MAKING GREAT PHOTOS
by: Marion Kit
A friend and office mate asked me that "Parekoy, ba't iba mga kuha mo? Maski pa siguro sabay tayo kumuha ng pictures, iba pa rin kuha mo? How come your shots looks better than mine?" I am not boasting on this, maybe it was just luck or I just see things differently.
Anyways, am not a professional photographer, am just into photography. Everything I know about this art I've learned it through trial and error. I haven't taken any paid course about photography. I only joined free seminars about photography... Yes, free seminars cause I can't afford to pay thousands of pesos for a session... BWAHAHAHA!
So for my friend, Jolu and for others who love to learn how to take photos, here's my answer to Jolu's query:
1. LET'S TALK ABOUT GEARS
Camera is important. How can we take photographs if we do not have one. The question is what kind of camera? It does not matter what kind of camera. Yes, high-end cameras make difference but it does not make you take better photos. According to Chase Jarvis "The Best Camera is the One That’s With You." There's no need to explain what he said.
I use most of the time my cell phone camera for my street photography and a mirrorless camera. But when it comes to weddings, photoshoots, or photocoverage were I am paid, of course I have to set aside my cellphone and bring my other cams.
Another thing, master your gear. Learn how to focus to take great photos. Don't just click the shutter.
2. LET'S TALK ABOUT LIGHT
Yes, Light. Photography is about recording light for a better image. Always look for the light when taking photos. Human's eyes are always directed to the light, so place your subject where there's better light. A simple explanation, It's great when you clearly see your subject.
Photo above is taken from the net. Credit to the one who made it.
3. LET'S TALK ABOUT COMPOSITION
What matters most is the person behind the camera. What that person sees and how a scene is captured matters. Reality speaking, there is no wrong-pictures taken, only better. How to make it better? Learn how to compose.
NOTE: Photography is always a thinking activity... from the settings of your camera to your composition.
BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITIONS: The Thirds, Space, Colors, Patterns, unusual angles.
4. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN TAKING PHOTOS.
Think of what you want to photograph. Visualize and compose your image. Okay this sounds complicated specially when you are in travel photography, street photography, or any types of photography where you can't control your subject. One should visualize, compose and wait till your target image happens.
Take photos of Events...
Take photos of People...
Take photos of Sights/Structures...
Take photos of Landscape/Seascape/Scenery...
Take photos of Emotions...
Take photos that capture moments...
Take photos of selfie/groufie shots. . .
and Take photos that tell stories...
5. LET'S TALK ABOUT POST PROCESSING
Don't let Photoshop make your photos better. Take a better photo from your cam and enhance it a little bit in your post processing software. I say a little bit because I've seen photographs that is way way way edited. It looks horrible...
Here are my Post Processing tools. . .
Snapseed for my Android photo editor
Adobe Lightroom for Pro work...
And my all around photo editor. . .
~ THANK YOU ~