Last months we have been doing a lot of photography for all sort of projects. There was a lot of trial and error going on, the fails were numerous but we learn a lot and we can see a big improvement in the final photos. A little bit of light here, a tinny filer in there and the differences are in plain sight. The 5 tips below are great if you are starting in home photography and need an extra tip.
1 – Select your photo props
Creating a composition of elements that make your subject pop up is a key trick to make your pictures look better. A picture looks more put together when the props are related with the subject you are shooting. Think about what items could bring up your subject best properties and gather elements that are related with it. If you are taking pictures of birthday cakes, candles and confetti would add some sparkle and help you create a party atmosphere. If it’s your garden that you want to take a picture from, add some garden gloves, rake and pots to get the effect you want. If filming children, particularly yours, their favorite toys or accessories, like headbands, favorite t-shirt even the family pet, would help your creating memorable pictures, that would bring back the nostalgia of that particular moment in time.
2 – The surrounds
Make sure you select the place where you are taking your pictures. If you are shooting indoors, in your bedroom or living room, keep it free from things that could draw the attention to itself, stealing the spot light from your subject. You baked a beautiful cake and decor it with icing. If the picture shows all the pots, pans, spatula and food mixer, your will end up looking to all the fuss in the back instead. Outdoors choose a location that is related with you subject and is not full of other similar subjects. You want a nice picture from your new car. A parking lot full of other cars will dilute your car presence and worst case scenario, there is other cars with bright colors that would outshine your new ride.
3 – Have your subjects ready
A new fish in your aquarium?Great time to update your fish tank portfolio. You take the first pictures and notice a few fingerprints in the glass. You go ahead and change the angle and notice that the bottom is not in it’s best appearance. All this fixing takes time that you could be using to capture your new fish first movements in the tank. Preparation is important: choose your children outfit head, comb your dog length, check your make up in different lights then… Note that sometimes we can only notice small imperfections like small stains in clothing or scratches in wall, after uploading the pictures to a laptop.
4 – Get your lights in a row
Light is everything. This can’t be said enough times. That’s why tv advertising is so bright. Day light is for free and looks great. Program you shootings during day, next to a window or a glass door so you can take most advantage of it. Avoid direct sun light because of the reflection and when photographing people because they will be uncomfortable, blink and frown when expose to direct sun light. A cloudy day is perfect because the lights will be diffused and shades won’t be so strong. If your house doesn’t have enough natural light, go outside and choose a spot where you feel comfortable and won’t have people showing up and crossing in front of your camera. The natural light will change during the day, get the most of it by observing the hour that best suits the location. Depending in your house sun exposure, different rooms can have best light in different hours of the day. Early morning can be good in one room and the afternoon in other.
5 – Take multiple shoots in different angles
You can create memorable pictures finding unusual angles. Point and shoot flatly makes your albums look more of the same. Unless you are shooting a subject development over the time. Shoot from above and from below, take profile pictures, focus in a detail of the subject that gives a peek of the whole, move your camera around till you find a new perspective. If the subject is moving, keep going till you got that beautiful spontaneous moment in camera. With time you will find what angles work best that work for you and improve your results.
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