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Make Your Photographs Better: 4 Easy Tricks to take Better Pictures Now

Updated on June 17, 2017
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Everyone knows that one person who take better photographs than everyone. They are the person that, even though they have not had any educations on photography, is able to take the picture where everyone wants a copy. Whether they are photographing a landscape, birthday party, or food, they are able to capture a great photo. Following a few simple rules, you will be able to increase the quality of your own images.

Exposure

Exposureis the amount of light that hits the sensor of film in your camera. It is what determines if the photograph is light or dark. If exposure is too high, then it is too bright, and everything looks washed out. If a picture is too low, the photograph is underexposed. The highlights are not shown, and everything look too dark. Most point and shoot cameras adjust for this automatically, but it may not be perfect. Some colors may still be washed out. Finding your camera's exposure setting will help to adjust for the light. You can expose for the brightest part of the picture, and use the flash to illuminate the rest.

Composition

The photograph composition is another very important element in taking photos. If your subject is directly in the middle of your photo, the photograph is generally boring. The eye also has a hard time focusing on the subject. When taking a photograph of a subject, place it around top or bottom of the photograph 1/3 of the way, and to the right or left of the picture 1/3. Eyes of a person or animal should be placed on a top line. All horizon lines should not be in the middle, but should instead be placed on a top or bottom 1/3 line. The eyes of a person should be at a 1/3 line.

Straight Lines

A slightly unlevel photograph will make the viewer uneasy, as it is an unnatural composition. Make sure that the composition is level using a bubble level. There are usually lines right in the view finder that will make this process easier, as you can line them up with objects in the environment. Making the photograph straight improves the overall quality of the image.

Framing

The point where the photograph cuts people off is very important. Cutting off at the joints is rarely a good idea; it is best to make the edge of the photograph between joints. If the whole body is in the photography, you should keep the whole head. Any subject of a photograph should have room to breath, otherwise the picture will look claustrophobic and cluttered. By zooming in or out, you can easy adjust the framing. It is best to add a little more room around the subject, as cropping can be done easily after the picture is on a computer.

By adjusting exposure, framing a photograph correctly, making sure the photograph is straight, and putting your subject in the right place in your photograph, you will enhance the quality of your pictures. Instead of being the person who is always wondering how the good pictures are taken, you can be the person taking them.

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    s.wilson 5 years ago

    Thanks for the reads!

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    jimmar 5 years ago from Michigan

    Some quick and useful tips. Thanks.

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    Brandonwm80 6 years ago from Columbus Ohio

    good hub I enjoyed reading.

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    Naomi's Banner 6 years ago from United States

    Great information. Very easy to understand. You make photography sound very simple. Thanks for making it simple. Good job!