Graphics designers should know how to take a good picture. Photography can come in handy when building pieces for a project and for taking images of your work. Below are some tips to take your photography to the next level.
1. Rules of Thirds
It's best to follow the rule of thirds. When starting a photography session, I recommend starting here. This way you can take visually appealing photos and also learn more about your set, subject, and desired look.
According to LearnPhotography.com, the Rule of Thirds can be described as "...photos are divided into thirds with two imaginary lines vertically and two lines horizontally making three columns, three rows, and nine sections in the images. Important compositional elements and leading lines are placed on or near the imaginary lines and where the lines intersect."
2. Good Lighting
Whether you're using the sunlight or a lighting kit, lighting can make or break your photograph. Excess Lighting, or lack thereof, can make a photo hard to see. Take the time to either set up proper lighting or figure out where your best light source is. Find the best angles to work with and set your camera settings accordingly.
3. White Balance
Does your color look off in your photographs? You may want to check your white balance. Having your white balance on the wrong setting can make your images look yellow, purple, or even light blue. Not only is this going to make your pictures look better, but it will save you some time in the editing phase as well.
4. Use the correct equipment
When doing professional photography, it's best to use a DSLR camera. Smartphones have become pretty advanced, but using a DSLR will give you more control and make you look more professional. Just my opinion, but I say save the phone for social media and use your camera for all professional photographs. Beyond not using your phone, make sure you're using the correct lens. This can also make a world of difference in your photography.
Below is a compilation of my photography - leave your comments below!