Taking Better Photos

It's easy to take photos. You literally push a button on your phone or digital camera and ta-da, you are a photographer. But lets say you want your photos to be better. How do you get there? Here are my tips on how to get better at taking photos.
1. Lighting - Start noticing the world around you. Look how the highlights and shadows look on a cloudy day and how they look on a sunny day. A big part of photography is lighting. Why? Because photographs are literally light traces on paper or a screen. So be intentional with your lighting. If you don't have good lighting or know how to manipulate what you have then your photographs will show that. The image below was taken at what us in the biz like to call the "golden hour" because it literally makes everything that beautiful golden color. 
2. Subject Matter - Another important aspect of photography is your subject. A dead dandelion will continue to be a dead dandelion even if you have the best lighting situation and composition. Which leads me to my next tip. 
3.  Composition - How do you know if you should put the subject in the middle of the shot or to the right or left? There isn't a right and wrong way to handle composition. There is definitely a more appealing look depending on what you are shooting but in general it's up to you to decide what is interesting. There is a guide to help that's called "Rule of Thirds." I've demonstrated below what the rule is visually. Basically, you want to align a subject within one of the intersection points.
4. Color - While I am sure you are fantastic at color due to the nifty filters your phone or social platforms provide to you I'd like to encourage you to strive for true color. Filters are fun and can be used in certain images giving it a wow factor but for the most part filters say to me "this photo was boring until I applied this filter." When editing the color use the brightness tool, contrast tool, shadows tool, highlights tool and vibrancy tool. Or make a photo black and white which is a great alternitive to true color. 
5. Focus - This should be straight forward. I mean if your photo isn't in focus then any of the above tips won't matter. Unless you intentionally made your photo out of focus which can make some pretty stellar images. It's important to remember depth perception when selecting where to focus. I believe this photographer gave the best explanation on focusing and depth of field
Practice makes perfect so get out there and SHOOT!  Want more details? Check out this infographic we've made. Photography has a lot of moving parts but if you can keep them all in mind while shooting then your shots will be that much better. 
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