Are you looking forward to a summer vacation? Are you a keen photographer who wants to learn more and hone your skills? If so, this simple guide will help to ensure you return from your break with stunning family shots.
Many people now rely on their phones to take photos quickly and easily. However, the reality is that using a good quality camera will almost always produce better prints. If you’re passionate about photography or you’re desperate for some nice family shots, it’s a good idea to start by investing in some kit.
Choosing the right camera
If you search online for cameras, you’ll be greeted with hundreds of different brands, models and types within seconds. This means that buying a camera can be a bit of a minefield. The best thing to do is to visit a retailer and ask an expert for advice based on your budget and the kind of photographs you want to take. Once you have the camera, you can then think about adding accessories, such as a Canon EF24-105mm lens or a tripod.
Read the manual
This may sound obvious, but when you’ve got a new camera, it can be tempting to get it out and start clicking away without delay. Take some time to read the user guide and learn all about the impressive features and shooting modes. Generally speaking, you can stick to the ‘auto’ button if you’re not doing anything fancy. However, it’s always beneficial to be aware of your camera’s selling-points to get the most out of it.
Think about the subject
When taking a photo, the subject is the most important consideration. If you’re photographing your kids, for example, ensure they are centre-stage in the window. Position them away from any eyesores, move closer to them and choose a neutral background. You don’t want to end up with a gorgeous shot of your children with an ugly building or some graffiti behind them.
Pay attention to light
Light can make a significant difference to the quality of your photographs. If it’s too dark or too light, you may end up with distorted images. The flash will help as the light starts to fade, but you won’t usually be able to get quality images when it’s very dark. Avoid pointing your camera into direct sunlight, as this will blur the photos. Aim to take photographs with the sun behind you.
Use your timer
We’ve all been there, turning the camera around trying to take an old-fashioned version of a selfie. The reality is that this approach barely ever works, but there is a solution. A timer will enable you to set your shot and get everybody in. You can use a tripod or place your camera on a flat ledge if you don’t have one with you. When you’re ready, put your timer on and then get into the portrait. Seconds later, you should see a flash and hopefully, you’ll have a photo to treasure. Some cameras have a multi-shot feature, which enables you to try some different poses.
Follow these simple steps to improve your photography skills and capture beautiful, timeless images.