Online Photography Courses For How To Take Professional Pictures

banner3What does it really take to take professional pictures?

The classic line “You take great pictures, what kind of camera do you have?” offends professional photographers everywhere who understand that it’s the TECHNIQUE and the eye of the photographer that actually makes for the best pictures.

Despite popular opinion however, you too can LEARN to take professional quality pictures even if you’re not ready to invest in an expensive, top-of-the-line camera.

The most IMPORTANT thing is to know your camera well. Many people expect to buy a new camera and start taking professional quality shots on the first day.

This simply isn’t realistic.

You need to be brave and play around with the different settings on your camera. You have to LEARN not only what the buttons do and what settings they change, but also what those mean and how they affect the pictures you take.

After this, you WILL START to understand which configurations of camera settings look the BEST for the type of photo that you want to take.

Your camera may actually have a “scene” setting that allows you to choose from a bunch of different pre-set configurations based on what kind of scene you are about to shoot. This can be really helpful, but if you want truly unique and professional quality photos, you’ll have to learn the settings, so just go ahead and learn them.

Next, imagine you are looking through the lens at a photo opportunity, and you don’t want to let it get away! This is how photographers feel when they see something that is captivating and beautiful, and this is how you will feel when you know how to take the perfect picture.

First, think about the contrast. An image without contrast will probably not come out looking very nice. It could be a light/dark contrast or a contrast of colors, but either way it HELPS to give a feeling of depth to a photo, and is more interesting for the eye.

Lighting is also a critical aspect when taking a photo, and taking photos at the wrong time of day can contribute to this issue. Sometimes, the time just isn’t right to get that perfect shot and you will have to come back later. If this is the case, try to photograph the subject from a different angle so the lighting is better. Don’t be afraid to try using your flash if a picture seems too dark.

When you are looking to snap a photo, use the rule of thirds, a little guideline that many photographers practice. Visually, you want to divide your picture up into three parts that are distinct and different. This way, people viewing your photograph will have lots to look at.

For example, if you are taking a picture of a mountain, use the sky is the top third, the mountains as the middle third and some trees or something closer to you as the bottom third. This creates a more “inclusive” sort of image and gives viewers the best idea of what you saw.

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Remember, the point of a photograph is to be able to show others something as you saw it, so if you focus too much on just one aspect of something, your viewers will get an incomplete picture of a scene and may not understand why it was worth photographing.

If you want to improve quickly, the best way is to take a lot of pictures!

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