ITS EASIER THAN YOU THINK
You won't need a high-end camera and an expensive lens to make a great photo. Every good photographer will tell you these important tips are used in every photo they take. Heck, you should be using these tips when taking photos with your iPhone. Implement these 5 basic but important tips.
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1. USE AVAILABLE LIGHT
A lot of times available light usually means natural sunlight. Like say, open the blinds or crack the shutters natural light. But it can also include an array of artificial light such as your dusty desk lamp that you never use or that overhead dining table light that you never turn on. Take a moment and position available light in the right spots and you will end up with professional looking photos without any additional flash equipment.
2. KNOW COMPOSITION
Looking at your subject and deciding where they should be placed in the frame will reflect good composition. Position your subject or move yourself to avoid clunky objects behind someones head.
3. USE FUN LIGHT SOURCES
If you notice a beautiful sunset reflecting off a window, use that lights reflection to create lighting that is unique and not always available. Try moving your subject into a beam of light at night to show depth and dark shadows.
4. KNOW WHICH DIRECTION TO SHOOT
Know your surroundings and keep in mind how light can affect shadows or wash out a persons face. Shooting with your subjects face to the sun will cause eye squinting and unnatural faces. Position them with the sun to their back and use a flash to fill in the soft shadows.
5. SNAP AT THE RIGHT MOMENT
Emotion, emotion, emotion. People usually benefit from emotion and your photography will too if you use it. What does an expensive camera capture with a careless emotion on someones face? As a photographer you need to know when to press the shutter button.