How To Take Better Photographs – Capturing Beautiful Light And Great Moments

You’ve probably heard me talking about how important it is to get your photos right when you take them. What does this mean? Well it simply means not to rely on Photoshop to fix everything. Photoshop is great, and we need it, but it’s not a repair tool. It is a tool for enhancement.

You can improve your photography quite easily when you know a thing or two. I’ll share some creative ways to take photos in these photography tips. Firstly one of the best ways to take really interesting photos is to think about your light. Light has four major aspects to it; brightness, colour, contrast and direction.  Taking good photos depends on capturing the light in such a way where your photo looks clear and well exposed.

Another great photography tip I can share with you is always watch out for some key moments in time. Holiday snaps are nice and we all love them, but learning how to take stunning photos can depend on your ability to capture a defining moment. A defining moment might be when two elements come together to create one strong message.

Portraiture is a great way to master the technical aspects of lighting and create a strong message as well. You can photograph people interacting with each other, showing love and fondness or simply having fun. Candid portraiture is especially good for this. Taking candid photos of people is a great way to get into the habit of watching light and looking for a good story in your photos.

One great way to take stunning portraits is to bounce the flash off the ceiling. Nothing ruins a portrait quicker than a huge blast of unflattering white light in someone’s face. People tend to squint and find it such an intrusion. Instead, if you can, swivel the flash head to face the ceiling. When you take the photo your friend will be bathed in a lovely soft light. This soft light will enhance facial features, bring out naturally beautiful skin tone and bring life to their eyes.

Taking beautiful photos requires a solid understanding of light and how to create a story through your photo. If you truly want to improve your photography and discover what it takes to know how to take good photographs then patience and persistence are keys. Always analyse your own photos. It’s good to assess what you like, what worked, what didn’t and if you can learn from what you did. This is how I developed my skills and eventually things started to fall into place.

I am always happy to help you where I can.

Always examine light and how it's behaving to take stunning candid portraits.

About the Author

Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

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