You don’t have to be a professional to take great photographs. Follow the tips below and you will be well on your way to creating amazing photographs:
Fancy equipment does not make a better photographer.
It has often been said the best camera to shoot with is the one you have on you. Be it camera phone, point and shoot or DSLR, they all do the same thing, make pictures. You are the one who gives your images vision. Learn how to us what you have really well, then upgrade to a better camera.
Carry your camera with you daily.
There is nothing worse than missing a great shot, milestone or moment because you left your camera at home. Get into the habit of carrying your camera with you so you can shoot on the fly. This is hands down the most important thing a beginning photographer can do.
Photograph the everyday.
Great photography is often built on small moments and familiar surroundings. Start to look at your home and your yard differently. When was the last time you paid attention to the way the light comes in your living room window in the morning? Capture that. Try your hand at shooting the flowers in your backyard from different angles. What seems to be uninteresting and ordinary is often the best thing you can photograph and grow your skills.
Look for inspiration on Flickr.
Flickr offers a wealth of photography inspiration. If you are not sure what kind of photography you are interested in, check out all the great pictures professional and hobbyist photographers are uploading every day. You can also join many of the groups on Flickr and participate in monthly photo challenges.
Learn the Rule of Thirds, then break it.
To understand the Rule of Thirds, imagine breaking your image into nine equal parts horizontally and vertically. The idea behind this is you place points of interest where the lines intersect. Granted, you will create lovely images by following the rule of thirds, but you will also create images with great tension and interest by breaking the rules. Experiment. That is what learning photography is all about.
Take a lot of photos regularly.
Try to shoot a picture everyday. One way to do this is by joining a photo-a-day project. Not only will you improve your photography, but you will also create a wonderful portfolio of work.
So, keep shooting and enjoy the process!
**All photographs taken by Lucrecer Braxton**