Until a few years ago, photography was a specialized field that common people knew very little about. And although it still is a field that required specialization to an extent, but the dependence of common users on professional photographers has certainly reduced significantly, thanks to high definition cameras and advanced photography equipment that is easily available to everyone these days.
However, the thing that separates the best amateur photographers from other common users is the professional touch in their photographs. For some reason, they always seem to find the perfect shot.Their photographs look much more stable and attractive. The colors look much deeper and the effects often make them look like the work of a professional photographer.
In reality, most amateur photographers, who take such pictures, don’t do anything out of the ordinary. In fact, if a common user looks at them closely while taking pictures, he would hardly notice anything worth mentioning.
The reason is simple.
You do not need to do anything extraordinary in order to take pictures that look much more professional than other amateur photographers. All you need is a bit of discipline and few small tricks.
Here are 6 ways to make your photographs look much more professional.
1. Take a lot of pictures
One of the best ways to find the perfect shot for your photographs is by taking a lot of pictures of the same pose and then choosing the best of the lot. This is how professional photographers work as well. Almost every professional photographer discards 90% of the photographs that he takes for a particular pose. The 10% that he does keep are further filtered for the perfect shot. So contrary to the common belief, professional photographers do not get the perfect shot in their first attempt. Nobody does. An easy way of taking a lot of pictures for the same pose is by using the multi-shot option that is available in most digital cameras these days. Set the number of shots to the highest possible option. Then get your camera ready and give it your best shot!
2. Be Relaxed and Feel Natural
The most important part in taking professional looking pictures is being relaxed and comfortable with the camera. Don’t take pictures while moving. Also make sure that you’re not standing too close or too far away from the person you’re trying to capture in your camera. The best position is to stand at a place that gets your camera slightly higher than your target. But you can’t take a professional looking photograph if your partner is not in the ideal position. Therefore, you’ll need them to cooperate as well. They also need to feel relaxed and stand in a natural position. The neck should be erect and the chin should be slightly tilted. For headshots, it also helps if the person is standing at a slight angle and only one ear is visible.
3. Say Cheese!
You can’t possibly get a good picture if the person in front of the camera is looking all sad and dull. Most people look much better smiling than with a dull face. Therefore a gentle smile is an absolute must for a good looking picture. If you’re behind the camera, make sure you’re smiling as well because that has a direct impact on the person who is being photographed. Apart from a gentle smile, the eyes should also be opened in a natural way. A great way to get your facial expressions in the perfect position is to crack a joke or two before the photograph is taken. That will certainly get you in the right mood.
4. Choose the Right Background
Choosing the right background is absolutely critical in determining the quality of your photographs. Make sure the background does not overtake the picture. The background can either be the biggest distraction in your pictures or it can make them look absolutely stunning. As a principle, make sure your background is not the same color as your clothes. If you have black hair, avoid black backgrounds. If the picture is taken outdoors, make sure the sun is not glaring right into the lens. For bright clothes, dark backgrounds work quite well.
5. Get Rid of Any Distractions
You don’t want any irrelevant additions to your pictures that might take the focus away from the person being photographed. Therefore, before taking the pictures get rid of any possible distractions that might ruin your hard work.
6. Use an Image Editor to Add the Final Touches
Once you have the picture in your camera and you’ve chosen the best shot out of the lot, edit the picture in an image editor for any fine tunings. You can modify the contrast levels of the picture and adjust the brightness just in case it doesn’t look right. You may also want to try effects such as black & white to give a classic look to your pictures.