Top 10 tips on taking better picture


Let me put forward some common ideas that may help you to improve your skills in photography.

Most important, keep your camera with you as much as possible. Keep it ready as soon as you get the smell of a good viewpoint.



Hold your camera Steady – The photographer must hold his camera steady enough to produce sharp images. Shaky hands or pushing the shutter button abruptly may result in fuzzy pictures.


Know your camera – To take good pictures, you have to become very familiar with your camera. Reading the camera manual thoroughly will surely help you to carry out the adjustments under a wide variety of conditions.


Move close to your subject(s) – Never mind going close to your subject. Whether it is a village church, your daughter’s wedding, or anything else. Always get close enough so that your frame/viewfinder holds only the most important things that you want to show/shot. One of the most common mistakes that everyone gets involved in consciously or unconsciously is not to measure the ‘real weightage’ of the frame. The ‘real weightage’ refers here the most important things that you must hold in your frame.


Correct Exposure – Before you move into a suitable ground, where photography is possible, always remember to adjust your camera setting according to the conditions, like light intensity, subject, and its distance from the camera, etc.


Direction of the Light – One of the most important factors is the direction of the light. Direct light or very bright light often make the subject to squint, as a result a very unattractive result comes out. Light from the side or even from the back is considered as a good direction of light and often produces good pictures.


BG & FG – Through the viewfinder, the photographer must notice the background (BG) and the foreground (FG) before exposing the sensor/film to the light. Cluttered BG can create disturbance to the eyes, resulting in confusion. Try to keep the picture as simple as possible.


Subject Placement – Though there no such fixed rule, but it is advisable to place your subject(s) slightly off-centre. It is believed that when a subject is shown dead-centre, it appears static and dull. But remember there is always a chance to carry out your own experiments. As I have mentioned in my last lesson that there is no such fixed rule, hence you may carry out your own perspective in taking pictures and placing your subjects into the frame.


Candid Shots – Rather than arranging your subjects like it is done in the studios, try to take the advantage of the natural moments. When people get engage, and forgets the presence of the camera, click your best shots at that time. Never make your subject(s) feel uncomfortable.


Flash-to-subject Distance – While taking pictures in flash light, the photographer must maintain the constant distance between the subject and the camera flash, so as to get the correct exposure.


Take many pictures – The potential for taking a successful picture lies behind the number of clicks per subject.  Take many pictures of a subject, from all possible angles. Always remember, ‘the cost of all the exposures per subject is far less than a missed opportunity’.