You can take good pictures without buying a new camera
Maybe many people have had the idea that if I had this camera, if I went to this place, I would be able to take good photos! But is that really the case? The reason why you think so is because these things are far away from you, and the things you haven’t done may be the best thing in your mind. This is the way people always pursue what they cannot get.Photographers who like to take pictures of landscapes must dream of going to Iceland, Northern Europe, various beautiful places, pressing the shutter in front of the magical nature, and then thinking that these photos will be the most beautiful. However, even if you do shoot it, you can also shoot it. Is it the result of Jing or your ability? It’s not a skill to shoot a beautiful place, and there are countless photographers who have taken this place. You will never surpass your predecessors, you are just copying.
Don’t indulge in the beautiful pictures in the social network. The greatest achievement is to take good pictures of the places around you. Equipment? Of course, equipment is important! But it is not the only important thing. The capture of any great image depends on perfect technical means. The magic of photography is that it is not a textbook type stereotype data. Any scene will change with the light over time. You need to practice and practice constantly to master exactly what parameters to use under what circumstances.The nearest place from home is the most possible place. You can keep trying. If you go to a scenic spot, in case the weather is bad, and in case it is crowded again, you only have one chance to take good photos? Here are some tips. Do you want a new camera after reading it?
Basic knowledge of camera and photography
The most important thing is to read the manual first. Now, it seems that everyone has no habit of reading the manual, but this is the most basic. Have you really used all the capabilities of your camera? Understanding your equipment is the first step to master it. Learn more about the basic knowledge of photography, such as the use of guide lines, the basic rule of thirds for composition, exposure compensation and the relationship between exposure triangles.
Shoot under appropriate conditions
The word photography itself has the meaning of painting with light. In Greek, “photo ó s” means “light”, and “graph ê” means “painting and writing”. Photography is the art of using light. Only when you fully grasp the light, can you know how to shoot under what circumstances.
Often, we think that we can take good photos when the light is sufficient, with clear blue sky and floating white clouds, and the light directly shines on the ground. But sometimes, from a different perspective, in changeable weather, rainy days or cloudy weather, dramatic photos can often be taken.
In any case, you must pay more attention to the weather before shooting and be prepared.
Shoot the same place repeatedly
The best photos are not necessarily the scenic spots that you have only visited once in your life, but more likely are the places closest to your home. Because you have unlimited opportunities to try, and can shoot different styles in different weather, forming a perfect theme.
Change your perspective
Most of the time, we shoot at the eye level. Although this is a conventional perspective for shooting, it also creates countless stereotyped images. Try shooting from a different angle, with your waist flat or simply squatting down or shooting directly at a high point, such as standing on a mountain or rock. Different perspectives will allow you to see different worlds. Sometimes moving your camera will make a difference.
Use your lens creatively
Using a wide-angle lens will cause your picture to expand and deform, while using a telephoto lens will compress and deform. Although these two types of deformation are based on equipment defects, they can show different searching effects. Select the appropriate lens through the pre imagined picture. Of course, you need more experience, and the experience comes from constant practice and shooting.
For landscape photography, the aperture value is set between f/8 and f/16 to maximize your depth of field. Of course, you can choose a smaller aperture to get the maximum depth of field, but inevitably the sharpness of the image will be lost. Any lens will have an optimal aperture range, and there will be losses beyond this range.
You can even zoom or move the lens during exposure to achieve a fantastic effect. Of course, this is not easy to achieve. You also need to take multiple shots to test the effect.
Use the surrounding elements
Use the surrounding elements, trees, rocks, or other scenes with strong color contrast, or some elements that can play a guiding role. Use these elements to guide your audience to look in your direction on your photos.In modern society, smart phones make image acquisition less difficult. We can see thousands or more images every day. What kind of images can make a deeper impression in our minds? It is particularly important to capture the viewer’s attention and stimulate their nerves. Therefore, the image should have a clear object, but it can be a person or a landmark scene, which needs to be quickly recognized by the viewer.
If there are too many conflicting elements in the photo, it will confuse the viewer and quickly slide to the next image. Your image will not impress them too much. More often, less is more. Simplify your images and let go of interference factors, which can easily and directly capture the viewer’s heart.
Invest in meaningful accessories instead of buying expensive camera lenses
Investing in some camera accessories is more important than camera lenses. The most important thing in landscape photography is a high-quality tripod, because you often need a long exposure. Another important accessory is filters. Different filters can help you shoot more works with different styles.
If you often photograph the water, you may need a polarizer to reduce the reflection of the water.Our digital camera is not as tolerant as film, which means that there is always a distortion in the light or dark details of the same photo. Maybe your landscape is perfectly exposed, but the sky is overexposed. Maybe the sky is normally exposed, but the ground is underexposed. At this time, you need a gradient filter to help the image transition between the bright and dark parts.
Shoot RAW and master the later stage
Maybe many people don’t have the habit of taking pictures of raw. They think it takes up too much space and can’t watch it directly on their mobile phones. But raw is the best way in the later stage. When shooting a jpg, everything has been fixed. There is not much space in the late stage. While raw records all the data of your camera sensor without any post-processing inside the camera, it has more details and better late stage space.
Learn to focus manually
This is very important in landscape photography. When shooting with insufficient light, the automatic focusing system of the camera often fails to find enough contrast. When you take a long exposure, manual focusing can avoid the focus shift during exposure, and you can adjust the focus at any time.
Think more before shooting and look more after shooting
Often when we go to a place to shoot, we take out the camera directly and press the shutter. We still feel dissatisfied after taking dozens of the same photos at the same place. But the important thing is to move, walk more, find the right scene and press the shutter, which will be more efficient than pressing the shutter directly. When you go home to organize your photos, try to study your photos, and look at the photos taken by other photographers, carefully compare the similarities and differences between them, and see where your photos are good or where there are improvements. Only by continuous learning can you make continuous progress. In this way, we will have more experience in the next shooting.Take more pictures, practice more and think more. The technology itself needs to be accumulated. After a period of time, you will find that your technology has made great progress. It’s not too late to change equipment.