Photography 101: Tips From the Pros
Here are some insider tips from three world-famous photographers about taking the perfect picture.
THE WORLD OF ANIMALS: FIVE TIPS FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
by Frans Lanting
- PRACTICE YOUR SKILLS. Your own backyard is a great place to photograph animals, and so is the local zoo.
- LEARN FROM YOUR PETS. Getting to know the behavior of your house pets will help you learn about the habits of some wild animals.
- BE PATIENT. Learn as much as you can about the animal you want to photograph and spend time with it before you take any pictures.
- THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK! Think about what you are looking at and why you are interested. The camera won't decide for you—it's just a tool!
- OFF CENTER! The most interesting pictures are usually not centered. Think about how you frame the animal in the picture.
WONDERS OF NATURE: FIVE TIPS FOR SCENIC SHOTS
by Annie Griffiths Belt
- USE NATURAL LIGHT. Photographers are always out taking pictures before the sun comes up, and long after it goes down to get the perfect light for their pictures.
- NEW HORIZON. Try framing the horizon so it's not in the middle of the picture.
- FULL FRAME. Arrange your picture by thinking about the objects that surround the subject of your photograph. The best pictures have interesting elements that fill the whole photograph.
- TRY SOMETHING NEW. Shoot creatively and try to get something
really special. Get down on your stomach or carefully climb a tree to get a new angle.
- KEEP SHOOTING. Don't spend too much time looking at the pictures on your digital camera, it uses up the batteries quickly!
SMILE FOR THE CAMERA: FIVE TIPS FOR TAKING GREAT PORTRAITS
- SMILE. A nice smile is the best way to make people feel comfortable having their
- MAKE FRIENDS. Get to know the person you are taking a picture of. The more you know about someone, the more interesting your picture will be.
- HAVE FUN. Taking pictures is not a chore, enjoy it!
- MEAN IT. Take pictures that are meaningful to you. Photographs are a way to show friends and family how you see the world.
- DON'T GIVE UP. It's OK if you don't get the perfect picture the first time. Keep trying until you are happy.
Text by NGS Staff
Photograph by Reza