Things that I remember to do, when I remember to do them.
- Before clicking that shutter button, check all four corners of the shot and all the areas around the margins of the photograph. Frame that subject properly , whether in the center or off to the side , paying attention, if you want to do so, to the ‘rule of thirds’.
- Look at your picture, through the viewfinder, and ask yourself if the picture is too complicated, too distracting or simply too ‘busy’ to really enjoy.
- Consider doing the photograph in a different color, or tone. Sometimes, depending on the subject, place or time, burnt sienna might be more pleasing than regular black and white or even than a color photograph.
- Portrait, ? Check the person’s head. There are all too many photographs that are portraits that have a tree or other odd thing sticking out of a person’s head.
- Brace yourself! If you are not using a tripod, then brace yourself against something to steady the camera. Or at the least, bring your elbows into your body instead of posing like someone doing the ‘chicken dance’ while taking that picture. This simple thing will eliminate most camera shake.
- Consider the ‘angle’ of the photograph. I ‘saw’ a picture once, before I snapped the shutter button, I decided to walk around a bit and really look at the different angles of the would-be picture. See the picture here. This is the best view that I finally decided on .
- Consider this — don’t bother with whatever others will think of your photograph. You are taking this picture for yourself and or to express yourself to others, or to remember a particular time, place or day. It really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of your picture, of your style or of your photographs. Just keep on keeping on and keep on taking those photographs!
- Practice. That’s about it. The more photographs you take, the more experienced you will be. The more mistakes you make, the more ‘best’ photos you will take. Practice, practice but above all, have fun while you are doing this ‘practice’.