Many of our fondest memories of family and friends are from photographs captured some place or time. These memories can be shared with our descendants and other friends even though they were not there or were to young to remember. Hopefully the person taking those photographs had learned a few photography techniques to capture these photos
Unfortunately, most of these people behind these cameras are not exactly what you might call experts. Most likely they are your friends, family, and next door neighbors. This is why the results of these pictures taken leave something much to be desired. That is precisely why at most important occasions people hire the services of a professional photographer. Not everyone has enough money to spare on a professional photographer and that is why they do with some not so impressive pictures.
Here are some photography techniques that will make undesirable pictures a thing of the past!
1. For portraits it is important to have an appropriate backdrop. Using a tripod helps to keep the shot from being blurred. It also helps to keep the photograph straight.
2. Avoid direct sunlight when shooting outdoors. If using the sun as a source of natural light, make sure it is behind the photographer.
3. Photographers have to develop a good rapport with their subjects. When taking portraits it is best if the subject's face is relaxed, and not fixed into a posed smile. Photographers, with a little effort, can help their subjects feel at ease. This can be done by engaging them in friendly conversation in between shots.
4. When taking a group photo make sure that everyone gets included in the picture. A little directing on the photographer's part might be necessary. Position everyone so that they will fit into the picture. The tallest persons should be in the back row. This way nobody gets accidently blocked from the shot.
5. If you're shooting a wedding or some special event, get all of those posed shots. Then be prepared for those unexpected shots when no one is expecting it. Sometimes these will be your best shots of the event. It lets you see the real people, not that stiff smile you usually get when the shots are planned. Use a little discretion here, do not try for those tabloid magazine shots.
Photographers should make every effort to catch their subjects when they are at their best and when they are at ease, being natural, and just plain having a good time. This way their true personality, and true essence will be captured in the photographs.
Taking the greatest photographs can be achieved using some or all of these photography techniques. Remember, if you will practice using these photography techniques your photography skills will improve. It is important that you take plenty of photos until you become completely comfortable behind the camera. You will be surprised soon you will be taking those award-winning shots and may even develop a few good techniques of your own. The great thing about using a digital camera during this time is that you're not wasting film. If the shot is not what you wanted, just delete it.