Photography: How to Take Good Pictures

How do you succeed in taking a good picture?

  1. Have a clear subject – if you don’t know what you are shooting, how will your audience? You could also think of this as a theme.
  2. Once you have a clear subject make sure your focus attention on the subject. This could be by using the rule of thirds, etc.
  3. Simplify!

Your pictures should feel universal – when you have removed distractions, developed proper framing and lighting, obtained tack sharp focusing – this will start to happen.

As a project go out and find an interesting subject. Take a picture, then examine it closely.

  • What could you do to make the picture better?
  • What should be eliminated?
  • Should you focus in tighter?
  • Is the depth of field right (more on this in later posts)?
  • Is your shutter speed correct?

When you start thinking like this your pictures will get better and better. Here is another story picture:

I would title this shot CONCENTRATION. It could be used on a motivational poster that you find in offices. The golfer is in the upper right third, you get a sense of the story as he looks across the green (and hole) to where he needs to put. There is a look of focused determination.

Does this picture tell a story to you?

Thanks for reading, keep on shooting, and, as always I look forward to your continued support.

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