More and more people are developing a passion for photography. Whether landscapes, urban decorations, animals or portraits, we immortalize just about everything.
If the smartphone has contributed to the democratization of this medium, it limits our ability to crunch images breathtaking. For its part, a true digital camera requires a minimum of technique and training to take full advantage of it.
In order to know how to get high-quality shots, I asked some photographers to give us their pro tips.
Here are 8 tips for taking pictures like a pro.
FIND THE RIGHT DEVICE
The price does not mean everything. We must, first of all, determine the kind of photographer we want to be and understand that each range and type of models meet different needs.
If you want professional results, you choose a DSLR model for its superior image quality, the ability to change lenses and large format printing. They are however heavy, massive and less rapid. In a similar price, a category is hybrids, which have similar characteristics but are more compact. For less, a compact model will still offer much more beautiful images than a cell phone.
When it comes time to shop, remember that vendors in specialty stores are often more proficient than those in supermarkets to answer your questions and offer templates tailored to your needs.
TAMING YOUR DEVICE
The user manual of the device is a non-negligible reading for the neophyte. Private or group training will also accelerate learning. There are also several tips in tutorials on YouTube. Alexandre Champagne gives excellent advice in a series of videos.
It may take several weeks or even months to master a new device and enjoy it to its full potential. Instead of eliminating the worst taken at once, it can be a trainer to keep them for analysis on a computer. You will be able to see and understand your mistakes and you can always edit your picture if you want to, simply download HD wallpapers and edit both pictures to make a right picture
LEAVE ROOM FOR HIS INTUITION
If a good photo requires preparation, it also requires a dose of spontaneity.
LEAVE THE AUTOMATIC MODE
The small support wheels were handy when you learned to ride a bike, but you had to remove them to become a true cyclist. It’s the same in pictures. Thus, it is better not to rely too much on the automatic mode, but rather to explore all the possibilities of the device.
MASTER SOME BASIC NOTIONS
The diaphragm: it defines the amount of light that can pass for printing on the sensor.
Shutter speed: This determines the exposure time during which the light passes to allow printing.
Sensitivity: we are talking here about the ability of the sensor to be impressed by the light. Expressed in ISO, this means that when its value decreases, one gets closer to the natural sensitivity of the sensor and reduces the noise level in the photo. We must learn to play with the ISO to find the desired sharpness.
One of the most common mistakes is not to hold the device properly. It must be taken with both hands, the left hand supporting the lens from below and the right hand on the handle. By holding the device near you, elbows close to the body, you will also have more stability.
We can also consider accessories like the tripod for landscape photos or the monopod, smaller and easy to carry.
ADVANCING RATHER THAN ZOOMING
Zoom is a handy feature, but if you can get closer to your subject, do it. This will give an image of better quality.
A 15-MINUTE EXERCISE TO HELP YOU PROGRESS IN PHOTO
CLEAN THE DEVICE
It sounds obvious, but it’s always good to remember not to use any material to clean your front lens. Thanks, we avoid rubbing it with his sweater and we use a microfiber cloth.
It is important to carry out a cleaning occasionally, but for an in-depth maintenance of the case or a repair, it is highly recommended to leave it in the hands of an expert.
Sit in the middle of your environment (your garden, your balcony, the courtyard of your building …) and forbid you to take a photo for the next 10 minutes. Your only mission is to observe your environment.
I even advise you not to take photo equipment with you!
Observe, and imagine what photo (s) you might take:
→ What topic might be interesting?
→ Where does the light come from? How does it enlighten my subject?
→ What are the feelings inspired by this scene or this subject?
→ Have I observed all the details? Are there any details that could be an interesting photo subject?
2 / PLAN
Once you have spotted a topic, start thinking about your composition :
→ Which framing angle might be interesting?
→ How will I compose this image?
→ Could some details enrich my composition?
→ Can I use perspectives to give depth to my shot?
→ What settings can I use to vary the visual result of my photo? (more or less depth of field for example, or more or less light)
→ How can I convey in my image the emotions that I currently feel?
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Take mental pictures to practice visualizing.
Do not hesitate to move, to turn around your topic to possibly find interesting ideas from another point of view.
If necessary, look in the viewfinder of your camera to see if the frame would be interesting. But do not trigger.
3 / TRIGGER
Now that you have taken the time to observe your surroundings for 10 minutes, take 5 minutes to take the pictures you have imagined.
You will see that the reflection time you took previously will help you to photograph more effectively, either in terms of technique (composition, exposure settings) or the subjects photographed