Once you’ve got a firm grip on composition and exposure you’re well on your way to taking professional-looking images. In their latest guest blog post the photo management and Canon Project1709 experts at Photoventure offer 10 easy ways to help take your photography to the next level.
1. Lose clutter
Take a look at the average professional photograph and you’ll notice that there’s nothing there that doesn’t deserve to be.
Any extraneous detail is avoided or removed to allow the viewer to concentrate on the most important elements.
If you’re shooting a landscape this may mean picking up a bit of litter or shifting a couple of dead twigs, while it could mean taking pictures off the wall in the background or clearing up a few toys for a portrait.
Items that can’t be removed at the time of the shoot should be cloned out post-capture.
2. Attention to detail
Small details can make a huge difference in an image. You may not notice that a necklace has slipped off-centre when you’re pressing the shutter release, but it will scream for attention in a framed print.
Try to get into the habit of scanning your eye around the frame checking all the details.
Make sure that the model’s clothes are unruffled, backgrounds are clean and uncreased, any jewellery is correctly positioned and make-up is perfect.
Still life subjects should also be in tip-top condition, damaged petals or foliage for instance, won’t cut the mustard.
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