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Bek 02-27-2010 04:36 AM

Photography tips?
 
I know there are heaps of really talented photographers here so I was wondering whether anyone has any tips for someone just starting out?
What are some things that turn an average photo into wow that looks amazing..
At the moment I have a cheap point and shoot and would love to get a slr but I don't really have the money for it right now.
bekkkk on deviantART That's my deviantart, I would post the pictures but they come out huge.

TaMMa89 02-27-2010 07:04 PM

I'd say (if you use a digital camera) that photoshopping can work wonders. Here's some tips for you:

*When taking photos, remove all kind of disturbing, needless stuff around the picture area if you can. Try to think a big picture; which will fit in the photo, which won't? Except if you try to take a "crude" picture about real life. You can also be artistic and try new, innovative view angles.

*Don't crop the "final cropping" with your camera. Leave a margin that you can crop out with your photoshop program. I've found it's usually easier to find a right spot to crop the picture with a computer than with a camera because you can see the picture bigger with your computer.

*Highlight, sharpen, tone the picture with the photoshop program so you can make it look vivid and sharp.

My2Geldings 03-08-2010 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Bek (Post 564668)
I know there are heaps of really talented photographers here so I was wondering whether anyone has any tips for someone just starting out?
What are some things that turn an average photo into wow that looks amazing..
At the moment I have a cheap point and shoot and would love to get a slr but I don't really have the money for it right now.
bekkkk on deviantART That's my deviantart, I would post the pictures but they come out huge.

You know, you could have the best and most high camera, and still take the worst photos in the world. It's about how you use your machine.

My best suggestion to you and it might sound corny, is to take out your user's manual and just read through it. Learn all the settings and understand why those settings work the way they work. Then it's trial by fire. The more photos you take with those settings, the more you will learn how to take good photography.

shmurmer4 05-03-2010 11:43 AM

for beginners:
Rule of thirds
OR
Crop close with the camera, and then go back and crop closer. (exception to the rule of thirds, in photography.)

Flash can/will ruin pictures late in the day. It will also ruin pictures if you're taking lights at night.

ALways keep your arms close to your body, it's kinda like shooting a rifle. If you have an elbo way out there, you're doing it wrong.

If you kneel to take a picture never put "bone to bone" it's unsteady and your picture will come out that way. Always put bone (elbo) into muscle, it will absorb it better and you will be much more steady.

When it comes to expensive cameras... it isn't what the body can do, it's all about the glass. If you use a kit lens, you will have less than desirable results than someone who didn't. (as long as the person who didn't knows how to use theirs)

cottncandykoala 05-03-2010 12:18 PM

I never use flash unless I have to. As My2Geldings said above, I would definitely recommend reading the manual all the way through, and back again if you're not already familiar with your camera. Use the rule of thirds (divide the picture into a grid with 9 squares and try to focus the subject on one of the cross points) and just have fun. Be creative, get down on the ground, experiment with different angles, climb into a tree or on a ladder or something and take pictures from above. Experiment all the time. You can always delete pictures. Take multiple photos of basically the same thing; there's a big chance two or three will turn out badly. (blurry, crooked, etc) Please, post some pictures so we can see your unique styles...I love looking at other people's photos. (:

TaMMa89 05-03-2010 02:18 PM

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Originally Posted by cottncandykoala (Post 623085)
Take multiple photos of basically the same thing; there's a big chance two or three will turn out badly. (blurry, crooked, etc) Please, post some pictures so we can see your unique styles...I love looking at other people's photos. (:

That's a great piece of advice.

I've found that if you take 10 photos, perhaps 1 or 2 of them turn out well :lol:.

cottncandykoala 05-03-2010 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by TaMMa89 (Post 623233)
That's a great piece of advice.

I've found that if you take 10 photos, perhaps 1 or 2 of them turn out well :lol:.

Hehe, same here. :lol: I hate it when I get a really good shot and it turns out blurry...Grrrrr

shmurmer4 05-03-2010 02:31 PM

There is no need to take multiple pictures unless youre using different effects or angles of an object. When you take the picture, you should know without a doubt that it is in focus before you activate the shutter.

cottncandykoala 05-03-2010 02:44 PM

Well, why not take multiple pictures, if you have a digital camera anyhow? It's easy to delete them, and I personally would rather be safe than sorry. Do you use film?

shmurmer4 05-03-2010 03:15 PM

I would rather walk 10miles and take 5 pictures total than take 500 medicore images in one spot.

I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity (sp?)

I shoot both digital and film.

There shouldn't be a safe or sorry to it, what you see in your viewfinder is exactly what your image will look like.

I apologize if I sound like a grumpy old person.

Ooh but today my d90 finally hit 500 shutter actions.
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