Louise Shrigley, avid professional photographer and guide on Canon’s #FollowmyfootstepsME campaign, shares some insider tips and tricks for those looking to get more out of their next shot.
Tip 1 – FILL THE FRAME
By removing distracting elements from the frame you make it obvious to the viewer who or what your subject is. That subject could be a single object or person, or something larger like a building or landscape. The rule still applies and will help give direction to your shoot.
Tip 2 – SEEK GOOD LIGHT
Good light makes a good picture. Bottom line. That doesn’t mean you have to have a lot of light. Pay attention to its direction, quality & temperature. All of these will give you a markedly different look and feel on your photos. Understanding the subtleties of these factors is best done through practice. However, as a general tip I would advise to try and avoid shooting in direct sunlight, which tends to be bright and harsh as it is directly overhead and can be quite unflattering—especially in the way that it casts its shadows.
Tip 3 – CAPTURE ACTION
Out on the go? Make sure to check your camera for available pre-set and manual functions. For example, select the Sport Scene Mode or a high shutter speed to capture moving objects in action. What is great about many Canon cameras is that you can also use the burst mode to quickly shoot a sequence of pictures to be touched up later on. In this sample photo, the traditional bread makers in the Naif neighborhood of Dubai, UAE, serve up hundreds of tasty items each day. Distilling that work into a single crisp moment really brings the viewer into the emotions of their world.
Tip 4 – CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
We all want to gain a fresh perspective with our photography. One of the best ways to do this is to spike the viewer’s interest by making them question the angle of your image. Always look for unique (even temporarily uncomfortable) angles. Move your camera up and down by standing on a chair or getting down on one knee. Explore different POV positions that reveal how you’re experiencing the subject. Try moving closer to your subject from a different angle, or completely flip your frame of reference by shooting up into the sky. It’s your time to get creative.
Tip 5 – THINK IN THIRDS
We’ve all seen landscapes and cityscapes that really capture our interest; and ones that don’t. Whether it is for a wide view shot or even a portrait piece, place your subject or key point of interest in one third of your image rather than right in the middle. Studies show that people’s eyes are drawn to these sections naturally.