How to take great pictures

I was just reviewing some of the pictures that the kids from the media club has taken for their sports day. And they look great!

Thus I thought I’d share some simple tips on how to take better pictures.

For me, in photography, composition is very important. Each picture needs to tell a story. I enjoy looking at a photo and try to make out what the subject is thinking and imagine how it feels to be in that situation.

1. Focus on a subject

When there too many things going on, it makes the picture seem cluttered and impersonal. Zoom in to something that catches your eye and focus on it. Dont be afraid to move or getting closer to your subject.

Much better right?

2. Crop away unecessary distrations

But if it is impossible to move closer, take your pictures in the largest resolution possible. While in Picassa or in photoshop, cut away the distractions.

3. Try different angles

With different angle and position, you could create a bland picture, to something more interesting. If you crouched down, you could make the subject appear more omnious

And if you take a picture from an elevated angle, you could make the image appear as if you were a being, looking from above.

4. Capture the moment

Some of the best pictures arent even posed! Be in the moment and let the subject personality shine through


5. Take as many pictures as you want

Its okay to make mistakes! We’re using digital cameras anyway. Just delete the ones you dont like and have fun taking your pictures

I hope you find these tips useful. Happy photographing! πŸ™‚

Pictures were taken by the talented students of Media Club, Shuqun Secondary School

8 Replies to “How to take great pictures”

  1. Nice one, i learn a thing or two here!

    but when you cut away the pics and enlarge it, if the picture resolution is low, it will be pixelated & grainy

    for next guide, do a “which camera to buy?” perhaps …

    hey that’s clementi stadium! I train there daily last time when i was in poly

  2. It all looks easy…*click *click *click..fab photos right? But the trouble with me is finding the right settings, just cant seem to get it right. But like u say its ok to make mistakes, but sometime I miss the photo opportunity!

  3. Myztika

    I am sure you can do it too πŸ™‚ *cheers you on* Hehehehe


    Thats a great idea πŸ™‚ But as far as range goes, the only cameras that I’ve been using is the

    * Canon Ixus 70
    * Canon EOS 350
    * Nikon D40
    * Nikon Cookpix E5900

    And one camera brand that I dont even remember the name 😐 So if I were to compare brands, I’m quite limited. Actually photography is a very expensive hobby. I should have gotten a prime lens a long time ago, but I keep hesitating cause the one I would like is quite pricey … :

    Oh yeah, its clementi stadium! Great eye you have πŸ™‚ What made you recognize it? All stadiums look quite similar to me πŸ˜›

    Nana Jr

    It looks the same? Naah, yours has a stripe at the sides.


    The above are just simple tips πŸ™‚ Of course, everyone has their own style. I have a preference for focusing on the subject while there are others who wants to capture the entire atmosphere. Everyone is different πŸ™‚


    We all miss a opp sometimes, but its not so bad, cause we’ll do better the next round! πŸ˜€

    Looking forward to seeing all your pics! πŸ˜€

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