Want to take amazing pics? Elevate your photo-taking skills with these nifty tips from a photographer.
Do you have hundreds (or maybe thousands) of photos on your phone that you love, but you know they’re not the best? Perhaps they’re a little dark or out of focus. And you’re thinking of deleting them but you want to keep the memory. Or maybe you’ve captured moments so special you wish your photos did them justice. Fret not, help is here. We’ve got a few simple photography tips you can use to upgrade your images. No special camera equipment required!
Easy photography tips to take the best photos
1. Capture a unique perspective
Think out of the box. Besides shooting from eye level, you can also get right above your subject or take pics from below. The next time you’re photographing someone, stand up on the sofa, bed or chair, and snap that pic while looking down at them. If you’re photographing outside, try getting right down on the ground and pointing your phone upward so the sky is in the background.
Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to experiment! Photograph the same scene from different angles and see which ones you prefer.
2. Frame your shots like a pro
Using frames is a great way to draw the viewer’s eye to your subject. Doorways and windows are both great options. The next time you’re inspired to show your face on your feed, try leaning against a doorway. Shooting through one can offer an interesting perspective.
Pro tip: You can also use changes in colour to frame your subject.
3. Catch that movement
Have your subject spin, jump, walk, run or scoot. It’s also a great way to shake off any front-of-camera nerves. What’s your model’s favourite activity? Choose a spot next to a big window or in the shade outside and ask them to do their best! If they pose for you multiple times, you can capture it from various angles. This way, it’ll look more candid and natural.
Pro tip: You’ll need lots of light to capture clear photos with fast movement. If the images appear fuzzy or blurry, try bringing your model closer to the window or go outside.
4. Use cool foreground elements
It’s a great way to draw your viewer’s eye to the subject and add interest to the frame. Do you work in your favourite coffee shop? Think about what you can use with things that are around you. Are you doing a casual shoot at home? Ask someone to capture a photo of you through the window or with a plant in the foreground.
Pro tip: You can use furniture like desks, lamps, books or doorways as foreground elements when photographing at home.
5. Colour up your world
It’s a great (and easy!) way to make your photos pop. Do you have a top, pants or jacket in a striking shade? Wear it! Or look for a vibrant, colourful wall in your neighbourhood. Even if you’re more of a neutral hues sort of person, having a few tiny pops of colours will give your photos added variety.
Pro tip: If you’re planning to feature multiple people in the photo (for example, a family photo), try laying out all your clothes on your bed the night before. If anything clashes, switch it out for denim or a white, navy or neutral option.
6. Make it fun with props
Hats, scarves, notebooks, books, balloons, umbrellas… the options are endless. Anything you use and love can be a great photo prop, including your pets or kids. For example, if you’re capturing photos for your business, think about all the different tools you use as part of your work and how you can incorporate them into your photos. We all love to see behind-the-scenes images!
Pro tip: If you’re photographing for your business, accessories and props are a great way to bring your brand colours into the photos.
7. Look for the light
There’s a reason why photographers are always talking about light. Having beautiful light is the best way to ensure you capture photos you’ll love. Front light, which falls on your face when you face a window, or side light on your profile are both great options. Before you start snapping, take a few moments to notice where the light comes from and which angle looks most flattering. Simply turn your camera to selfie mode and spin slowly on the spot – the difference in light will become clear.
Pro tip: Overhead light is universally unflattering. I always make sure I turn off overhead lights before I start photographing in any room.
With these photography tips, you can take the best pics of your friends, family, food and everything else!