Jumping Into Photography

So, I am sure most people are bored and tired of playing the same video games and struggling to hit the right vibe with that TikTok dance you’re trying to learn, leaving you with nothing else to do while you’re in quarantine. Let me help you out a bit. Have you ever wanted to learn photography or take those fancy photos but don’t have the equipment to do so? Well let me share some of my knowledge to you that can maybe get you on the right path. 

First thing’s first, you should never be worried about what kind of equipment you have, a true artist will always find a way to prevail, at least that is what I’m told. You don’t need a fancy Nikon or Canon camera to be taking artsy photos of scenes you like. It’s just as easy as using your phone, and it is all about how you line up the photos you take. If you’re trying to be creative and take an appealing photo, you should hardly ever take a photo where the subject is in the middle of the picture (but this doesn’t mean you can’t do it). Try to imagine that you have a tic-tac-toe board in the picture your trying to take, like this photo below. 

Source: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/X3qsuvJ6Cy8/maxresdefault.jpg (Philinthecircle on YouTube)

See how the rocks and the person standing on those rocks are occupying about a third of the photo? People call this the rule of thirds, where your subject at matter only takes up about the third of the picture, whether that’s top, bottom, left, or right. They say it’s more pleasing to the eye at first glance, and I completely agree. It can turn your cheesy photos into something creative, just by positioning the focus within a third of the photo. Here is an example of a photo I have taken utilizing the rule. 

Photo by Andrew Nishimori

Most of my photos are taken with my phone. t’s very easy to get a pretty shot, you just have to keep an eye out for something appealing and then apply the rule of thirds. 

One last thing I’ll share is to never use flash at all if you’re trying to get an artsy pic. You should only use the natural lighting you have and if the photo isn’t coming out right, (i.e. Not enough light in the picture) then the picture isn’t meant to be. The key to using natural light correctly is taking your pictures at the right time of day. There are a couple beautiful times of day where honestly just about any photo you take comes out a masterpiece. These times are shortly after sunrise and a bit before sunset, this gives you a short window of time (about 30-60 minutes) where the sun has a soft red color to it and just about everything looks amazing. This is called the Golden Hour.  

Using these techniques and a cell phone, you can begin your photography journey and take some beautiful shots along the way! 

Andrew Nishimori

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