Photography: 5 advices for your shots
We often photograph fantastic subjects, situations that tell a story, but we don’t always succeed in bringing them out to the maximum due to small precautions that we do not pay attention to thus ruining the shot. Here are 5 tips for your photographs, especially for your shots.
Right light – Photography comes from the Greek words “write with light”. An expert photographer knows at a glance the color, intensity and balance of light on the scene before taking a picture. In the middle of summer or on the snow, for example, it is necessary to avoid the midday light which is the most intense and “hard”: better to shoot in the early morning or in the second afternoon. Furthermore, there should never be shadows on the face in portraits, even those of the group: it is sufficient to move the subjects a little compared to the sun.
Subject by subject – The girlfriend, the view in the background or that beautiful sunset sky. Framing too many elements, putting too much meat “on fire” is the most common mistake. A beautiful photo always brings out the subject. In an overview or in an environment photo you should concentrate on a limited number of details, discarding all possible “visual distractions”, moving the frame or adjusting the zoom. Whoever looks at the photo should immediately understand what the subject is, or what you wanted to capture at that moment.
The level – When shooting a person of small stature, or in any case close to the ground such as, for example, a child or an adult lying on the beach, it is always necessary to lower yourself to the same height. The best result is obtained when the camera is “in line” with the subject. In a second, you could also experiment with a little framing from below, for example to streamline the full-length photo of a person who is not too tall.
Unsuspected colors – If you photograph someone who is swimming on the shore from the beach, for example, “strangely” the face will turn blue, or even orange, which is the complementary color of the blue of the water. It depends on how the automatisms of the camera read the “color” of the light and try to make it coincide with the vision perceived by our brain, which compensates for the dominant tones. The advice is to avoid, when possible, that the subject in the photo is close to backgrounds, or large objects, very colorful and that reflect the light in an altered way, such as the sea and a very intense, glossy or light colored wall.
Adjustment of thirds – When photographing a panorama you should follow a rule more difficult to explain than to apply. You have to imagine, shortly, the framing divided into three horizontal slices of equal height. The subject that interests you, that is the sky or the one below, must always occupy exactly two thirds, leaving the last third to the one that interests less. The photo will thus be more balanced and pleasant.