The Photographers Ephemeris
A Photo Studio in every backyard
- Use your digital camera everyday
Taking great photos with today’s cameras is almost effortless. Simply pointing and shooting has never been easier. You only have to point in the right direction, at the right time, to get the shot. Easy. Well, maybe there is a bit more to it. With just a few basic rules, you’ll be taking more pictures, and better shots, than you realized you could before.
Rule No. 1 ~ Always carry your camera with you, whenever possible. You will want to be ready when a ‘photo’ moment presents itself. Today’s point~and~shoot cameras are so portable, most will fit in your pocket. A small compact case that fits just your camera will protect it in your purse, or bag, and you’ll be ready every time.
Rule No. 2 ~ Be aware of your surroundings, and how the light hits or lights up things around you. Light is a photographer’s best friend. The Photographer’s Ephemeris will give you specific sunlight and moon phases for any day. How you ~shoot~ the picture, makes the shot interesting, beautiful, or amazing. “Composition” is the key. Composition is defined as combining parts or elements to form a whole, and framing a picture is exactly that. Look at a shot from different angles, up, down, over, around…see what would be the best angle to represent what it is that made you want to take the picture in the first place. Don’t just center the main object and shoot. Centering is not creative, in photography. Incorporate what is around it into the shot, make it the main subject, but include what makes it special. For example, you see a beautiful tree, but without the background mountains, and puffy white clouds, it’s just a magnificent tree. Back out a little, and be sure to include all that you see, that made you look, into the picture.
Rule No. 3 ~ Read your manual. This may sound boring. But if you don’t know what features your camera has, you will miss taking shots properly. Or miss them altogether, because you didn’t know you could do that. Read the manual with your camera in hand, trying out the functions as you read. You can delete the ‘test’ pictures later. Using this technique will help you remember what you read, and how to do it. You are guaranteed a new found talent with your digital camera. Knowing how it works will give you new ideas for taking more pictures. Amazing your friends and family with your techniques, is a bonus. And technically, this should be Rule No. 1.
More prints, please
Follow these basic three rules, and you will be taking better pictures immediately. You have the camera; now make the effort to use it a bit more effortless. Your pictures will be the most requested for reprints.