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7 Ways to Get the Best Shot

Posted by Fujifilm Australia

How to take the best shot with your Fujifilm camera

You don’t want to settle for a mediocre photo. You’re going for the best shot possible. This means you have to experiment with plenty of angles and layouts to get your composition just right.

As you go for your best shot, keep in mind some creative ways to experiment using these tried-and-true photography principles.

1. Establish depth with a clear foreground and background.

Ensure that your audience can comprehend the size of the people, objects, landscapes or rooms in your photos. Create a point of reference by having objects in both the foreground and the background. That way, regardless of whether your subject is in the foreground or the background, there’s a sense of its size and scale.

2. Follow the rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a classic composition principle and it’s something even veteran photographers should remember with each shot. Think of your image breaking into thirds, both vertically and horizontally, and making nine smaller squares or rectangles. Strive to use your subject and your light to bring purpose to each of the nine sections.

3. Find frames and lines that lead to a focal point.

If it’s possible, place your subject within a frame, such as a window or an arch. This technique leads your audience’s eyes to focus on your subject. Use lines from sidewalks, telephone wires or other background objects to form diagonals that lead to your subject.

4. Bravely move close to your subject.

Experiment with proximity to your foreground object. It’s tempting to get somewhat close and settle your feet as soon as you see an adequate shot. But don’t stop there. Move in closer and see if a more imposing foreground object gives you your best possible shot.

5. Get low for a small creature’s view of the world.

As you find the best shot, not only from side to side or from near to far, but also from high to low. Crouch down or even lie on your stomach to give ground-level objects a sense of grandeur in your composition. This is an especially good trick when taking portraits of animals or children.

6. Steady your camera to avoid blur.

Even a twinge of movement during your photo’s exposure can lead to blur. Steady your body’s weight before you shoot and lock your elbow against your chest, the ground or another firm available surface.

7. Utilise your camera’s ISO settings.

Your camera’s ISO setting, along with its aperture and shutter speed, determines the exposure of your image. If your camera has manually adjustable ISO settings, then utilise that feature and experiment with different exposures for your image. All Fujifilm X Series cameras provide both automatic and manual adjustment of ISO.

With these tips in mind, you can get the best shot.