1. Move in closer
“Having your subject almost fill the frame helps your viewer understand and appreciate your photo.”
2. Be quick
As the motto of one of BetterPhoto old t-shirts states, “Shoot First, Ask Questions Later.”
3. Compose with care
“Strive to lead the eye along an interesting path through the photo, with the use of strong lines or patterns.”
4. Be selective
“Then be sure to keep anything that would distract out of the picture.”
5. Focus on your subject
“Smaller depth-of-field (and smaller f-stop) focuses all the attention upon your subject.”
6. Experiment in time
“Play with shutter speed” to obtain different views of moving objects.
7. Look at the light
“Unless you want a silhouette effect, where your subject is black against an interesting background, it’s generally best to shoot with the sun behind you.”
8. Watch the weather
“If it’s overcast, simply keep the sky out of your pictures as much as possible.” About this i have allready some tips and examples here.
9. Keep it simple
“Instead of relying on a fully automatic program, pick a simple, semi-automatic program.”
10. Be Bold
“If you are afraid of upsetting someone by taking their picture, just go up and ask if it’s okay.” Oh, i’m glad they pointed at this. 😀
BetterPhoto.com concluded (for full pictures check their website) that those are the top 10 techniques for better pictures.
I agree about this list, but, maybe not in the same order. With today’s ultra zoom cameras, i don’t think that moving closer should take place nr.1 (even if i accept that moving closer will always provide higher quality images than zooming). For me, composition and good focusing are more important than being quick.
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