In all this snowy weather we have been having, I am guessing a lot of you have been out and about taking beautiful photographs. I have also been out although we hardly had any snow here in Plymouth but had some problems when using the flash.
The problem was that the light from the flash would reflect off the snow and ruin the photo. This obviously happened more for close ups and doesn’t really cause any problems for photographs of items in the distance. So to get the close ups that you want, you either have to not use the flash at all which could be a problem if the day is dark, or angle the photograph in such a way that the light from the flash will not show in the photograph and kind of bounce off the snow. This can be a little tricky but can be done.
So whilst there is snow and ice about, why not go out and take some photos. They would be ideal for Christmas Cards!
Trust Your Eye
In the past, I have ‘trusted my eye’ and taken photographs without thinking about it too much, whereas other times, I have taken photographs after deliberating for some time about the centering, light, background, object position, etc. I have found that, more often than not, the best photographs arise from just seeing something and photographing it without thinking too much about it.
Now im not saying that you should go out and just be ‘trigger happy’ as there are times when you will need to really think about the lighting and background etc, but don’t always expect these photographs to come out any better.
A prime example of this in my experience is when I have been out and about in the countryside and have been taking photographs of scenic views and areas. A lot of the time the first photo I take is the best, as I just see it and photograph it, although I do usually take several more with slight adjustments as well. The original photo being the best is usually because after the first shot, I have thought about the scene too much and have tried to take the same photo at different angles to make it better and more interesting. Occasionally this has given me a slightly better photo, but for 95% of the time, the initial photograph has been the best.
So I would suggest going with your initial ‘gut’ feeling and just take the photograph without thinking long and hard over the other elements as, for me anyway, these turn out to be the best of the bunch!
When you are taking a photo of an object, you need to try and centre the item in the frame. This gives the best photograph as it makes the image easier on the eye and a bit more symmetrical.
This is also a good idea as if you ever want to print the photograph out in the future, there is always the chance that some cropping may need to be done, especially if it is a strange print size you require. If the photograph has the object right up against one side, half of it can be lost when printing due to the cropping.
So always bear this in mind when taking photographs of single objects!
Shadows of People
You may think the following is very obvious when taking photographs, but I have made the mistake several times and have only realised when I have downloaded and viewed the photographs back at home.
When you are taking photographs on a bright, sunny day, you need to be very careful of your shadow. You need to stand in a position where the Sun is not directly behind you, otherwise your shadow will loom over the target item or area. This is particularly problematic when you are taking photographs of items such as flowers where you need to get up close and personal.
It can be particularly difficult on the brightest days, as sometimes you can’t see the digital screen on the camera, and end up just aiming in the general direction of the object you are photographing. In this case, it is best to take several images from different angles, ensuring that at least one of the photographs shouldn’t have your shadow in it.
Having a really good zoom on your camera will help eradicate this problem, as you obviously don’t have to stand as close to something like a flower, so it is a lot easier to make sure that your shadow is nowhere near the target area.
So, when taking photographs, just keep this in the back of your mind, as it may stop you from ruining some otherwise perfect photographs! Good luck!