Are you a Web Designer? Graphic Designer? or anyone dealing with photos on your work? Then you are at right post.
Many web and graphic designers enjoy photography as a hobby, and some even offer both design and photography services to clients. If you haven’t yet taken much interest in photography or attempted to improve your understanding and appreciation for photography there are a number of ways that it can actually benefit your work as a designer.
How do you choose the perfect images for your website? You have three options: take the pictures yourself, hire a professional photographer or use stock photography. But I choose to take my own photos.
Have you Try to take picture for yourself?
Taking pictures yourself can be quick and inexpensive but, not everyone has the talent or creativity needed to get the quality shots wanted. This can result in spending too much time trying to get the shots you want and then get them to properly work for your site. Remember, good photography isn’t just about the quality or resolution of the image but also, getting the shot that crops well with responsive sites. But, just because you’re not a professional photographer you should not be discouraged from trying to take the picture yourself.
So, if you decide to give it a shot, here are a few tips to improve your pictures. Most importantly, get to know your camera or whatever you’re working with. Just by getting to know your equipment and understanding what setting does what alone your photos will improve. Practice, because practice does make perfect. Do not be afraid to grab your camera and play around with it, take pictures of anything you come across. Learn the basic rules of photography. These are rules like the rule of thirds. Where you divide your frame into thirds horizontally and vertically. Place your subject in one of the grid’s intersection points. And always pay attention to how you frame your pictures or how you can frame them better.
It’s okay to get close to your subject, the best zoom lens are your feet. And if you wish you hadn’t gotten that ugly garbage can in the background. It’s okay because you can crop it out when you edit the image. Not all shots will be perfect. And sometimes enhancing the pictures on editing software’s like Photoshop, Lightroom or Affinity Photo can transform your picture into what you need. These tools will leave you wondering if there is a professional photographer within you after all.
Any website can be let down by its weakest link, the purpose of design is to deliver on the goals on the site. Engaging photography can boost success rates, poor photography can severely hinder.
Give your designer the tools to best meet your goals and present yourself in the best possible light, you won’t regret it.