The 7 Steps to Incredible Image!
So I am asked probably on a quite regular basis… “What is your secret to your great images” I’ve been in professional photography about 23 years and have figured out several things. No real secrets… just elements I see being ignored by allot of emerging photographers. Here’s the simple list of seven…
- Know Your Camera
- Sharpen Your Image
- Sense of Dimension
- Golden Rules
- Enhance Your subject
- Become the Storyteller
- It All About The Points of View
1. Know your Camera
You need to be able to control your camera and not have your camera control you.
From a simple point and click camera to the higher end SLR, you need to be in charge.
Knowing what each camera setting and mode is going give you and how to make it do what you want with the features that it has. The first photo class in collage I ever took they made us only use a manual camera. That forced me to know what????????s going on and how everything works. Then when you know the capabilities of your equipment then you have the power and your in control. Don????????t get me wrong… I shoot in manual, aperture priority, and shutter priority all depending on the situation. But… I am always in control of the image.
To study more about your camera features look to Quick Pro camera guilds. They have many of the popular camera tutorials on DVD for easy learning.
2. Sharpen Your Image
This is essential! For most images the subject matter need to be in focus and sharp. Unless your doing something abstract or unusual. Basic formula for this is; “Steady Camera + Quality Lens = SHARP IMAGES”
Several good ways to steady your camera! A good rule of thumb for choosing a shutter speed for hand holding a camera is 1 over the focal length of the lens or higher. 200 mm lens. Use 1/200 sec or above. 55 mm lens, use 1/60 sec. shutter speed or higher. Any shutter speed longer than that you should probably use so sort of stabilizing devise.
The more steady your camera is the sharper the pictures are going to be. To help get your camera to be steady as possible use a solid tripod. Even the ground your tripod is standing on is important. If you having a tripod is not possible, here are some other helpful hints:
- Stand with your feet firmly on the floor or ground with your weight distributed evenly on both feet.
- Lean against something solid to keep your body from swaying.
- Grip the camera firmly with both hands.
- Tuck your arms against your body and the camera against your head.
- Press the shutter release as smoothly as possible.
- Remember: Always hold the camera rock steady and press the shutter smoothly.
The quality of your lens are a great source for sharper images. There are cheap lens and expensive lens. In most cases you usually you get what you pay for in a lens. Prime lens tend to be a little sharper the zoom lens. I put most of my money in my lens.
When your choosing what need to be sharp focus on the subject matter. To bring out your message your subject has got to be tack sharp. In the case of a portrait, the eyes are the most important feature on your face. If the eyes aren????????t in focus your losing the impact of the image.
When you trying to get everyone in a large group where do you focus on large groups?
a. In the middle
b. 2/3 into the group
c. 1/3 into the group
d. Beginning of the group
e. All the above
Answer is, C – 1/3 in the group! Stay tune to Part 2 for the more steps to incredible images…