How to Set Up a Photograph

Anyone can take snapshots, but to take better pictures you need to put some thought into how to set up your photographs. Read this article to learn a bit about it.

Steps

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    Put some thought into it. Are you taking a picture of the parade, or of the float in the parade? Fill the frame with the subject. A good example to consider is taking pictures of someone in a room. If you are positioned too far away, the room usually becomes more prominent than the person you were trying to photograph.
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    Don't shoot into the sun. All you will get is a silhouette. Unless that's what you want. You can get a good shot, but it may take better preparation, and a fill flash.
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    Look for 'naturally occurring' frames. These are landmarks and other things, like windows, bridges, trees, etc. Whatever creates a frame around your subject.
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    Try different angles. Shoot on the ground, from the ground, oblique angles, etc. For instance, if you're photographing a small child, or even an animal, get down on their level. Don’t only shoot from your own point of view.
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    Improve the odds of getting a good shot by using a tripod.
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    Lighting control. If you are taking photographs indoors, consider setting up adequate lighting if you want to take a perfect still shot.
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    Know your camera well. Research all its functions so you can use them with ease.

Tips

  • Consider keeping your camera manual with you in your camera bag.

Sources and Citations

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