Simple and practical tips on making better photos:
1. Use a flash
When you use the flash on your camera, you create more surreal photos.
I love shooting with a flash, because you never know what you’re going to get!
Furthermore, shooting with a flash helps simplify your photos, by adding contrast to your subjects, and causing them to pop out from the background.
As general tip:
Whenever you have the opportunity, always shoot a scene BOTH with (and without) a flash!
2. Simplify the background
You can simplify the background by holding your camera super high in the air and pointing downwards.
Or another tip is to shoot from a super low angle, and photograph your subject against the sky.
3. Get closer to your subject
By getting closer to your subject, you will make your subjects look more interesting and distorted.
Furthermore getting close to your subjects will make the photos far more intimate. The more intimate your photos, the more emotional response from your viewers. Thus, the more likely the photos will stick in the mind of your viewers.
4. Shoot against the sun
Often if you shoot against the sun, you can create dramatic effects (lens flare, silhouettes):
By shooting against the sun, you allow more interesting and random things to happen in your photos!
5. Photograph strong emotions and mood
Look for hand gestures, and scenes that you identify with emotionally.
For example for my SUITS book, I looked for miserable looking men in suits. It was a self portrait of myself, and how I felt when I had a 9-5 job.
Shoot hand gestures, or body language or facial expressions you feel evoke an emotional response.
6. “You don’t take a photo, you make it.”-Ansel Adams
To make a photo, you must post process your photos in a way which highlights the drama in your photo.
Remember, adding filters or processing is not “cheating”. That’s like saying a chef who uses spices and herbs is “cheating” (it is part of the artistry!)
Thus, have fun with post processing! Keep experimenting with it and have fun.
Experiment using Apple Photos, Adobe Lightroom, and VSCO.
The best photography compositions are the most simple.
Constantly strive to simplify your photos. Seek elegance and simplicity as an aesthetic.
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