5 Outdoor Photography Tips for Great Shots
1. Blaze away. You have a digital camera so what’s holding you back? Shoot lots and lots of pix.
If you can see it you can shoot it. If it looks good, pretty, beautiful, intriguing, colorful – go ahead and shoot it. Shoot it as soon as you see it. Then refine the shot, get a better angle, play around with the composition if you can, but don’t ‘wait for a better moment’. This is the better moment, so get the shot first, and then improve on it…2. When in doubt shoot it now – fix it later.
Photos can suffer from these illnesses that Dr Photo Editing Software can treat:
- Too dark/Light.
- Too ‘flat’ – too little contrast, so no sparkle or good definition of the forms and shapes.
- Too much contrast.
- Wrong colors (especially if you’re shooting indoors) or in shade.
- Something distracting in the image that spoils appreciation of the subject – bad Composition – you can fix this to a degree.
- Out of focus.
You can usually fix all of these except for the last two. Sometimes you can even fix bad focusing in Photoshop Elements if it’s not too severe. So don’t be shy – SHOOT!
3. Be competent with your camera. Read the instruction booklet…really!
These are written by people who do their best to take the engineer’s incomprehensible technical jargon and translate it into human-speak. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail.
Read the whole thing with your camera in front of you and a dictionary beside you. Use the dictionary – don’t guess. Touch all the parts that are described. Turn everything on and off. Take test shots so you can see the differences between things like the white balance functions and so on. Then put it away.
Go out and shoot. Critique your shots. Now you may notice some technical problems. Find the section in the book that deals with that and restudy it. Go shoot again…
The main point is be competent enough with the camera so that it doesn’t get in the way of the shot and allows you to translate what you’re seeing with your eye into the same (or better) image on a screen or a print.
4. Use the viewfinder – not the display screen…
- Yes, I know it looks so cool to stand there staring at the back of your camera while you compose the shot…
- Yes, you could smudge your eye makeup if you used the viewfinder…
- Yes, you may have to take off your glasses (most decent cameras have optical view-finder adjustments)…
Actually it looks a bit dumb and is the mark of a rank amateur, however that’s not the only reason to use the view finder.
You want to shoot what you see and the most direct, intimate and accurate way to see is through the viewfinder.
Outdoors on a bright day or with the sun behind you, you won’t be able to see the screen clearly enough anyway unless you put a bag over your head, and that can detract from the magical quality of the moment. So get out of the TV mentality and get in the habit of using the viewfinder.
5. Take your camera with you.
This sounds pretty obvious but count up how many times you saw something stunning and you didn’t have your camera. This is an argument in favor of small pocket cameras. Big, black beasts with long lenses look sexy but can you carry them with you? Don’t underestimate the little pocket digitals. There are millions of stunning shots going begging.
Do your own neighborhood – it’s probably very photogenic.
Here’s my local park:
Here’s a friend’s local park.
Here’s a shot from the roof of a hotel I stayed in.
Life is happening all around you and someone should record its glory!
Why not you?
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