We use cameras to take photos of places, people, and to capture candid moments of our lives.
But most of us aren't exactly pros when it comes to taking good quality photos.
So I'll provide you with 5 basic tips that will help you produce images that are like those of a professional photographer;
Tip 1- It's all about the subject.
Things inspire us to take a photo. And the first tip I have is to focus on a subject in your photo whether it be scenery, a person or an object. Now that may seem obvious but it's more than just simply aiming a camera at your subject and snapping.
Justin Balog, author of 'The Art of Mobile Photography' video course, says that you need to compose, expose and develop for your hero in a photo.
Composing an image simply means shaping how you want your image to look before you take the photo. When taking a landscape photo, consider where to shoot from and at what angle you want to adjust your camera (tilting the angle 'up-and-down' or 'side-to-side' and everything in-between).
If you are taking a photo of a person, decide if you want to plan your image by positioning your subject in the frame. Or you might be inspired to take a candid shot of someone doing something random at any moment.
The next step to taking a good quality photo is to think about the exposure within your image. Exposure refers to the amount of light that penetrates into your photograph.
One of the best ways to ensure your photos have good exposure is by bracketing. This basically means taking photos of the same landscape or person under many settings on your camera.
Many modern cameras even come from auto-bracketing options which lets you cycle through each exposure setting. By simply pressing a button or turning a dial every time you take a new image, the exposure will change.
Most cameras should come with a user guide on how to use the bracketing setting but just in case there isn't a guide, you can get a general idea of how to use it by clicking here.
For more information on Bracketing, feel free to have a read of Elizabeth Halford's article from the Digital Photography School.
Tip 3- Reducing glare.
A photo I had taken at the Powerhouse Museum. Note the issue that I had with Glare through the windows behind.
Let's say you want to take a photo of an object in the distance. Naturally, people would use the zoom setting on a standard camera to get a closer image but Sydney photographer Mark Soon reveals his own tip for zooming:
"When you're exploring an area to photograph, you'll never know how wide or narrow your frame will need to be for each scene, and this is where the zoom lens comes in handy. I normally carry a 24-70mm lens for this kind of photography, which allows me to capture everything in a scene."
There are mainly two types of lenses you can buy: prime lenses and zoom lenses. Prime lenses are stuck in a fixed position while zoom lenses allow you to shoot wide, narrow and everything in between.
Tip 5- Use a tripod.
A tripod is used to hold a camera in a stable place. It prevents the camera from moving even the tiniest bit when taking photos. This in turn will make the image look even sharper.
A camera on a tripod. Image provided by Michael Henderson (Wikimedia Commons).