Making a photo pop ensures the image jumps out at whoever is looking at it. However, making the image jump out requires an understanding of how you can fine-tune each element in the camera frame carefully. Improve your technique today with stunning and simple ways to help your photos pop.
Prioritize Your Backdrop
The colors of the clothes that your subject wears will leap off the frame if your backdrop has a strong contrast. Having black clothes on a black backdrop causes both factors to blend, but black clothes on a red backdrop creates a striking image that separates both elements distinctly. This is helpful when you have input regarding what the subject wears during the photo. So, what happens if you work as an event photographer who must snap pictures of people who wear whatever they want? In these cases, if possible, find a backdrop for your photos that will be universally flattering.
For example, finding the perfect backdrop is one of the most important tips for setting up a photo booth for a kids’ event. The sleek surface of satin and the warm coziness of a cotton backdrop show are just two examples of how powerful your backdrop fabric will be. A stunning fabric texture is an excellent way to create visual dimension that will help your subjects be the centerpiece of the image.
Explore Better Lighting
Learning the nuances of lighting is critical for photographers. The lack of good lighting will leave your image hard to see, and too much light can make photos too gaudy. Beyond understanding lighting levels, it’s important to know what makes each style of lighting so helpful. Natural light has an ethereal, angelic appearance, but you have limited control over its presence. Artificial lights are easy to move around and customize with vibrant colors that breathe life into the whole event but lack a natural look.
Take time when you’re not working to experiment with various lighting styles. This will give you more insight into how you can use the lights to illuminate backdrops and subjects so they have a stronger presence in each photo. For instance, expanding your understanding of lighting is one of the best ways to get the perfect white balance in your photos.
Focus on Stability
Whether you’re at an event or in the studio, the right camera placement is critical. A simple and stunning way to make your photos pop is to focus more on camera support. A tripod is an essential tool for any photographer. The tripod is a stable surface that is easy to move around. You can move the tripod around the environment, and you can also move the camera on the tripod to find your desired angle.
Thanks to high-quality camera support, you can easily find stability wherever you are, then focus on the subtler adjustments you can make on the camera, such as pulling focus. You can use a tripod if you show up to an outdoor photo shoot and notice that you have a natural, stunning backdrop you can use, such as eye-catching mountains or a perfect view of the ocean. Put the camera on the tripod and back up to see how much of that natural backdrop you can squeeze into the camera frame to enhance the image without overtaking the subject’s focus.