Recently I posted an article about leaving your camera at home. I know your family and friends may be disappointed if you don’t send them any photos so here are some ways to make a few photos go a long way.
These tips are meant to help you create great photos so that you feel like you have enough great pictures to put your camera away and enjoy the moments.
Tip 1: Only take a photo if the lighting is right
Even with Photoshop, there is only so much you can do to an over-exposed image and hard shadows. On over-exposed image is a result from too much light and hard shadows create distractions on peoples faces. If you are unsure of what I am talking about, go and look at the face of someone in a National Geographic magazine – do you see any shadows on their face, in fact, are there shadows at all?
One rule of thumb to make sure you have the right lighting is to take photos when there is an overcast. No clouds in sight? Try an evening or early morning shot when the shadows can be avoided.
Tip 2: Take a picture of something other than who you look at in the mirror everyday
If you are trying to share the place or the experience, then take a picture of that. Selfies are fun, especially when you are trying to brag on snapchat and we all love getting pictures of our friends making funny faces, but we save pictures of places and experiences.
If the purpose of taking the photo is to share it with others, then think of what they would love to see the most. Maybe your grandma does want a picture of you, but if you are going to be in the shot, at least make it a photo of you doing something amazing.
Tip 3: Recognize angles and depth before you press the button
One of the biggest mistakes people do when they are taking pictures is that they take it from an angle that doesn’t get the full picture, or they zoom in so much that they lose the story that comes from the surrounding area.
Before you take the picture, ask yourself “what makes this moment worth taking a picture?” Once you have answered that question, then take a picture of the answer. The whole answer.
What do you think? Does creating a few amazing pictures make it easier for you to put the camera away? How about your photo experience and tips? Share them with us in a comment below.