to give someone the gift of art that you’ve created! If you have any thoughts on how to improve your photography, please leave them in our comments section below.