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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.
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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.
 

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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.
 

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for beginners:
Rule of thirds
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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)
 

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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. :)
 

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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:.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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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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.
I think it's about picture quality. Personally I experience a display of camera (where you can preview pictures you've taken) is pretty small and then when you later open the pictures in your computer, you can see small, disturbing things related especially to technical issues that you didn't notice when you watched the picture from that display of your camera. Slightly shaken pictures, perhaps some small things that happened when you took the picture but which are too small to notice on camera's display. Perhaps it depends also on the camera you use, our is pretty basic and low quality (5.0 megapixels) so contions have to be pretty perfect if you want a good, sharp photo with it. There don't need to be that much, especially if you don't use a flash that camera usually takes a bit shaken pictures that you notice not before you see a bigger version of the pic. I usually try to ensure that I get even few good photos so I take multiple ones. It's also a great idea to change a cropping or angle view just a very bit and take several pictures about the same object so you can practise what looks good in photo, if you're just learning how to photograph.

But yes, that's all digital. It'd be pretty expensive to shoot film cameras that way :lol:.
 

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I think it's about picture quality. Personally I experience a display of camera (where you can preview pictures you've taken) is pretty small and then when you later open the pictures in your computer, you can see small, disturbing things related especially to technical issues that you didn't notice when you watched the picture from that display of your camera. Slightly shaken pictures, perhaps some small things that happened when you took the picture but which are too small to notice on camera's display. Perhaps it depends also on the camera you use, our is pretty basic and low quality (5.0 megapixels) so contions have to be pretty perfect if you want a good, sharp photo with it. There don't need to be that much, especially if you don't use a flash that camera usually takes a bit shaken pictures that you notice not before you see a bigger version of the pic. I usually try to ensure that I get even few good photos so I take multiple ones. It's also a great idea to change a cropping or angle view just a very bit and take several pictures about the same object so you can practise what looks good in photo, if you're just learning how to photograph.

But yes, that's all digital. It'd be pretty expensive to shoot film cameras that way :lol:.
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I don't believe in monkeying to start with :) For the reason that I stated earlier, when you activate the shutter... you see exactly what your photo will look like (with exceptions.)
 

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Well, seems we disagree that time :). For me it's a great way to learn how to photograph, especially if you change some extremely small detail in those pictures.

I'd add IMO it depends also on a thing you're photographing. I personally experience objectives and small arrangements close to you are easier but especially landscapes are harder, since all the details are so tiny there. I do a lot latter ones even I'd say I'm still practising some way.

I think the biggest reason my multiple photos is still our camera and how it works. You can predict a little what kind of photo it's when you check the display after taking that photo, but the final quality in the bigger version can be horrible.

ETA: My very personal view is that some arrangement, thing etc that looks pretty good in small scale when activating the shutter, doesn't perhaps look that good in bigger scale. That's also why I prefer multiple pictures (some small parts changed, like I said) when practicing.
 

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Same here...I have a Canon Rebel 300D, which was the first DSLR, if I'm not mistaken (can't be 100% sure on that) and it has a really small display. I've gotten many photos that look good on the display but suck when I view them on my computer screen.
 

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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)
Great advice.

Most importantly, snap as many shots as possible and figure out what works for you. Make sure you have fun with it, no matter what camera you're using! :D
 

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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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I disagree with this - the more pictures you snap, the better you'll get. Stand in one spot, snap some pics, and learn your settings. I'm assuming OP is shooting digital - there's no harm in shooting, learning, and going from there (and when I say shooting, I mean a lot - snap the hell out of that SLR at first).

I'll agree with Brandon when it comes to film...but I hate film and would never waste my time with it. If you're new to photography and want to experiment, then digital is the way to go (even though the up front cost is fairly significant).
 

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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.
OK last response in a row... LOL....

If you don't have an SLR, then that's ok for now (something to look forward to)! The biggest thing that makes my frames turn out, is originality and creativity. I look for shots that aren't your average "portrait". I can do that too, but when you see something that really inspires you and is maybe a little bit different then the traditional photography way of doing things - that's where you'll find me. Same applies to my cropping - I don't always want to go with status quo, and because of this, I come out with some really unique and original shots that many people are pleased with.

To each their own...photography is a very personal thing IMO. :)


PS: You can PM me if you'd like to see my site.
 

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Meh, maybe it is just me, I just go into a project knowing exactly what I want, the desired effect, etc.
 

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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..

PHOTOSHOP! And learning composition. Google the "rule of thirds".


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.

Point and shoots can do remarkable photos. Don't underrate them. I have won photography contests with one, though I mostly use a DSLR now.

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Right click on your photo icon and see if your computer has "open with..." Then check and see if it offers Microsoft picture manager. If it does, it has, under edit picture, a great resizing option. I use the 800x? size for all my web photos. Try it.

Good luck and PRACTICE!!
 
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