The Golden Rules of Photography

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people clicking photographs in the last few years. Photography has given a lot of people the freedom to click whatever they like. But, as much as it seems easy and fascinating, there is much more to DSLR photography than meets the eye. There are a few golden rules that you need to keep with you whenever you want to click.

1) Visual Literacy
Now that a lot of people are clicking on a daily basis, it is important to keep in mind that every picture clicked has a purpose and we not only click a frame but something that conveys a message. It is important to keep in mind that an image might influence others in various possible ways.

Visual literacy is about seeking rather than just looking around. When getting ready to click the shot, stop and think for a moment what the picture conveys.

Understanding that every picture has its own vision of the world is important and that when you click something or someone, try to pre-visualise what is being translated from the three dimensional reality in front of you onto the two dimensional space within the photograph frame. Your camera is just a tool which will lend a helping hand to portray your interpretation of the world.

2) Visual Impact and Appeal
Composition, proportion, focus, balance, rhythm and texture are among some of the values in a photograph and all of them affect the visual impact and appeal of a photograph in one way or the other. But, the most important aspect is the value of composition, in other words, the satisfying arrangements of shapes and sizes in the space occupied by them.

3) Composition
Since we are talking about composition, let’s see in detail, why is it important.

Determine your subject and decide the best camera position. Instead of holding your camera at an eye level, try different angles or point of view. Get down lower or higher when composing a shot.

Keep a note of your subject and the surroundings you are in. See if they match perfectly and make sure there are no things such as lamp posts or trees hanging out from the corners of someone’s head and spoiling the frame.

4) Check the Frame
Digital cameras photography is best experienced when you have a perfect frame. Select one by looking through the viewfinder or digital back. Observe the frame from one edge to another. Take note of what might be left out of the frame and can be included to make the frame look better. Work on filling the frame with only necessary elements rather than cropping up the image later.

These DSLR photography tips, if kept in mind while taking the shot, will eventually land you up with something which is perfect and that is the only thing a photographer longs for.