The title of this article is bit confusing for some beginners in photography for but you don’t have to worry about it you can simply read out the previous article in which I have described all basic things that a beginner should know before buy a Digital Slr. The questions about which I’m talking doesn’t mean that they are about the camera settings. Some questions are dealing with physical act of photograph and some are dealing with inner thoughts behind the picture. Do a practical, meet some professional photographer you can ask them that what are different question that I should ask myself before taking a single picture and he is going to take your 3 to 4 hours or even more and he will explain you all that basics that he think before he starts shooting. If a professional photographer is shooting there are couples of things that knock his or her mind before he take picture. Lets move towards questions you should ask yourself.
what is you subject?
There is always a reason when put your camera to eye and frame up a shot. Before taking a picture you have to ask yourself that what you are trying to capture and as you operate the camera don’t lose focus.
Sometimes the brilliant point from the viewfinder or on the screen or the distance from the subject can distract you. If the picture or the scene distracts you remember that will be more distracting for your audience.
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Is the subject directly in the center?
Divide the frame into thirds vertically and horizontally, and most of the time this strategy works to keep the subject in the center.
Keep remember as well that how does the picture look when you place it in the corner, bottom, side or top and does that composition works better with the subject…? These are just small things that you should keep in your mind.
Am I close enough to the subject to concentrate?
Being far away from the subject can mean that it could be lost in the background noise. If you are not able to explain the concept of picture through an eye, it means you are not close enough to the subject or you might have failed to emphasize the subject in other ways.
A very famous photo-journalist says “You don't take a photograph, you make it”
How far enough I am from my subject and allow viewer to have sense of time and place?
Divergent of the previous question, a subject can take up so much of the subject that the location and the concept of the photo are lost. If you are finding to capture a Souvenir of a shared experience by making a photo of your loved one or friends in front of any famous place or charming scene make sure to keep some of that place in frame. There are times when you want to fill the frame with a subject.
Is there anything in the frame that is distracting me from the subject?
Most of the times foreground subjects can be distraction but it is often something that is behind your subject. Try to isolate your subject form the background, re-positioning the subject by moving yourself or the camera or use shallower depth of field.
Is there something outside the frame that could help to enhance the image?
Sometimes it pays to look outside what you see in the viewfinder or on the screen. Are there elements just outside your original symphony that would better frame the image or help eye where you want the viewer’s attention to go? Recompose. Move back. Zoom out.
Where is the light coming from?
You are at the leniency of the tilt and rotation of the Earth in relation to the sun when you are outside during the day time. The more the sun is lower the more shadowy light becomes. Look for the light and as well as for shadow. Light can be reflected or redirected and sometimes you can move yourself in relation of light to take benefits of its effects.
Is that a best time of a day for shooting?
The reflection of light changes constantly as earth is rotating and the artificial lights get turns on and off. The distracting shadow would nearly not exist when the sun is at its peak transit. If you have plenty of time use should take advantage of it to make photograph better. A bit of you patience can go long way to get you some magical shots.
Is the camera settings good for this image?
You might think that this question should be the 1st on the list but these questions are depending on the photograph with equal importance. Camera settings can create or smash a photo. Camera settings are confidently under your control. The scene you are looking to capture is a short-lived moment capture the photo as soon as you can but if you have couples of moments don’t forget to double-check your aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, autofocus mode etc. instead of just checking it once.
Is the lines straight?
The ocean is always level unless you are in a channel looking up at the crest of a wave. Most structures are built straight up and down compositionally; you may decide to make the perspective cockeyed. Not a problem as long as you did that with some concept in mind. A slightly skewed horizon usually highlights distraction to detail rather than creative viewpoint. If your lines are not straight, it’s best to have a motive for them being tilted.
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