How to Shoot Artistic Pictures with Your Digital Camera
Artistic pictures were at one time the most difficult form of photography. But, with new technology and innovations in digital cameras, shooting artistic pictures has become quite easy. Artistic photography requires more skills than technical knowledge. You need to have an eye for detail and a knack for recognizing defining moments. Here are some guidelines for shooting artistic pictures with a digital camera.
Step 1: Alignment of Pictures
When taking pictures, most people tend to take horizontal pictures more often than vertical pictures. You need to understand that the alignment of a picture is based on the subject, as some look better in a vertical frame and some in a horizontal frame. For example, when taking a close up of a person, it is advisable to use the vertical frame. This will help focus on the subject and avoid unnecessary clutter around the subject.
Step 2: Level and Distance
Most adults shoot pictures with the camera held at their eye-level. This is not wrong, but you need to experiment taking pictures from different levels. This is because it will teach you to compose your frames in different perspectives. All subjects look different from every angle and every level, hence changing the perspective and the look of the subject. You also need to try taking shots from close and far distances, to understand how these impact the final picture. Although these are general things, they become important in the case of artistic photographs, where you need great composition.
Step 3: Graphing the Viewfinder
This does not mean using the graph literally, but dividing the viewfinder. It is easier to compose and understand a frame when you divide the viewfinder into thirds both vertically and horizontally. Always place the subject at the intersections; this will lead to a more eye catching composition. For example, if you choose to emphasize the horizon (sky) for an art picture, then the subject needs to be in lower division and in the upper division, in case you need to focus on the foreground.
Step 4: Composition of Frames and Weather
This is one of the most important things to take care of in an artistic photo shoot. You need to observe things around you and picture the subject with scenery, skyline or anything prominent as the backdrop for the picture. Once you do that, follow the guidelines above and compose the frame. For example, if you are near a church that stands out, then you can make that your background, place the subject near the lower division of the viewfinder and click. Weather plays quite a role too. Bright weather means more light and more light leads to dull colors and hence bad pictures. The best conditions for outdoor shoots is a bright but cloudy day.