How To Take Photos: 5 Easy Photography Ideas on How to Take Good Pictures

By on September 30, 2011 — Updated on November 14, 2014

We already heard that a picture is worth a thousand of words but how to take a picture that is really worth a thousand of words?

Whether you are using compact camera or a cell phone to take photos of your friends, your activities, your stuffs or whatever it is that you wanted to photograph, it is better to have even just a little idea on how to take good pictures that are worthy to be published online – on Flickr, Facebook, or blog.

The following ideas are of course basic specially tailored for beginners and I hope that you can get some benefit from it.

1. Take advantage of the auto setting of your camera

Nowadays, DSLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex) and compact cameras have usually auto settings. The available auto settings depend on the model of your camera; the most common auto setting that can be found in different camera models are portrait, landscape, macro, sports, and night scene.

The icon for portrait is head of a woman and this good for shooting people; the icon for landscape is mountain which is like two triangles that are joined together and this is good for shooting natural scenes; the icon for macro is like a tulip flower with two leaves and this is good for shooting tiny subjects and close-up shoot; the icon for sports is a running figure and this good for shooting moving subject to avoid blur; and, the icon for night scenes is either a crescent or man’s head and shoulder together with a star and this good for shooting subjects during night-time.

All of them are programmed for particular purposes and it is not just simply installed in your camera to add decoration, they were carefully studied and tested to have the best result so take advantage of them.

2. Make fun with different perspective

  • Bird’s eye view
  • Worm’s eye view
  • Frog’s perspective
  • Forced perspective

These are most common types of perspective that you can play with. It is bird’s eye view if you shoot your subject from above and worm’s eye view if you shoot your subject from below. It is frog’s perspective if you shoot your subject horizontally from the level where your subject stands or positioned and it is forced perspective if you unify two subjects from different distance and angle to create drama. Below is an example of forced perspective and frog’s perspective.

3. Observe the Elements of Composition

Element of composition is one of the important things to study when you’re starting to learn photography. They serve as ingredients of your photograph and they are reflected on the picture.

Here are at CreativityWindow™, I have published a specially design tool called VC-Square™, which you can use to study  and easily understand the element of composition.

4. Observe Principles of Photographic Composition

The ‘principles of composition’ is another important subject to consider. If the elements of composition are your ingredients, the principles of composition are your tools to evaluate how your ingredients are doing.

The VC-Triangle™ is our design tool which you can use to evaluate the element of composition.

5. Apply or Break the Rules of Composition

I heard some photographers that say, “The first rule in Photography is there’s no rule.” While others suggest rules of photography on how to take good pics and others also suggest to break the rules of composition. Whichever you find to be effective for you, I have here a list of rules and photography tricks you can use.

 



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4 Comments

  1. violy vallester

    April 30, 2012 at 4:49 am

    thank you for this tutorial, I don't have any formal education in terms of photography, I just do my readings online and I have a collection of photography magazines and I allowed myself to buy just 1 book on basic photography.

  2. RonLeyba

    June 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I am now learning a bit more about photography and its basics. Good thing more and more bloggers are covering some how to’s of it.
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  3. carmel

    June 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Nice take on the forced perspective! 🙂 I’ve used worm’s eye view sometimes when taking pics.
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