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5 quick tips for taking better photos

22nd March 2017

This guide will give you tips to help you to make the most of your camera and get the best shot every time.

Despite the abundance of photo editors that are available, it is always better to capture the best shot possible in the moment, rather than try to ‘fix’ it later through editing and filters. Try these simple steps to capture better photos.

1. Think before you shoot. One of the most important rules in photography. Take your time to frame your shot. Move around your subject, try low and high angles, rearrange objects and make use of your environment to frame your shots. This can make even a dull subject look more interesting.

Bridge

2. Apply the rule of thirds. People tend to find that pictures are more appealing when they adhere to the rule of thirds. Use the camera’s gridlines to help you, and you’ll soon be able to visualise thirds without this aide. Try to line up your subjects or horizon on one of the thirds. This helps to balance the different elements of the photo.

Rule of thirds

3. Use leading lines. Use natural lines in the environment to lead the eye into the centre of your photo. These create depth and interest. Unless you are creating an abstract shot, avoid lines that go off the edge of your photos as these pull your eyes away and can be distracting.

Train tracks

4. Light up your subject. Natural light creates the most flattering images, but if the light is too low, it can cause your image to blur. If you must shoot in low light, place your phone on a stable surface and set up the timer to avoid camera shake. Light up your subject from the side, rather than head on and avoid the flash if possible, as this can over-expose subjects and create unwanted shadows.

Portrait of a young girl

5. Play with shadows and silhouettes. Shadows can give depth and interest to your image. The sun creates the longest shadows when it is at its lowest. These are the called the ‘golden hours’ and occur around dawn and dusk. Having your subject stand in front of your light source and shooting towards it can create interesting silhouettes.

Shadows