This week we focused a lot on photography and how we can improve our photography skills by just doing the little things. Just by simply thinking about what you are doing before you take the picture and doing some preparation you can make your pictures look better for your target audience. Every photo comes with and uses a story, and if that is emphasized and captured in the pictures you take than it will help improve the quality of your photographs. Alan Levine explains in his book “TEN: Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involve Buying Gear” that besides including a story in your photographs there are a few simple tips and tricks that can be used to improve the quality of photographs.
The tips and tricks that I thought were the most important were:
Create depth: “Play with foreground, lines, use of wide angle lenses, and use of backgrounds.” The most important thing that I found from this was to be creative in the work that you create, as well as adding depth to your photographs. The sense of depth allows for the picture to be more engaging and allows for my pictures to look more professional and thought out.
Look to the Light: It is important to know where the light is in your picture so that you don’t end up with shadows, or unwanted strong light. Good light can make every photo have better quality, but bad lighting can make a good picture look bad. It may be beneficial to take test photos to ensure the lighting is good before proceeding with the main photos.
But a Great Foreground in Front of a Great Background: “Pay attention to the near and far.” Both the foreground and background of a photo can catch the eye of the viewers, and it is important to make sure that they are both accounted for in any photograph.
When taking the pictures for my Photoblitz I discovered that it is easier said than done to use these tips. After reading the article I felt like I was a better photographer right away, but as I went out to take the pictures I had a harder time than I thought putting these tips to use creating good quality pictures. With more practice, I hope that these steps will become habits, and will further improve my picture taking abilities.