Lots of clients often say to us, 'I have a great camera, I will take my photos for our new website'.
Sometimes this works well, sometimes we need to bring in the experts!
But if you are a bit of a camera enthusiast, the lovely Louise ( ex photo-journalist with the The Land ) has some great photography tips to help you take better photos, not just for your website, but for anywhere!
1. Practise makes perfect – I cannot stress how important it is to just get in an have a go! Try try and try again. The more time you have with your camera the more you will learn. Experiment, be playful, go wild, go crazy! go Go GO! Have fun!!!
2. Good ol’ rule of thirds. Never heard of it? Basically an image can be split up in a grid of 3 rows across and 3rows down (think O & X’s board). Try and have the main subject of an image sit on this third. It’s an old rule but it works.
3. When taking an image always try and have the subject come at you. For eg, don’t just have someone standing with their hands behind their side. Get them to lean into the camera, hold something up to the camera, jump etc.
4. No sunnies. You might feel cool and sexy wearing your sunnies, but when taking a portrait we need to see those beautiful eyes that God gave you. Eyes are important they help the viewer engage. Ok so sunnies are acceptable on your pet dog, I will allow this, but only cause it’s cute.
5. Try different angles. Get down low, in fact lie on the ground, trust me you will feel bit silly but at the same time your shot will look awesome. Shoot from above. Climb up on the car, stand on a seat etc – JUST PLEASE make sure whatever you stand on is stable, we don’t want any injuries.
About the Author - Amy Newby