by MIRIAM SANDERS and CHRIS TERCERO
Photography Editor and Promotions Editor
Nowadays, everyone is posting their beautiful photos that they have taken on Instagram and other social networks, and you’re wondering why you can’t seem to recreate their perfect shot. There is no need to panic! You don’t even need a fancy camera for creating a perfect shot. Soon, you will be snapping photos left and right, posting them everywhere, and people will soon ask how you created this well-composed photograph. You can just smile at them, and reply “I read the tips on the Dig online.”
1. Remember the rule of thirds. It is important for you to compose a photo in the rule of thirds. For those of you who do not know what the rule of thirds, imagine your viewfinder divided into thirds both vertically and horizontally, so you have a total of nine boxes. Place the subject of the photo on one of the intersections. If you are photographing a person, ensure there is some space above the head.
2. Keep a steady hand. For a well-composed photograph, you don’t want your hand to be moving drastically. Even the slightest movement can ruin a photo. To help your shaky hands, you can use a tripod, or use surfaces around you as tripods. Your body is moving at all times, even when you don’t realize it, so if you lean against a hard surface, you will minimize movement, creating a better photo.
3. Learn how to use the basics of Photoshop. Photoshop is very useful for you to use when you want to make a few changes to your photo. You can look up how to use photoshop online or watch how to videos on YouTube. Every photo could look better using photoshop because cameras sometimes don’t get the color, saturation, or sharpness right.
4. Clean the lens of your camera. If you have dirty lens, the quality of your photo will be terrible. There might be water spots or fingerprints on your lens which could show up on your photograph. No one likes a huge fingerprint on their photograph. When you clean your lens, do not just use soap and water. Instead, use proper camera cleaner. You can buy camera cleaner from any camera store.
5. Look at what you are about to take. Before you take a photo, look in your viewfinder. You want to make sure you know what you are about to take before you press the button. You cannot just randomly take a photo. If you go with the philosophy that unplanned photography is the best, your photography is probably out of focus, not in the frame, and poorly composed.
6. Decide whether it will be a portrait or a landscape photo. Portrait photographs are vertical and landscape photos are horizontal. Decide which way you want your photo to face. When you have decided this, turn the camera to create a portrait or landscape photo.
7. Learn how to frame. When framing your photo it may take a little bit to get it just right. Try to make the eye focus on the main point in the photo. You could try giving depth perception by putting something else to focus on that is closer. If you are taking a picture of a landscape or of architecture, try to get a focal point in on the rule of thirds so people can have something to look at.
8. Angle your camera. When taking a photo, don’t always go straight for the easiest way to take a photo. Take risks and angle your camera differently. Also when you are taking photos, angling the camera just right could make a memorable photo. Try to get as much of the surrounding area into your photo as possible.
9. Know when to use the flash. The flash is sometimes necessary in situations of low light. Do not always depend on the flash because sometimes the flash can ruin the natural looking photo. The flash can help light up an area so that what you are photographing is not in the dark.
10. Practice. Your skills as a photographer will improve the more you take photographs. You will progressively see your photographs get better. It has been said numerously that practice makes perfect, and this is definitely true for photography.
Woah! Your photographs belong in a gallery! You are so amazing now! These tips really have improved your photography. You may now post your photos on Instagram confidently, and your friends will envy your professional, well-composed photographs. Keep on taking pictures, Miners.