8 key points for taking pictures that touch the heart

Taking pictures of your heart in attack does not start from how good your equipment and experience are. The following eight points are applicable to anyone and any equipment to shoot good works. Do you have these principles in mind?

1、 Learn to distinguish light

I put this first because it can’t be overemphasized. You can practice it every day, and sometimes you don’t even need to bring equipment. Photography is painting with light. Any camera is just a box for you to put light in. Some are precise and expensive, while others are simple and cheap.

The simplest and most direct suggestion for you is to “learn to find and appreciate good light”. Is it more beautiful if the sun shines through the trees? What color is the light? Is it reflected on anything? Is the shadow special? Having learned to read light, a good photographer is half the battle.

2、 Composition consciousness

There are a variety of methods, techniques and styles of composition, but you should understand the most traditional and classic “three-point method”. In a simple way, we use four lines to divide the viewfinder vertically and horizontally into three equal parts.

You can close the scene lines of the screen to the line, or place the main body or important elements on the intersection to highlight your content proportion and interest center.

Proper composition is better than taking a picture directly. When you naturally develop the consciousness of observing composition, think about how to break it.

3、 Content is king

Although it’s a lot of nagging, it’s true. Before shooting, ask yourself, what are you going to shoot? Where is your subject? Is it interesting? Would it be interesting to take a picture of something strange? It seems superfluous, but if you ask yourself, you know why your photos are boring. Shoot scenes that can tell stories and solidify moments.

Understand that it is what you put in front of the lens that makes the picture, not the camera. You should not complain about your equipment. Although more high-end equipment can add points to the picture, it is just empty and good equipment before a boring subject. You can’t focus on a good subject. It’s an unchangeable fact that boring is always boring.

4、 Don’t ignore the background

You may focus on some people and things in front of you, but you should be aware that these are just a part of your whole picture. Then ask yourself what you plan to use to fill the rest. What kind of background you choose can completely change your composition and content.

How bright and dark should the background be? What is the main color of the background? Do you want to brighten the background to explain the details of the environment, or do you want the subject to be separated from the background? If your background does not help your photo, change the background again to connect the subject and the background.

5、 Look at it from different angles

Most of us observe the world from a horizontal perspective of 1.5-2 meters. If we observe the world from other special angles, we can get a very special perspective.

You can get close to the distance or shoot from a more interesting angle. Remember to jump out of the frame of the lens and test various positions and directions. Even when facing familiar scenes, you can interpret them from a new perspective.

6、 Capture details

You can also start from the details when shooting people and objects. You can use your eyes to find the details of things that are common in daily life. Close the lens to the object you want to shoot, and find all kinds of materials, textures, patterns and shapes from cement, leaves, insects and trees.

7、 Find Lines

Whenever and wherever we can find line elements, wires, horizon, trail clouds, tree trunks and roads, think about how to use these to form aesthetic shapes in the picture.

Let the lines collapse, guide the line of sight to the main body, or form a border around the lines, and play the role of the lines according to your composition.

8、 Waiting for the decisive moment

This is where all the above principles converge. Compared with simply taking out the camera to capture a picture and thinking about it, what will happen if we wait for more time to observe, change the position, analyze the light more, see what kind of movement the subject is doing, or wait for some wonderful time?

This is the difference between follow-up photography and photography.

Bresson put forward the concept of “decisive moment”. He had an insight into the light of the environment, prepared for the appropriate composition, and waited for the perfect time to complete the shooting. Although we can’t take pictures like the master, his idea can at least let us get rid of following pictures and really create images with clear creative intentions and impressive moments.