Hello, friends! I’m Lauren and I blog over at Choosing Joy. I’m a natural light photographer, serving areas in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania and I’m here to share a few photography tips with you while Whitney is busy having fun at her new job!
Many people think that they can’t have awesome photos if they don’t have a fancy camera, but that isn’t true at all! It doesn’t matter what type of camera you have, YOU have the power to make your pictures look great by just putting a little bit of thought into the composition. Here are a few of the tips that I think are most important:
Remember the Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds basically teaches you NOT to put your subject in the center of the photograph. Imagine a grid, like a tic-tac-toe board, on your camera. This rule says that the subject of the photograph should be placed either where the lines are placed, or at the dots where the lines intersect. By placing your subject at these places, the photograph becomes much more balanced and often looks better, than if your subject was in the center of the frame. This strategy is definitely a good one to learn, in order to add more variety to your photos, but doesn’t necessarily need to be followed 100% of the time.
A Different or Unusual Angle
Many photographs are the same, taken at the same angle that everybody uses. Be different. It will spark interest and make your pictures ten times better. If you are taking pictures of an animal, lay on your stomach. If you are photographing a child, squat down so that you are at eye level with them. The more awkward your position, and the more uncomfortable you feel, the better the picture will probably turn out.
Always use natural light, and never use your flash
Natural light is the only way to go these days (at least in my book), as it is very flattering and forgiving, and creates beautiful images. You don’t want to use flash for many reasons. On camera flash is extremely unflattering, as it makes harsh shadows in your images, can cause red eye, can flatten your image, and doesn’t even reach that far. Natural light is so much better, and can enhance your photos in ways that a flash never could. If you are shooting outside, the best times to shoot is during the first couple hours after sunrise or before sunset. If this isn't possible and you are shooting around noon, try to shoot in shade to prevent squinting, shadows, or harsh light. Or if you are shooting indoors, try to shoot near a window where there is a lot of soft, diffused, natural light.
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