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Top 5 Photography Tips to Improve Your Photos

Top 5 Photography Tips to Improve Your Photos

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Top 5 Photography Tips to Improve Your Photos
 
Photo captured by Lorin HughesOne of the easiest ways to improve your photography is by taking photos of interesting subjects. Of course, you can take great creative photos of uninteresting subjects, but if you choose an interestingsubject to photograph in the first place, it makes taking a great photo much easier.
1. Choose an interesting subject to photograph
So where do you find these interesting subjects? They can be found everywhere, from a stormy landscape,to a simple street scene, to a flower in your garden or local park.Just take a walk around your local neighborhood with your camera, and you¶re sure to find somethinginteresting to photograph.
2. Pay attention to the light quality 
 
Something that has a big effect on how your photograph looks is the quality of light that is hitting yoursubject. There are two aspects of lighting that you need to pay attention to ± the color of the light and how harsh / diffused the light is.
Color temperature
 As a general rule, we tend to prefer photos with a warm (golden) tone. The warmest light naturally occursaround sunrise and sunset, and this is why many landscape photographers prefer this time of day.The color temperature of a photo can also be modified by adjusting the white balance setting on yourcamera. And if you are taking photos using flash, you can use a warming gel on the flash to warm up thelight.Of course, in some instances you may want to go the opposite way, and use light with a cold (blue) colortemperature.
Diffuse vs. harsh light
 Diffuse light is where the light creates soft shadows, which is preferred for most types of photography, butparticularly portraits."after the party" captured by gerry morganDiffused light can be created by reflecting light from a large surface (like a wall), or by using a large pieceof semi-transparent material between the light and your subject. This works the same way as when thereis a thin layer of cloud, which diffuses the sunlight and creates a nice soft light.Harsh light creates strong shadows. Natural light is at its harshest around midday, while an non-diffusedflash will also create a harsh light. When shooting with harsh light, try and use the strong shadows itcreates to your advantage, incorporating them as an element of your photograph.
 
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. Compose your photograph carefully 
When taking a photograph, it¶s all too easy to just point and shoot. However, try and take a bit more timeto think about the photo and the composition.
Rule of thirds
 Composition is how the elements in the photograph are arranged, and a good guideline for composition isthe µrule of thirds¶. The rule of thirds works by splitting an image into thirds both horizontally andvertically, so you end up with 9 sections.In many good landscape photographs, you will see the photographer places the horizon in the top third of the photo, while the landscape takes up the bottom two thirds of the photo.As well as placing elements along the thirds lines, you can also try and put your main point of focus sothat it falls on the intersection of two of the thirds lines."Isolated" captured by Sean Nel
The Golden triangle
 The golden triangle is a good compositional guideline to use when your photograph contains strongdiagonal elements. It involves splitting the photo into three triangles that contain the same angles (are thesame shape).

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