Quality photographs rely on 3 things: the skill of the photographer, the quality of the equipment, and the kinds of software available to enhance the images. We shall consider all of these subjects in coming up with our 3 ideas.
The Skill of the Photographer
Photography is a skill. An art, even. However, there are simple ways to ensure that a photograph does not end up being deleted and can be something that has the potential to be something appealing to more than one person.
For instance, we can think about just what part of the photograph we want to give preference to. We then have the option of having the background blurred because that does not matter or using a depth of field that allows the background to compliment the foreground image.
Lighting is an important consideration, too. It matters where we stand compared to the sun’s position when taking outdoor photographs. We can be observant when it comes to seeing where shadows fall. We do want these to fall on our subject’s face or create double images on a photograph, only in shadow, unless this is desired. Also, the subject will take a better photograph when they are not squinting because the sun is in their eyes.
Good equipment is important to achieve the best results in photography. Yes, we can take pretty good pictures spontaneously on our mobile phones but then when we come to blow them up or enlarge them we find that they lose their sharpness. This is where stand-alone cameras have the advantage over mobile devices that have other functions. Optical zoom is the only true zoom.
Tripods are the best way to avoid camera shake. You can position them on stable surfaces and avoid the camera moving. They can also provide extra height when avoiding people’s heads.
Filters attached to SLR cameras whether manual or digital versions can not only produce special effects on a camera but also deal with glare and help reduce reflections. Filters can also enhance colors and create say a rich blue sky if that is desired. It is amazing how much better the weather can look in a cloudy place when filters are used. Nobody wants to give a false impression but some things are accepted as being done for effect. If a photographer is to sell their work or have friends and family admire it, they want to create the most beautiful image possible with the technology that they have.
Image Manipulation Software
This kind of software can in part make up for where camera skills and equipment are lacking. However, there is never a substitute for being able to zoom in from distance and still obtain a clear image. Where image manipulation software comes into play is when we want to crop parts of a picture that we could not avoid taking because they surrounded our subject. Also, to add in additional effects to personalize our photograph.
What we are trying to achieve with photo manipulation software is a final image that we are happy with. In this respect what we have taken already does not have to be that final image. There is always that chance that we can make it better.
Professional photographers will use pro editing apps such as Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop to give them the freedom to carry out numerous customizations of a photograph. Other apps that are used professionally include Afterlight, VSCO, and Snapseed, to name a few.
In conclusion, we can use our skills as a photographer, our access to professional equipment that is available to all online, and image manipulation software to help us in our quest to obtain the perfect image. Quality is everything in photography. It is not about the number of photographs that we take. Just having that one photograph every so often that everyone marvels at is more than enough reward for the amateur photographer. The professional will desire more to make a living from what perhaps just started as a hobby.