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Picture This: Three Simple Photography Stages


Photography seems like the most simple thing in the world. You point your camera – or your smartphone – at a subject, and you click. The moment is captured for as long as you want to keep it; it should be simple.

However, the majority of us find that while that will take a photo, it won’t necessarily take a good photo. Social media has made photo sharing easier than ever, with many of us taking up the banner of amateur photographer and recording our lives in a way that we never have before.

Picture This: Three Simple Photography Stages

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Given how accessible photography is to us now, it’s only natural that we want our images to be as good as they can be. To truly master photography, it’s a learning process through both photography courses and plenty of experimentation by yourself – so don’t be afraid to get it wrong!

For a good way to begin, understanding the three stages behind a great photo can make a huge difference.

Stage One: Your Concept

This doesn’t have to be a long, convoluted idea – it’s just the definition of what you’re trying to capture.

The best way of doing this is to have a single focus for an image. Say your son is playing in a field. Trying to capture the whole image – son, field, sky – can make the image appear directionless. Instead, focus your concept on your son and let the rest take care of itself.

Distraction is the enemy of good photography. If possible, remove clutter from the picture. If you’re photographing an attraction, wait for a moment when there’s no tourists milling in front of it. Change your angle, move around, and focus selectively so you’re framing the aspect you want to photograph in the center.

Picture This: Three Simple Photography Stages

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Stage Two: Photograph

As a rule of thumb, always take a photograph twice. If your camera allows you to take multiple images with one click, then utilize this. A shaking hand, a passing gust of wind, even the way that clouds shift and move – they can all make momentary differences to the eventual outcome.

Talking of shaking hands, they are the enemy of good photos. That slight blur can make all the difference between a decent picture and a very good one. If that’s something you struggle with – and it’s all the more likely if your camera is heavier – than a tripod is a worthwhile investment.

Picture This: Three Simple Photography Stages

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Stage Three: Editing

The graphics program PhotoShop is most often referenced to the way that people edit their selfies, usually in pursuit of a slimmer figure or to cover facial lines. However, this unfairly maligns a part of photography that is actually hugely beneficial.

Whether you use PhotoShop itself or one of the great free alternatives, you do need to edit photos. Not to smooth out lines and make your subjects more beautiful, but to compensate for what the camera has stripped. For example, a dimly lit photograph can – with a few clicks – look like it was taken on the sunniest day of the year. Focus on editing the contrast, brightness and the temperature of an image to create the most realistic reflection of the moment you wanted to capture.

Picture This: Three Simple Photography Stages

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