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How to take great pictures

How to take great pictures

Here are the 7 tips you need to know if order to take a great pictures.

1) Fill the frame

2) Simplify and exaggerate

3) Don’t center your subject

4) Create depth

5) Connect the dots

6) Perspective is EVERYTHING

7) Lighting is EVERYTHING

Video by Professional Photography Tips

hey everybody welcome to professional
photography tips.  I’m Josh Cribbs and I’m gonna show you
how you could take amazing photos with
any camera whether it’s an SLR or an
iPhone all by understanding seven simple
principles of photography now these
principles are dramatically over
simplified totally subjective and the
list is by no means exhaustive or
comprehensive nevertheless if you’re new
to photography and wondering how to
start improving your images this is a
great place to begin so let’s dive in
fill the frame with what you like this
is the most important rule of
photography and the only rule you should
never break see this great picture of a
flower no this is much better now
zooming is okay but the best zoom lens
is your legs so get closer am i close
enough no is this close enough maybe now this
goes for everything you could possibly
want to shoot landscapes wildlife people
sea monkeys fill the frame with what you like and
get rid of everything else boring blue
sky not exciting you get rid of it tree
branches lunch boxes random people other
clutter distracting the elements
ditch it ditch it ditch it
philosophically this is your task every
time you take a picture figure out what
the photo is really about fill the frame
with those elements and get rid of
everything else good photo is like a caricature it
simplifies and exaggerate
now that you figured out what to put in
your photo think about how you can
exaggerate its characteristics use
contrasting colors to make your subject
stand out use other objects to create a
sense of scale big or small use a long shutter speed to
emphasize movement or zoom in on one
particular feature try changing your
focal length your perspective or your
white balance to exaggerate certain
characteristics when you simplify and
exaggerate you create photos with focus
and punch instead use the rule of thirds divide
your photo up into an imaginary
tic-tac-toe board then place the most
important elements on those vertical and
horizontal lines this lets us define a
relationship between our subjects
emphasize what you think is most
important or create a visual gateway
through the photo so instead of this try
this and instead of this do this or even
this damn our photos are looking better
already the major exception to the rule of
thirds is anytime you want two parts of
your photo to have the same visual
weight reflections counterpoint checks
to position abstract these are all great
times to use the rule of halves or
corridors or one over pi or whatever
feels right use what’s called a near-far composition
to create depth and to pull people into
your image by having a foreground
subject close to your camera and a
background subject far away from your
camera you create a story and a context
for your image you also create a
3-dimensional sense of depth and
perspective if you have a wide-angle
lens you can use this technique to great
effect by going all the way wide and
getting super close to your foreground
subject this wide-angle near-far is
absolutely awesome for drawing viewers
into your image and making people feel
like they’re standing in your photo
if you have multiple subjects in your
photo then the story of your image is
about the connection between those
subjects and your viewer will understand
that connection ten times better if you
use some kind of a line to visually
connect those elements we call these
leading lines because they lead from one
subject to another leading lines are
also a great way to give your viewer a
visual journey through your photo
anything can be a good leading or
connecting line if you use the right
perspective use a river to connect your
foreground to your background
use the sand-dunes Ridge to draw the
viewers eye through your frame crack and
the ice or the lines and a piece of
stand stone no matter how you use them
leading lines are an awesome way to
connect the elements of your photo and
to create a visual journey for your
viewers one of the best ways to make somebody
say hey that’s an interesting photo is
to show them something they’ve never
seen before we spend our whole lives
looking at the world from eye level so
why take a picture for my level it’s the
same old boring perspective
I mean hey this field of flowers does
look pretty good from up here
but from down here things take on a
whole new life so get up get down get on
the ground and show the world your
perspective unfortunately the most common time to be
out doing stuff the middle of the day is
nothing the worst time for photography
because of the harsh quality of the
light and shadow so what can you do well
the best solution photographically
speaking is to come back another time
sunrise and sunset usually offer the
most interesting skies and the most
pleasing light on your foreground
alternatively you can move into the
shade shady conditions or cloudy
conditions gives a nice soft even light
it’s very flattering for things like
portraits or flower photography but
sometimes coming back or moving to
another spot isn’t practical you’re here
now so what can you do simple use
directional lighting to your advantage
instead of shooting toward the Sun which
while it can be dramatic usually makes
your subject go completely black so
shoot along with the Sun away from the
Sun or put the Sun at an angle but if
that killer shot is looking right at the
Sun don’t despair the technique here is
to expose for the brightest part of the
scene and let everything else go into
shadow digital cameras have almost no
capability to retain detail in the
highlights but they have an insane
capability to retain detail in the
shadows so if you expose for the
brightest part of the scene you’d be
amazed what you can recover in
post-processing whether you’re shooting
with an SLR or an iPhone
finally break all the rules except
number one photography isn’t about
following rules it’s about having fun
and showing people the way that you see
the world so don’t be afraid to
experiment or go out on a limb as long
as there’s some method to your madness
you’re creating art so get out there and
shoot as always thanks for watching be
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