Being a photographer like Bruce Weber means being able to see the world around you in a different way than most people do. It can be quite challenging to learn how to take more artistic pictures rather than just snapshots, but it’s worth practicing if you want. A great photograph requires many different elements, including composition, lighting, subject matter, and of course, the person behind the camera.
1) Shoot in Manual Mode It’s tough to get a good exposure with your camera set to automatic because the camera is trying to look at the scene and determine what would be the “best” exposure for it. However, this doesn’t always mean that you end up with a picture that has the exposure you wanted – especially if your camera isn’t capable of metering out very dark or light scenes. You can work around this by shooting in manual mode, but there is another way to overcome these limitations. If your camera doesn’t allow for manual mode (check the user guide), then use aperture priority instead. This mode allows you to set the aperture (most digital cameras use an adjustable iris-like on an old film camera). Then the camera will choose the appropriate shutter speed.
2) Watch The Light Photography is dynamic by nature because light never remains constant. Think about how light behaves in different scenarios; it can be harsh at midday, soft at sunset, or even non existent when shooting indoors. Don’t get frustrated if you can’t get the type of light that you desire – embrace it and use it to your advantage.
3) Know Your Camera Inside Out It’s important to take time out every now and again to learn about your camera experiment with different modes, speeds, and apertures. Even the best cameras out there can’t take great pictures if you don’t know how to use them properly.
4) Realize That Perfection Doesn’t Exist There are no perfect photographs – they are all unique with their own imperfections. The trick is to shoot for improvement rather than perfection.
5) Balance Your Frame The frame of a photograph is as important as everything that’s going on inside it. Don’t overcrowd the picture with too many details – consider what you want the focal point to be and then work backwards from there.
6) Use A Wide Aperture To Get That Beautiful Bokeh Many photographers love using shallow depth-of field because it allows them to direct the viewer’s attention to a specific subject or area of the photograph. This is achieved by using a wide aperture, usually between f/1.8 and f/4.0, depending on your lens.
7) Look For Lines In The Scene When photographing landscapes, it’s important that you look for leading lines as these will add depth and perspective to an otherwise flat image. Look for rivers, roads, or even a line of bushes in a garden – anything that will carry the viewer’s eyes through the frame.
8) Keep Your Eyes Open To Details Photographs don’t have to be epic landscapes or people – they can highlight things that you see every day but might not realize are beautiful. Don’t just take pictures of obvious landmarks or significant historical points – shoot the small details that you find interesting and that will keep your viewers looking at your photos.