My Tips For Taking Better Photos

My Tips For Taking Better Photos

If you are starting out or even fairly accomplished in your photographic abilities, you will often find that you have trouble making what you SEE look the same on your camera. You have felt the pain of seeing a wonderful landscape and snapping a picture that you spent time lining up and getting good angles on, only to find that the photography looks very lackluster compared to what you SAW. If you’ve felt this pain (which I know that you have!) this article is for you, to help understand how to take photos that match what comes out of your camera to what you see in real life. Here are my best tips that I’ve picked up over the years!

Pick a Clear Center

When you’re taking a photo, especially at a wide angle, make sure that you pick a defined center of your photo. For example, if you’re taking a picture of a canyon, pick a rock or tree in the middle of the shot and focus your attention on that. If you pick a center, you photo will look much better than an ill-defined shot of “some part of the canyon.” Choosing a center will give you a much better photo because the viewer of the photo knows where to focus.

Eye vs. Camera

Here is a sad truth about photography: your eye is always going to see things more vividly than the camera. The most vivid and amazing photograph that you’ve ever seen looked better in person, unless the photographer used a lot of special effects. This also means that everything that looks normal to you will look very dark to a camera. Do not assume that just because YOU can see everything around you clearly means that your camera can too. You can use your flash or you can use reflectors to try and counter the darkness. Just make sure that your photo subject has enough light for the camera to make a good photo!


How to Photograph Light Trails

How to Photograph Light Trails

If you’ve ever seen beautiful photographs of light trails behind cars and wondered how you can get the same effect in your own photography, look no further! I’m going to lay out a few easy steps for you to follow in order to get the best light trial photos that you possibly can get! If you’re looking to start using advanced photography techniques, this is the way for you to get started! While it is an advanced technique, it is one of the easier ones to start using. So here’s how to start!

First of all, your camera needs to be able to do at least one thing: you have to be able to change the exposure times. Usually you do this by shifting the shutter speed; once you have control over the shutter speed, taking pictures of light trails becomes easy! You will also need a tripod, unless you’re able to hold your camera steady for a really long time. I was recently able to taken an amazing photo of a moving Jeep with high-quality LED light bars installed; if the lighting is good, even one or two cars can look cool with light trails!

Here is the basic method: you go out and find a spot where a lot of cars are going to pass at a given time. You set your shutter speed for a long exposure time (around 10-20 seconds and about f/8 for aperture), wait for cars to go by, and shoot your photo! All you have to do is wait a little while for the photo to come out; then you’re golden!

Does this sound simple? It really is, at its most basic. However, there are a few finer details that we have to go into before we can really talk about getting REALLY great photos. First of all, let’s talk about the best time to do this. It is not best to take these photos in the dead of night; right after the sun goes down is usually the best time to take these kinds of photos. You can get a little bit of sunlight to add color, while still seeing the trails clearly.

Secondly, the angle that you choose can greatly affect the kind of photos that you will end up with. It’s usually best to find a place where you can look down on the cars or look up at them; otherwise, the photo ends up looking a bit odd. The location you choose should also be interesting; a bland location leads to a bland photo, no matter how good your photos look.

Lastly, be sure to frame your photo well. There needs to be a point of interest for the photo; if there isn’t, the photo will look bland. Make sure something like a sign or nature is there. The key here is to experiment! Once you find something that works for you, keep at it! Experiment with shutter speeds, aperture, locations and framing, and time of night! You’ll soon find what works best for you personally!

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Most of Mark's life was spent staring out the nearest open window. Now he does that all the time. Except the nearest open window is the tiny optical viewfinder on his Nikon camera. He uses that to take pictures of people. Check out the other pages and learn why you should hire him to do this for you.


"What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce."


"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."


"There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes."


"When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!"


"A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know."