Like any other worthwhile endeavor, taking quality photographs requires patience, skill, and practice. Not everyone who buys a camera — point and shoot, digital SLR (dSLR) or even film — can work in the field of commercial photography, but if you understand the basics there is no reason you cannot take photographs you will be proud of, photographs that capture the essence of your subject in all its splendor.
Here are the top 10 commercial photography tips that will help you take better digital pictures.
- Know your digital camera. A good way is to read the instruction manual. Most digital cameras come with either a printed user manual, or a digital version of the same information you can access on your computer. Digital camera manufacturers make user guides available online, as well as video tutorials to help customers learn more about their cameras. Once you have read as much of the manual as you feel is necessary, start taking pictures.
- Digital pictures take up lots of memory, so buy as many memory cards as you can afford. Most digital cameras today take photographs at 8 megapixels or greater, so plan accordingly. For a camera rated at 8 megapixels, a one GB memory card will hold about 300 images. When buying a memory card, make sure your camera can support the format, such as SD, MicroSD, and so forth.
- One of the reasons someone who chooses commercial photography is successful is because he or she takes many photographs by experimenting with different settings, distances, lenses, or lighting.
- Understand photo composition “rules,” such as the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Vie Here are the top 10 commercial photography tips that will help you take better digital pictures.wpoint, Background, and many others. Grasping the basics will help you achieve your goal of taking better digital pictures.
- Lay off using the flash. A major drawback to most point and shoot and even some dSLR cameras is they come out of the box with flash automatically enabled. Every time you take a photograph, the flash goes off, announcing your presence and sometimes ruining your ability to take natural, candid photographs.
- Practice by taking photographs of people in action, alone, or with other people, just as someone in commercial photography would. An animated conversation between rival hotdog vendors or two children playing with their toys makes for a great photo opportunity and a chance to hone your skills — the same way anyone who chooses commercial photography would when starting out.
- Practice makes perfect, so take lots of pictures. The beauty of digital is you can view images instantly, and delete the ones you are not happy with.
- When taking a portrait or other “staged” pictures, make sure the background fits the subject matter.
- Find natural borders to frame the photograph, such as tree branches gently hanging over someone at a picnic, or a person standing between the columns on a front porch.
Finally, try taking photographs with all of your digital camera settings — sports, portrait, or even “automatic.” You will be pleased with the results, if you keep practicing.