I’m not an expert photographer (yet!) but have picked up a few tips over the years that have dramatically improved the pictures I take. By changing a few simple things, with any camera you can take better pictures. Let’s use this one as an example of what went wrong.
1) The angle is too high 2) There is too much clutter in the foreground that is irrelevant to the scene 3) The camera wasn’t focused
This scene wasn’t captured well, because there wasn’t enough thought given to the main focus…the kids and their interaction. Let’s look at another one,
This is taken with an inexpensive point and shoot but still a big improvement. I see two big reasons:
1) The subject is centered with an even amount of space in the front and rear 2) There is enough of the playground equipment to capture the essence, but not so much as to distract from the child
Lastly, these shots represent what a difference angles make. Remember the first picture, too high of an angle? Coming down directly above, or slightly to the side of the subject creates strong visual impact.
Experiment! Digital cameras open up a cost-free way to explore our creativity without having to purchase all the mistakes. Your skill level will continue to improve, along with your pictures. Any tips you’d like to share?