Here are some tips on taking your
Use your Eyes
Sometimes the type of camera your
using whether it be an expensive camera or just a regular point and
shoot doesn’t matter if you don’t use your eyes. You must look
through the viewfinder. Take a look and make sure your subject is
the focus of the picture. A camera should not replace your own
It could take several pictures
before you get what I like to call the “money” shot. Your subject
may go through phases of being interested in the camera and the next
second not interested. Take as many pictures as you can to guarantee
a great shot.
Use natural light
You may be surprised to learn
that cloudy, overcast days provide the best lighting for pictures of
people. Bright sun makes people squint, and it throws harsh shadows
on their faces. On overcast days, the soft light flatters faces.
Indoors, try turning off the flash and use the light coming in from
a window to give your subject a soft, almost glowing appearance.
a simple background
An uncluttered background focuses
attention on the subject, resulting in a stronger picture. Place
your subject against a plain, non-distracting background.
Alternatively, sometimes just moving yourself (and the camera) a few
feet one way or the other can eliminate distractions from view.
Try different angles
Start by shooting at your subject
at eye level. Then try something different—stand on a (sturdy!)
chair and shoot down at your subject, use something (sturdy and
safe) to elevate them a little.