3 Tips to better images that won’t cost you anything

1. Eery time you see a potential image, take a shot and then move in closer. With your subject almost filling the viewfinder, your viewer will understand and appreciate the photo more. Additionally, details are often more interesting.

An old saying is, “If you’re not close enough to smell the subject, you’re not close enough.”

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2. Just when you’re ready to push the shutter, your subject will almost be sure to move, run, fly away, stop smiling or just generally get tired of waiting for you to take the image. Practice getting quicker and quicker at taking the image.

One of my biggest frustrations is when I’m shooting something and there are two groups of people also there shooting. The first group is amateurs that have to fiddle with the knobs and buttons while they’re blocking the subject from someone else shooting and the so-called pros that shoot and then chimp, also blocking out someone else.


3. Even if you don’t plan on ever selling your work to NatGeo, still make an effort to make a good image. One problem with digital cameras is that a person can take 100 shots of something and the law of large numbers says that out of 100 images, one is bound to be good. That’s a sure sign of an amateur.

Work to make every shot count and make every shot your best. That’s the only way to move from a picture taker to an image maker.

Here’s some tips you can use to make your shots look better:

  • Strive to lead the eye along an interesting path through the photo, with the use of strong lines or patterns.
  • Keep the horizon level;
  • Crop out extra elements that you are not interested in (more on this is the next tip);
  • Consciously place your subject where you think it most belongs rather than just accepting it wherever it happens to land in the photo;
  • Play with perspective so that all lines show a pattern or lead the eye to your main subject;
  • Work with the Rule of Thirds.

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 Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City.  Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

In addition to being photo editor for the Internet’s largest collection of Travel Articles, Outbounding, he is also the lead photographer for BuenosTours, the specialists in private walking tours of Buenos Aires

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