Think you don’t have an eye for photos? Use these simple hacks to get better pictures instantly.
Put some tape over the bottom of the screen. This will force you to reframe. Often, when we take pictures, it’s tempting to put the thing we’re focusing on right in the center. By covering part of the screen, you’ll push the “center” to the top of the image, without even thinking about it.
Move to the light. If you spend $3000 on a camera, it can almost see in the dark. If you spend $300 or less on a camera, you’re going to need more photons. Pictures outside in daylight are usually crisp and clear. Photos inside or at night tend to be blurry. Before giving up, try to move things closer to a light source. And if you’re inside and your photos are blurry, put your subject near a window or outside.
Turn off the flash. Flash would look totally natural if we walked around with headlamps on all day. Notice how professionals almost never point the flash directly at someone from right over the camera? You shouldn’t either. If your flash doesn’t rotate to bounce off nearby walls, just turn it off.
Don’t be a square. We see the world from angles, not always straight on like a game of Super Mario. Don’t let your subjects face the camera directly. Tell them to point their feet slightly away from the camera and they’ll look slimmer, and you’ll look like a better photographer!
Take more than one. Don’t ever stop after just one picture. You’re not paying to develop the film, so don’t be stingy! Even the pros need a lot more than one shot to get it right.
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Posted by Cinematographer Jon Kline