As they say “For taking great pictures, its not the camera but the eye behind it !”. Well, its true because no matter which camera you are using, you won’t be able to make a good picture if you cannot discern what to capture. Once you have that ability, it all comes to what things to take into consideration while capturing the frame. This article is meant for absolute beginners who wish to turn themselves into a good photographer and take amazing photos.
One of the greatest frustrations new photographers encounter as I did few years back is that when I got back to my computer and pulled images off the camera, the results were nothing like the ones I imagined it would be. But I overcame that during the course of time and many professional photographers from India, Germany & USA helped me to evolve as a professional photographer.
So after years of experience, we have pulled out various photography tips and a quick guide that will assist you getting your desired images out of your camera.
Rule of thirds:
Ever wondered why the viewfinder or the live view on your camera displays a 9 box grid while taking a photograph? Well, it is to help you with capturing a frame with a good composition. It is for the “rule of thirds”. The Rule of Thirds is probably the most often referenced photography ‘rule’ of photographic composition. The fundamental principle behind this rule is to break down the frame into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) by drawing imaginary lines or taking reference from grid being displayed on your screen; so that you have 9 parts. In order to make a good balanced composition the subject is to be placed along these lines or at intersection points as shown below.
Image: This image by Akshansh Garg won Fotoforum International Photography Award, Germany in 2014
This often creates a sense of balance, making the image not too static — and a sense of complexity — without making the image look too busy. But rules are meant to be broken. This means that in order to get a good framing and balanced photograph it is not essential to abide by the rule of thirds but this is the case only when you know what you are doing!
Don’t go for most expensive camera:
Start using M Mode:
Well, with the always evolving technology, new cameras whether it is point n shoot or DSLR, they are coming with smart auto exposure functionality which allows the user to not be worried of the light conditions at all and the camera sensor will do just fine to capture a great shot. But, is this going to help you to take desired results from your camera? For eg: During an evening time, you wish to take a nice evening picture when light is not too bright but you are getting frustrated with the result your camera is producing?
Adequate balance is important in any picture to have a good composition. But what does these balancing elements mean? Well, in order to make the picture more interesting , a proper balance is required and these balancing elements can be colors, space, large against small, dark against light, shape, texture etc.
Not only architectural photography , but any kind of photography required symmetry in photographs for good composition.
In order to generate interest in the subject different viewpoints can be handy to display the frame from another perspective. For eg. some pictures may be appealing when taken from front but sometimes adding a unique perspective, a different camera angle might add more to it. This can only be achieved after some experience when your ability to perceive things will change as the time will progress. So, keep experimenting! Check out the below bird view image of Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia: