Photography without mistakes
How to enhance your compositions in photography
The mark of a beautiful photo is that it is well composed. Many things can be improved afterwards with an image processing programme - but some mistakes can only be avoided during the shoot itself. ifolor will show you how to create a great picture which might be ideal for use in a Wall decoration or Photo calendar from ifolor.
Paying attention to the background
Many things can be blended out in digital pictures - but when things are changed in the background afterwards, this is often noticeable in the end result. It's therefore important to pay attention to the background while taking the shot. If, for example, there is something dominating the picture, this will draw attention away from the picture's main focus. In other words: when taking the photo, ensure that attention is on the main motif and not distracted by bright colours or large objects.
Showing the subject properly
A person in front of a waterfall attracts attention because it is only through this that the scene's size is revealed. If the person is meant to be the focus of the picture, however, they also need to be a sufficient size in the picture. The main focus of attention should therefore take up the most space in the picture, be shown in a suitable format and be completely visible. The correct degree of proximity to and distance from the object must be found.
The right perspective
It can look exciting when an object is photographed from a completely different perspective. Watch out - extreme low-angle perspectives are not suitable for people, while an excessively high-angle view down onto a building can cause the lines of the structure to "converge". The lines of perspective in the picture are then no longer correct. You should therefore always make sure that you have a suitable perspective before shooting.
Making the picture more lively
If you want to achieve lively photos, you should not artificially pose the motif. It is better to take lots of targeted snaps when they arise - though not too quickly, because the picture could then be blurred by shake. Use the situation which has arisen and be prepared for it in advance. In the case of fixed objects, you can play with their symmetry by, for example, placing a symmetrical motif in the left or right third of the picture - or go into detail instead of simply photographing the whole building. Another way to make a picture lively and interesting is the use of focus depth. For example, you can allow the background to go out of focus and keep the main motif sharp.
Using the flash
Another frequent mistake is the incorrect use of the flash. Buildings do not need to be flashed, because the flash built into the camera cannot illuminate these anywhere near as much as you'd need. On the other hand, you should always use a flash when photographing people who have light behind them, so that they aren't obscured.
Moderate use of automatic programs
In addition to flashes, the automatic programs integrated into many cameras are also a tempting option. These can produce good results, but it's better to photograph the motif once with the programme and once without. This way you can decide afterwards which picture is better. The automatic mechanisms on your camera sometimes also use the flash wrongly or cannot vary the focus depth. You should therefore try out all the programs before using your camera, to see whether you really like the settings applied, before you get any nasty surprises after taking pictures.