9 ways to take better photos

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The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association is sponsoring this year’s Your Health Link National Photographic Competition, so what are you waiting for? Dust off that SLR or capture that moment on your phone

Here’s a few tips to get that perfect shot.

  1. Use gridlines to balance your shot

One of the easiest ways to improve your photos is to turn on your camera’s gridlines. This superimposes a series of lines onto your camera screen which cuts it into 9 boxes, based on the “rule of thirds”. According to this “rule”, if you place points of interests on the lines of this grid, your photo will be more balanced and will allow viewers to interact with it more naturally.

  1. Focus on one subject

Some of the best photos are of just one interesting subject. Spend some extra time setting up the shot, and make it the star of your photograph.

  1. Make negative space your best friend

“Negative space” refers to the areas around and in between the subjects of an image.  By including a lot of empty space in a photo, your subject will stand out more.

But what does “negative space” look like? It’s often a large expanse of ‘nothingness’ – whether it’s open sky, sea or even a large wall in the background.

  1. Play around with different perspectives

Taking photos from different angles make them more exciting and unexpected. It also makes them more unique, because most photos are taken in straight-on or at eye level.

Try taking a photo upwards, with the sky or a ceiling as negative space. Or maybe try taking a birds-eye view of your subject.

  1. Pay attention to leading lines

In images, there are often lines that draw the viewer’s eye to towards certain parts of the image. These are called “leading lines”. These are great at creating a sense of depth in an image, and can make your photo look intentionally designed – even when it isn’t.

  1. Avoid zooming in

If you can avoid it, try not to zoom in. It can make your photos appear grainy, blurry or pixelated. Instead, try getting closer to the subject if you can. That way, you won’t compromise the quality of what could be an amazing shot.

  1. Use light to your advantage

When you raise your camera, where is the light coming from? How can you use light and shadow to accentuate the subject? Lighting can make ordinary pictures look extraordinary.

  1. Don’t be afraid to edit

Editing can make a world of difference to your photos. You can use it to make components of your image stand out, or to remove any blemishes that your photo may have. Play around with apps and filters, and see what it can do for you!

  1. Think outside the box!

Don’t be like everyone else. Remember, interesting photos make the best photos. How can you compose your shot to be different to what everyone else is sending in?

So get snapping! To find out more, visit: http://www.nswnma.asn.au/national-photo-competition-now-open/

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