Four Tips for the Perfect Photo Shot

Getting photos that meet your expectations...
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If you are a new photographer, then getting the kind of photos you envision is one of the greatest challenges that you tend to encounter as you go about your work. The frustration especially when you get to your computer and retrieve the images you have captured, only to realize they are nothing close to your expectations, can be demoralizing. You may have been lucky with a few of the shots but still can't understand where you went wrong with the rest. There are numerous possible reasons for this, with each contributing to the outcome. Since you're here, this needn't be a problem anymore. Here are tips to achieving the kind of photo shoots you desire.

Close Proximity

Having your face against the subject is not enough for a photo shoot. The closer you are to your target, the better your photographs may be depending on the area of coverage. If you find that your images are not coming out the way you intend them to be, consider adjusting your distance. Where clarity is the issue, moving closer is bounder to reduce the problem and allow you have great shots. You will find that as you move closer the images become more explicit. This will reduce the amount of work that you’ll need to put in when it comes to the time to edit photos.

Settle on a Specific center of attention

Decide on what you find interesting. This could be a specific object or several elements that are positioned in a particular way. It could even be the colors in view or how several colors interact. You should be in a position to point to a specific aspect that is of greatest interest in each shot to help minimize on distractions and noise. Since the viewer is cannot see what lies outside the frame, try to leave as much as possible to their imagination.

Consistency in your shoots

The frequency of your shoots will also play a huge role in the outcomes. Constant practice will enable you to perfect your skills. Avoid taking long breaks after each of your shoots. If possible, do it daily. Spend hours behind your camera. Progress in your technical skills will also translate to your ability to make the most out of them in telling your stories. Consider experimenting with different shooting styles before settling on the one that you find most convenient and efficient as opposed to focusing on a particular style all the time.


You may have already noted great photo opportunities slipping away. Many photographers will attest to the same. Always have your camera prepared and in a position to capture moments that are truly memorable.  Don't let the wrong camera settings, your camera being off, or talking on the phone prevent you from capturing great moments. Check often on your camera settings especially when you're shooting. You'll find that one perfect photo may outshine the potential in thousands of others that you may have taken in the past, and propel you to great heights.

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