Photography Tips for Beginners

Every experienced photographer discovers small techniques to improve their work.  Those photography tips improve photography as a whole.  Are you one of those who has a tip to add to improve the photography world? Do you have a photography tip you’d like to share? Share your photography tips here. If you’re just looking for Photography tips you’ve come to the right place!

See the photo tips we’ve collected below:

Wedding Photography Tips

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  • Have your wedding couple pick a family member to keep the rest of the family in order while taking groups shots.  That way they can help keep things moving and get it done before anyone is too bored or frustrated.
  • When taking formal shots, continue taking shots after they think you are done.  Some of the best pictures come from those few moments after a formal pose when everyone relaxes.
  • Have a location in mind so that you can plan for the lighting before you are there trying to take the official pictures.
  • Make sure you catch the small details, the little touches that make that wedding unique and personal.
  • The best way to get someone to smile naturally at you is for you to smile at them.

Digital Photography Tips

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  • Buy a UV Filter and keep it on your camera always. This prevents the lens from getting scratched.
  • The flash your camera has isn’t just for the inside, dark shots.  By using the flash outside, you stop shadows from appearing where you don’t want them, such as under the nose or eyes.
  • Even if you have a camera that doesn’t use filters you can still get those same ‘filter’ effects by using a pair of sunglasses to cover the lens.
  • When taking a picture, there is a subject and a background.  Don’t forget one and focus completely on the other.  The tendency is to focus on getting the subject just right. Then, after you take the picture, you discover there is a spire that looks likes it’s growing out of your subject’s head.  Pay attention to both.
  • Your background can detract from the rest of your picture if it is too busy or cluttered.
  • It’s instinctual to put your subject in the middle of your picture but try off setting it.  An off-center picture can be very eye-catching too.
  • When making candid shots, switch your camera over to its continuous shooting mode so that instead of taking only one picture at a time it will take a series of shots that will help make sure you get that perfect one.

Portrait Photography Tips

Portrait Photography Tips
  • Give the person you are shooting something to hold on to.  With their hands full they can’t nervously fidget and it gives their mind something else to focus on.
  • Have your subject sit down, it creates a more casual atmosphere that they will naturally relax in.
  • Laughter is one of the best ways to diffuse a tense subject and let them just be themselves.
  • Keep it simple.  Complex doesn’t always translate into an amazing picture.
  • When you shoot a picture slightly below your subject’s eye line there is a captivating quality that is captured in the picture.
  • To give your shot balance, angle the person’s shoulders slightly, this will ease the viewer’s eye into the central focus.  Squared shoulders causes your subject to look out of proportion.