Day 30 | 10 Tips To Remember When Taking a Digital Photo
I want to get you used to the idea of asking yourself some basic questions the moment you raise your digital camera up to take a shot. In my early days of learning photography, I wasn’t thinking about much other than I was just taking a picture. But I soon learned that taking pictures is more than hitting the shutter. After all, I wanted to take pictures on purpose, so I began asking myself some simple questions while I am framing a shot. Let’s look at what these question are and what I am thinking just before I hit the shutter.
What is My Focal Point of This Shot?
What Competing Focal Points are There?
What story am I Wanting To Tell?
Am I Close Enough To My Subject?
What is in the Background and Foreground?
What is My Main Source of Light?
Is my Framing Straight?
Is There Another Perspective I Should Consider?
How Will Holding the Camera in the Other Format Change the Shot?
How Will the Eye Travel Through the Image?
Getting all of these questions down will take practice. When I began making sure I was asking myself these questions, I wrote them on a recipe card and took it with me on a photo shoot (when I was out practicing). I started by concentrating on just one or two and made sure that I was really paying attention to what I was asking myself.
Today’s Takeaway and To Do’s:
- Get out with your camera, go to a park or somewhere there is a lot of ground to cover.
- Start out with two of these questions you can ask yourself and practice paying attention to what it is you asked.
- Add a new question as you move through the park and paying attention to what you see.
Before you know it, these questions will become second nature for you and will become a part of you when you are in that moment of capturing something amazing.
See you tomorrow!