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One of the major mistakes a photographer might do when trying to take photographs of nature is making the shot much more complicated than it should be. One might try to capture simply too many things and consider too many factors within just a few seconds, something potentially leading to failed shots. As a Miami photographer, I have seen too many colleagues of mine do such a mistake throughout their work, thus I want to explain my thoughts on this matter and help in order to take shots that are much more aesthetically pleasant.
Any photographer needs to understand why overcomplicating a shot is really harmful for the photograph. First of all, a highly complex shot is very difficult to balance, especially for photographers that are not very experienced. Consider that sometimes even two figures, or a couple of objects might need a bit of consideration before framed accordingly and understand that a picture containing much more information is likely to need proportionally much more time in order to balance it. Secondly, it is really hard to create a climax on which the photograph focuses. This means that the lack of simple elements (for example a simple wall) that act as “stabilizers” for the theme of the photograph will lead to a great optical confusion. The result is that instead of making the photograph more interesting, you end up with a collection of unconnected events and objects that disappoint the viewer or customer.
What you need to do in order to create highly successful and aesthetically pleasant photographs is to invest in simple and beautiful shots. One of the first things that I learned as a Miami photographer is that light is arguably the most crucial part of a photograph. It is possible to correct many things in a photo editing program, but a great initial condition is surely a guarantee for success. Whether it is a bright sunny day or a much more dramatic and cloudy one, learn how to exploit shapes and thus create a much more fulfilling outcome. It is also essential to learn how to exploit every given moment in order to take a picture which is unique, as there is always the chance around for a great shot. You need to hone your reflexes and always be ready to photograph anything that might seem interesting, as sometimes no second chance will be given.
Finally, understand that simplicity can be deep and beautiful and it is not just a sign of amateurism. As the famous quote of the architect and designer Mies van der Rohe goes, “Less is More”. This is a lesson that all photographers need to understand, as it can offer them intuition into the deeper parts of their art. A picture is about capturing a moment, a moment well defined, well balanced and aesthetically pleasing. It is not about capturing a collection of unconnected events.
It takes basic photography skills to take stunning photos of your garden. You do not need to have a high-pixels camera to do that but you can rather use your phone to capture the natural environment at its best. Below are quick tips to note when taking photos of your garden:
First and foremost, always remember safety! When taking photos, ensure your phone has a tempered screen glass protector to enhance the safety of your phone screen when taking photos. Understand that while in your garden, you will encounter thorns and branches that may scratch you phone screen, the phone may also fall on dirt or even on a hard item that may break the cell phone screen. A tempered screen glass protector is cheap and easy to install. The use of a protector will not affect the functionality of your cell phone, the size or the shape. It fits perfectly on the screen offering protection for the cell phone screen and maintaining the smoothness of the device touch. Click here to learn how to apply one easily to your phone so you’re all set for the garden!
Photo Settings For Optimal Pictures
Like mentioned earlier, you do not need to know a lot of photography to do this. Simply set the phone to capture photos using the back camera, remove zooming and the flash. However, if you will take a photo of a plant that is in between others and you cannot get closer to it, adjust the device zooming to get a clear shot. If you have a high definition option on your phone it is highly recommended to enable it, as your pictures will come out nice and crisp.
Do not use the Flash
Most smart phones come with a flash but it does not come handy when taking photos of your garden. The light from the phone flash is harsh and will not result to great photos. To attain high-rate photos, you need to ditch the phone flash and choose the most appropriate time to take photos. Early in the morning and in the evening when the sun has gone down are the most ideal times to take photos. Lighting will not affect the photos at this time.
Get closer to the plant
Though phones can zoom and get you the fine details of a plant even when you are far, you only get premium quality photos when you get closer to the flower or plant. Take as many photos as possible and later choose the cream of all.
Explore several angles
A captivating photo is always unique. To bring out a unique photo from your phone, you should check out as many angles as possible. This will bring out different looks of the flower or plant and exposes different features of the plants that would not be seen when photos are taken from one angle.
Editing the photos
To make the photos look even better, you can edit them on your phone. Though this step is not necessary, most people prefer editing the photos. Editing involves simple cropping to remove unwanted parts, applying filters, shading and much more. You can also make a collage of the pictures to get a great look using one of the free mobile photo editor apps online.
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