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Improving Your Digital Photography Technique

Apr 11, 2008
No matter how expensive your camera is and no matter what equipment you have, there is no way to get around the fact that you need to improve your digital photography technique in order to be a great photographer. Your camera and other equipment can't do the job for you and no matter how many pixels your camera might have or what computer program you use, this won't help a poorly composed photo.

Whether you're new to the industry or have been taking pictures for years, you would do well to consider how you can improve your photography technique and review the following tips and techniques we're outlining here.

Taking a critical eye to your pictures is one of the best photography techniques you're ever going to develop. Compare your own pictures to others that seem to really catch your eye. How are they different? What is the other photographer doing that you're not? What is included in the photos that you're not noticing in your own?

For example, having a main subject or element in your pictures is an important photography technique, even if you're taking landscape or nature pictures. One big blur of a forest or a boring line of mountains is not very eye-catching. Most professional photographers will choose one particular element or eye-catching subject and work that in the photo. This might be a particular tree or fence in the foreground, or the setting sun, or an animal you see off to one side. By making sure you have at least one main element or subject to break up your photo, you'll be using a very important photography technique that all pros must master.

Filling the frame is the next step in improving your photography technique. This is something that many people neglect to do especially when taking pictures of people. They have a tendency to move backwards until they have the person's entire body in the shot and then take the picture. But this is an important photography technique because if you move back until the person's whole body is in the picture, you'll probably have a lot of empty space behind and around them. This means the subject will get lost in the picture. So, move closer or focus so that you have a close-up. Have a group huddle together and get just a shot of their heads. Or, have the subjects move closer to another object that will anchor them and help to fill the frame. This might be something as simple as a nearby car or tree or virtually any other object.

Framing your subject is another important step in improving your photography technique. If you are shooting just one subject, be sure that there are other items that help to surround it. For example, look at marketing photos you see in pizza coupons. Aren't the pizzas usually surrounded by other food items? Look at professional nature photos. Usually the subject has something around it, whether it's a fence or road in the foreground or something else that acts as a frame for the main subject. This is not a difficult photography technique to master; it simply involves some creativity and artistic ability, and being aware of what other elements are near your subject that can act as a frame.

Of course you can always use good computer programs to make up for your photography technique when needed. You can learn how to blur a background and make your main subject stand out. Most also let you add elements to your photos and crop your photos where needed. You might not think of mastering these computer programs as being part of improving your photography technique, but most professional photographers view these programs as just another necessary piece of equipment.
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