Regardless of the level of camera you’re using, technique can make a huge difference. A seasoned photographer shooting on an iPhone can probably take much more spectacular photos than a complete novice using an expensive professional camera. It all comes down to knowing your craft, and if you’re starting at the beginning, here are some basic tips to point you in the right direction.
Tell the story
Your sequence of final shots should really tell a tale from beginning to end. You won’t want to look back at your pictures and find they’re mostly focused on a single moment. Whatever is happening with your subjects, make sure you convey it.
Capture people’s expressions
When you’re trying to capture memorable pictures, it’s not all about the action that’s happening. What you’ll want to remember in the future (and what will make for the most impressive shots) will be the faces of your subjects and how you manage to capture the emotion of the moment.
Snap a freeze frame
You can adjust your shutter speed settings if you’re using a professional camera, which should help you get real time instant snaps even when you’re shooting a dynamic and fast-moving scene. This is ideal for taking pictures of sports events or performances.
Play with field depth
One of the most obvious hallmarks of a photograph taken with a professional camera is a blurry background with the subject in focus. This mimics the way our eyes see things, creating a more dynamic and life-like image. You can achieve this result by adjusting the depth of field on your DSLR, which might be done manually or with a preset setting.
Switch to automatic
To prepare yourself for anything, try using the auto-focus feature on your camera as much as you can. This usually allows you to partially hold down the shutter release button to get the subject in focus, before pressing fully down at the last moment to capture the image. This is the most reliable way to ensure your image is in focus, even if you’re rapidly switching between subjects that are close by and far away.