Some photography tips to help get good results.
Hold the camera steady and have your finger in a position to gently squeeze the button, to avoid camera shake, the killer of so many photographs especially with the small digital cameras.
Morning light and evening light are best. Strong sun can cause severe shadows.
Have yourself or a friend somewhere in your photos to add interest to the picture, some landscapes are better without a person in them you have to plan your composition to know what will be right.
When photographing people most photographs come out best if taken at eye level, we are used to looking at people that way. Ignoring this and taking shots from high or low can create some dramatic effects.
Place your subject in different parts of the frame not always in the centre.
Be aware of things growing from the subject’s head unless you want it done for the funny effect !
good idea for a thread here Bob!
Some things I consider when taking a shot:
- Will I be interested in seeing this when I get back or will it look like just another random shot of a cathedral, etc.. ? (digital photography has some unfortunate side-effects here!)
- What would happen if I took the photo from a meter to my side ?
- Hold still
- What in PARTICULAR interests me about what i'm seeing? - often a close-up of just that element will be far more interesting as a photo.
- How can I eliminate clutter from the photo? more often a photo is improved by what you are not including than by what you are including.
Just to add a little bit to what Bob and Peter said....
One thing I do while taking photographs is very simple: I wait. Obviously, if there is something that is going on that you want to capture right away, it's not the best technique, but if you have the time, taking a few extra seconds before clicking will allow you to re-examine how you've framed the photograph, maybe change the angle a bit, which can often dramatically change the whole image. It also helps to wait a little when taking portraits because it gives the person a little more time to relax in front of the camera, and you can get more natural-looking expressions.
Also, when in doubt, take multiple shots. Although it might bore you to photograph the same thing twice or three times, you'll stand a better chance of getting the shot you want.
My photo tips would be:
1) Look through photo magazines and books for photos taken by the pros, and see what make the picture good. Often it means composition. Once you develope an eye to see good composition, then most other items will fall in place - such as be aware of the background, lighting, special moment or condition, ect... With the digital technology, taking good pictures not is much easier. My "advice" for those who use digital is to take as may pictures of the subjects as you can, so it will give you a better chance to get a good one or two out of those shots - it won't cost you a dime for shots that we don't want to keep!
Figure out a way to show the size of what you are seeing...
For example I just looked at some of my sister´s pics from Europe. She had a picture of a statue with it´s arms crossed. She also had 6 people lined up in front of mimicking the statue. This allowed me to comprehend how large the statue was.
There's an old saying - f8 and be there
Especially in travel photography, when shooting landscapes, learn how to use the depth of field in your best interest.
If you have to shoot into the sun and you see little dots in your view finder hold your hand up like you would to block the sun from your eyes but do it to shade the camera lens. This prevents light prisms or whatever you would call them from showing up in your pictures. There are hoods you can buy to do this for you but that´s more equipment...