How to Take Breathtaking Photographs

Learning how to take breathtaking photographs is as much art as it is science and as you get more experience you will learn a few tricks that help you get some stunning shots.  If you are still learning your craft in the hopes of making a living as a photographer here are some tips that will help you along your path.

Understand Composition

Every great photo you have ever seen uses composition if you don’t yet understand how composition works then I suggest you read about it here.  Start with the rule of thirds, and imagine that there is a 3×3 grid overlaying the photo you want to take, a good camera will have that feature built in, put objects of interest where the lines of your grid meet.  This is a skill that is going to take practice, eventually, you will be able to take pictures without the grid being necessary.

Play Around with Light

Light is everything in photography and it can be the difference between an average photo or a stunning one.  As a beginner play around with putting the light in front of or behind the object you are photographing.  Move the light off to the sides and see the dramatic difference in your photos.  If landscapes and nature are your things, then try capturing pictures at dawn or at dusk.  There are plenty of photographers who swear this is the ideal time.  Invest in some good lighting equipment and learn how to use it.

Photoshop is Your Friend

With very few exceptions all of your favorite photographs were edited.  You can use Photoshop or another photo editing tool and take so-so pictures and turn them into something great.  You can fix minor flaws or remove things all together that you don’t want in the photograph.  Many photographers don’t use photo editing software, but that is a mistake.  Learn how to fix your pictures yourself and don’t let a potentially great photograph go to waste because you can’t edit it.

Learn How to Use Your Camera

Your digital camera has all kinds of cool features that allow you to control the exposure these include shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.  All of these can affect the pictures you take in different ways.  Once you grasp how they all work then you can try pictures with different lighting and capturing backgrounds and foregrounds.  Feel free to experiment with different settings, you will get a lot of really bad pictures but you may also learn how to take breathtaking photographs.

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