5 Simple Tips For Better Photos This Summer

Photography Tips

It looks like the heatwave will return this weekend and I'm sure many of you will be out and about enjoying the weather.

I hope you'll be snapping a few photos along the way too - so I thought I would put together some simple tips to help you get better pictures.

  1. Try a different perspective. When taking photos it's easy to just shoot from eye level, but you'll often get more interesting shots if you try a different angle. Try bending your knees, (or even getting down on them!) to get a perspective that is nice and low. This is a great technique for adding interest to your landscape photos, especially if you're near water.

  2. Think about lighting. Often people say it's best to stand with your back to the sun when taking photos, and this can work. The problem is if you're taking a shot of a friend or family member they'll probably end up squinting or with strong shadows across their face. Try shooting towards the sun (but not directly into it!), this can give an effect called 'backlighting' - when someone or something is lit from behind. Also try taking photos in the shade - this way you'll get a nice even light across your subject's face - and they won't have to squint!

  3. Use foreground interest. This works particularly well when used in conjunction with number 1. A rock, some long grasses, flowers or a tree trunk in the foreground can give your photos real depth. If you can, try and have your foreground interest towards the sides or bottom of your shot and near to the camera. This will help to frame your image, and you may even get a gentle blur on the foreground as you shoot towards your main subject further away.

  4. Wait until golden hour. Golden hour is one hour before sunset, so during this time of year it starts around 8pm. On a sunny day, this is when the light is at its very best. A nice, warm, gentle light that can give you great landscape photos (and it's always good to watch the sunset, right?).

  5. Don't over process. With all the editing apps available now it's easy to add a filter, tweak lots of different settings and end up with a photo which can look a little fake, especially in the sky. Try and be subtle; only enhance your photo - don't transform it. A good place to start is to add some contrast and saturation.

There you have it - a few tips and tricks for better pictures. I hope they work for you.

Have fun!