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5 Top Tips for better images

#1 Rule of thirds…

So, you’ve heard the term rule of thirds being discussed but what is it and how can it change your images? Imagine four lines, two horizontally across an image and two vertical creating nine even segments. There are some images that will look best with the focal point in the center square, but by placing the focal point off center will often create a more visually appealing composed photograph. When an image is composed using the rule of thirds the eyes will wander the frame making it more appealing to the eye

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#2 Avoiding blurred images...

Camera shake or blur is something that can ruin a photography trip and if not careful all those images you took. There are some ways to avoid this though. Firstly you should to learn how to hold your camera properly and steadily. Use both hands, one around the camera body and one around the lens and hold the camera close to your body for support. Pulling your elbows in to your torso helps steady the arms. Secondly you should try and make sure you are using a shutter speed that is equivalent to the lens focal length. So if you’re using a 50mm lens, then your shutter speed should be no lower than 1/50th of a second. Thirdly try using a tripod or monopod whenever possible. If you do not have a three legged friend then use a wall, tree or sturdy surface to stabilise the camera.

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#3 Playing with shutter speed...

Don’t be scared to experiment with differing shutter speeds to create some great effects. When taking images at night use a tripod and try capturing with the shutter speed set at 3 seconds or longer. The movement of the subject is captured along with light trails if they exist. If you chose a faster shutter speed of say 1/500th of a second, if there was light present and moving you may not even register a trail. Instead you would freeze the action. This type of photography works well when using a tripod and if you are photographing a moving object. For the image below the camera was mounted on a tripod and securely tied to the rear seats of the car. A remote trigger releases was used to open the shutter.

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#4 Foreground...

There is so much stunning scenery around to photograph but sometimes an image needs a little helping hand to entice the viewer into the photograph and guide them through to the focal point you had in mind as the main interest. We do this by adding a foreground interest and particularly in landscape images trying to incorporate lead in lines that the eye will naturally follow though the image.

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#5 The golden hour...

If you’re getting serious into photography then you have no doubt heard this term already. The golden hour or sometimes called the "magic hour", is roughly the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset, although the exact duration varies depending on the season. During these times the sun is low in the sky, producing a soft, diffused light which is much more appealing than the harsh midday sun that so many of us are used to shooting in. The only downside means early mornings and late nights in the Summer months!

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I hope you enjoyed the blog and you can use some of this in practice and improve your photography further.

Above all though, the most important thing is to have fun and with the advent of the digital camera you can shoot more and more images at no extra cost! 


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