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How to Take A Nice Damn Photo

Everyone’s got a cell phone, and most of those phones have cameras. Although some cell cameras have 2 megapixels, they can range up to the 40MP zone. The problem is, despite everyone’s expert opinion, megapixels don’t matter. The baseline purpose of megapixels is the largest size you can blow an image up to without reducing the quality. Of course having a higher megapixel count can result in a “better looking” photo but it’s truly up to who is holding the camera. Let’s go over some steps for executing a damn good photo, every time.

There are 3 rules.

Light

Photography, Photo means light, Graphy means To write, writing with light is what you should have in mind when you’re about to take a picture…

Before hitting that shutter button, address your lighting situation. Are you inside but with natural light, direct sunlight, studio lighting? These factors all influence how to arrange the settings on your digital camera, or even cell phone camera. Finding the balance between plenty of light and too much light is a matter of knowing how to read your machine.

  • What does your light meter say?
  • Keep that ISO low
    • Higher ISO gives you more light but also increases grain and reduces quality.
  • Manually set your Aperture and Shutter Speed
    • These are your bread and butter.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight.
    • Just trust us on this one

Focus

Take a dust collecting wipe (if DSLR), or just the bottom of your shirt and wipe that dirty lens off. This helps remove any sort of glare and will assist your camera in focusing properly and promptly.

If you’re looking to obscure the subject or your subject is not blunt in the center, turn off autofocus and hand-focus on what will be the sharpest piece of the shot. If there is text you would like legible in your photo, be sure to zoom in after executing and confirm you can read it clearly.

No matter the style you choose, setting up your composition is key to an eye catching photo.

Composition

What’s your shot going to look like? Is it head on from shoulder height, direct facing the subject? Or are you trying for an #OnTheTable style shot so beloved by foodie/crafty crowd? Then there’s the #lookingup style photo, taken from down low with a harsh vertical angle. No matter the style you choose, setting up your composition is key to an eye catching photo. Take a look at the distance between entities in the photo, or how your table is arranged.