Wednesday, 9 November 2011

How to take a good picture, all the time!


There's a reason why the first thing they shout when shooting a movie is 'LIGHTS', because photography is all about light. In fact the word photography comes from two Greek words - photo and graphi or light and drawing in English.

So you think you're taking a photo of an object? Well actually you are capturing the light bouncing off the image. Remember the pin hole camera experiment at school?

You used a small pin prick in a piece of black paper over one side of a box to capture an image? When you looked at that image it was upside down? Remember? No? Well, your digital camera is just a more complicated version of that box with the pinhole represented by your lens.

Here's a few tips I learnt on my course last night:

1. Think about what you are photographing. Make the image you see a story... don't be scared to put the subject to the right or to the left instead of in the centre if the surrounding composition also helps tell the story.

2. Focus on the actual subject that you want to capture... this may not be the thing closest to the camera [something default mode likes to focus on]

3. Don't be afraid to experiment, it's important to learn what doesn't work as well as what does.

4. Take it off 'auto' that horrible flash doesn't help anyone!

5. Choose the right settings for the light:

If it's dark - Use a slower shutter speed, mid to high ISO setting and a mid aperture range [the f setting].
If it's bright - Use a fast shutter speed, a low ISO and a mid aperture range [the f setting].

None of the above make sense? Then go on one of Cherry Red Studio's lovely courses!

Camera shake makes lights 'move'
Low level light on a high ISO makes it look grainy
Mid aperture made sure I captured all the lights

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