It is great that you are interested in photography. It is a field with many techniques to learn, from how to use your camera to styling a shot. However, finding what works for you can be quite difficult, given the personal nature of photography. The tips below can help give you some suggestions.
Physically move closer to the subject in order to get a better picture. Getting close allows you to avoid distracting backgrounds, and nicely frame your subject. It will also help you notice facial expressions, which are important factors for all portrait photographers. Camera image sensors are only so good, so long-range shots sacrifice detail.
Keep your picture-taking process as simple as you can. Photographs can capture something wonderful, even without knowing how a single setting works.
Contrary to popular belief, gorgeous, sunny days are a photographer’s worst nightmare. You can’t take proper photographs if you or your subject is standing directly in the sun’s path. One or both of you will be uncomfortable, and the sun’s glare can make your subject difficult to see in the finished photograph. Direct sunlight creates awkward shadowing, as well as annoying glares. If you face your subjects into direct sunlight, they will squint and take unattractive pictures. If you can, try late evening or early morning lighting to shoot in when outside.
An important factor in photography composition, is framing. Eliminate objects that take away from your subject matter by zooming in on the main focal point. This can get rid of all the focal points you don’t want, and keep clutter out of your photographs.
Practice using manual adjustments to the white balance in your photographs. Often, incandescent bulbs commonly found in homes and businesses result in a yellow tinge to photographs taken indoors. By changing the white balance feature on your camera this will be reduced and you will notice a whole different quality to your photographs. This will improve the quality of your pictures, giving them a more natural appearance.
A slightly blurred background is better for shots of people. When you don’t blur the background, it becomes harder for a viewer to focus on the subject. Make sure there is a distance between the subject and the background to get this effect.
Photography techniques include many ways, whether in-camera, in the darkroom or with photo-manipulation software, to edit and improve your shots. Through exploring them, you may find some that work well for you, and others that don’t. Every photographer is different. Ideally, you will be in a much better position to take great pictures after reading this advice.