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!