[Top 5] Still Photography tips for newbies

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Photography is a burgeoning field of interest these days, and if you look around, you will see that almost everyone owns a camera these days and that too, a high-end one. Unlike old times, the digital revolution has made photography an affordable hobby for all. However, getting an expensive camera and supporting gear does not mean that your pictures will look amazing. Beautiful pictures require a creative aptitude, quite a deal of thought and clear concepts about what do you want your picture to look like. I am, hereby, sharing few simple techniques which may help your pictures stand out from the rest.

Still Photography tips for newbies

Keep it simple, silly

Keep it simple

One thing every novice photographer should keep in mind is to keep the backdrop simple. Complex textures such as ridges and wrinkles take the focus away from the main subject; however, if the texture is integral to the composition, then it is a different deal. You need to make sure that your subjects speak more than the backdrops else the effect is going to topple.

Contrast lighting for better results

Use contrast lighting for better results

While using external lights - whether speed lights or strobes of LEDs, you need to pay attention to the deal that the ratios of the different lights vary from each other. This means that the intensity of different lights should vary according to their purpose. The key light should be the strongest, the secondary a bit softer than the key light. The effects light should just have a hint of its presence. The play of the lights, if properly executed will not only make your subject stand out in the frame but also make your photo look extremely professional and beautiful. Similarly the side light is used to define the dimension of the subject. It differentiates the subject from the background and gives a three-dimensional look to the picture. Side light can be used while you are shooting, floral arrangements, rings or table top photography.

Attention to angles makes the picture more edgy

Pay attention to angles

The two major points to be kept in mind while learning studio or controlled light photography are the relation or position of the subject from the light, and the position angles of the subject from the camera. You need to get an interesting angle along with differentiating light. Don't be coy while experimenting with the angles; you might as well come up with some nice new shots. Your picture is the best place to get a perspective, and if you get a funky then there is no doubt that your picture will come out looking all pro.

Use light to get the shape

Use light to get the 3D effect

In real life, our vision sees things in three dimensions. In photography, to give the subjects that third dimension, the use of light is cardinal. You need to strategically place lights so that the subject stands out and the framing gets a 3-D feel.

Get close to the subject

Get close to the subject

Do not be afraid to take a close-up shot. Balance your framing and get rid of unnecessary spaces. Close up shots can be fun and can be experimented well.


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