The decisive factor in taking good photos
For any mature photographer, what kind of photos they can take has little to do with what kind of equipment they use. The decisive factor of a good photo is usually based on the experience and aesthetic quality of the photographer. With a good foundation, no matter what equipment is used to take a photo, it can win with its unique perspective. In particular, the following foundations are essential.
1. Teach Yourself to Know Light Correctly
Light is the soul of photography, and it is also a foundation that can not be avoided at any time. To put it bluntly, photography is actually drawing with light. Correct understanding of light and correct use of light are decisive factors for the success of a photograph. Whether you have a camera or not, you should form a habit. When you see a special light and shadow, imagine what kind of pictures you would take with the light and shadow if you had a camera.
Your camera is just a cassette that can absorb light, but some of it is very fancy and some of it is very simple.
At what angle does the light shine down? Does light have color? Does light reflect interesting shapes on the surface? Have you created a unique shadow?
If you can understand light, you will be a good photographer.
2. Active composition
In terms of composition habits, there are two kinds of people. One is used to taking pictures before composition, and the other is used to taking pictures after composition. However, no matter what kind, composition is an iron rule.
This is not to say that composition must follow a certain principle. In fact, composition has no principle at all. As long as the photo makes people feel comfortable, it is a successful composition. But how can we take pictures that make people feel comfortable? In fact, there are rules to follow. Some basic composition rules still need to be familiar with. For beginners, there is no mistake in practicing basic rules. Only when these basic rules are handy, can rules be broken and created.
The simplest basic rule is the rule of thirds and the guiding line principle. When taking a picture, take the initiative to imagine in your mind where the photo is the focus and where the guiding line is if you use the rule of thirds.
If you want to represent the three-dimensional world in a two-dimensional space, perspective is indispensable. For anyone who has studied architecture or painting, they will understand the importance of perspective in the process of representing the three-dimensional world in a two-dimensional plane.
Get used to thinking before shooting, and gradually shorten the process of thinking.
3. Content is the most important
It’s easy to say, but many people just can’t grasp the content, and the photos they take are often empty and pointless. Before you press the shutter, do you know the subject of your shot? What is the subject of the picture you captured in front of you? I’m afraid many people simply press the shutter.
Look for the subject of your own pictures. All other rules serve this subject, which is the basis of good photos.
Only when the subject is clear can the story surrounding the subject be clear.
4. Don’t ignore the background
Many people like to shoot people with a large aperture. The result is a clear person, and the background is all blurred.
In fact, in many cases, the background can serve the story. A good background can better explain the photo. A good portrait may only be good looking, but it is meaningless to remove people. If you want to take a good portrait, a reasonable background is essential.
5. Look at the world from different perspectives
We are used to putting the camera in front of us, taking pictures at the horizontal line of our own perspective, and looking at the world. But if we want to go beyond our own theme, we must make breakthroughs.
From a certain point of view, it is easier for you to see a different world and shoot a new theme from a different perspective.
You can be close, you can be far away, you can lower the camera, you can also look down on the world. Use a new perspective to reinterpret the world.
6. Grasp details
In fact, beauty is all around us. There are many scenes in our daily life that are excellent shots, but we have no consciousness in them. As a photographer, it is necessary to pay attention to the small details around us and record the beauty of life around us that is not noticed.
It is not necessary to take the camera with you at any time and hold it up at any time to take pictures. Now the mobile phone is so powerful, it is also a good choice to take pictures with your mobile phone. Cultivate the habit of looking at the world through the lens, and you will find more beauty.
7. Find Lines
Lines are everywhere, no matter the horizontal line at the end of the world or the roadside pole, the edge of the building, and the extension line of the road.
Use these ubiquitous lines to compose pictures, and use them as guide lines or split lines to take interesting pictures.
You can use these lines to create your theme, or use them to surround your main body, or even use them to create a frame.
Good composition must learn to make good use of lines.
8. Learn to wait
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The so-called decisive moment is not a collision, but a waiting one. When you find a place that is good for taking pictures, you can wait there, wait for the angle of light to the right position, and wait for interesting people to pass by. Good photos belong only to those who are patient.