Take Camera Photos

How to take a great photograph. Anyone can snap a blurry picture of a friend standing in front of a tourist attraction, but with just a little more effort, you can take great shots.

You will need a camera. Optional: a flash.

Step 1

Shoot level with your subject. Being too far above or below can make your shot impersonal and less interesting.

Step 2

Keep your subject away from complicated, detailed and distracting backgrounds. Even those found naturally. Watch out for objects that could look like they’re connected to your subject. Like a tree that appears to grow from their head.

Step 3

Don’t be afraid to move in close. You’re looking for the most interesting angle, so consider whether you want to shoot a field of flowers, a single flowers, or a tight shot of a single petal.

Step 4

Take some vertical shots. It’s natural to shoot horizontally, but that’s exactly why verticals can be so striking.

Step 5

When using an auto-focus camera, lock the focus on your subject, and then re-frame the shot however you want. That way, your subject will always be in sharp detail.

Step 6

Move the subject away from the middle. Use the rule of thirds, mentally dividing the viewing area into three viewing sections. And then keep your subject in the left or right sections.

For landscape photos, divide the viewing area into thirds horizontally, and keep the horizon in the top or bottom section.

Step 7

Consider framing your photo with something in the foreground. Like an overhanging tree branch.