Photography takes years to master, but here are 6 quick tips to have you taking better pictures today.
Tip 1 – Get close to your subject
Your job while taking photos is to highlight your subject. An easy way of doing that is getting closer to your subject. Try getting as close as you can to your subject to get some detail.
You want to physically get close to the subject don't just zoom in. Zooming in won't give you the same look.
Tip 2: A Clean Frame
One tip that can really improve your shots immediately is watching for random objects in the background. A Random telephone pole coming out of someone's head can ruin a shot. Move around and place your subject in an uncluttered spot.
Tip 3: Patterns
Keep an eye out for patterns. They're an easy way to add texture to an image.
Pay attention to buildings, windows, patterns in walls, etc. You can get really creative looking for and shooting patterns.
Tip 4: Shoot from interesting perspectives
We see the world from eye level, so shake things up and change the perspective of your photos. Shoot low, shoot high, just experiment.
Tip 5: Straighten your lines
Stop, take a moment. Your subject is in focus, you background is clean and you're ready to take your shot. But, don't forget to check the horizon.
While it's easy to fix a crooked photo in post, it's more important to get it right in the camera.
Tip 6: Open up the aperture
Pictures generally look better with a subject in sharp focus and a nice blurry background. The best part is this effect is easy to pull off. Simply open your aperture as wide as it can go (small f-number) and get close to your subject with room behind them.
A cheap lens that will give great result is the Canon 50mm f/1.8 ($99)
If you follow these tips, your photography will take a huge leap forward. Try experimenting with one of these hacks per day. After you get used to thinking about each one, it'll become second nature.
Let me know if you've tried any of these in the comments below.