Every time I come up with a photography tip that is useful, I write it down. While most of these tips are not very useful, I do try to share them with as many photographers as possible. Here are 10 of my favorite tips. These tips cover everything you need to know about photography, from basic techniques to creative composition. These tips will be particularly helpful if you are learning photography. Arianna Diaz is a Ecuadorian photographer. I graduated from Efa Photo School and was also a Stage Actress. Euphoria Arts Studio specialize in portraits, headshots, entertainment, and commercial photography. I enjoy country music, Peruvian cuisine and micheladas.
Use Your Composition
Engaging with your subject is the key to taking engaging photos. Do not let your mind wander and go along with the flow. Instead, think about your composition and make sure your photos are as beautiful as possible.
It all starts with understanding the basics of how to create good photos. You shouldn’t cut off any important areas of your subject by removing them from the frame. Adjust your composition to remove distractions. Check to see if the photo is balanced and simple. If the photo doesn’t turn out well on your first attempt, don’t be discouraged. Keep trying until you find it.
Make the most of the camera you already have
Camera gear isn’t all that important.
Today, there are many cameras, lenses, or accessories available. Photography Life spends a lot time reviewing them, and we can confirm that some are better than others or better suited to a particular job. Once you have tried enough, however, the main takeaway is that almost everything is great today. These differences are usually minor, especially when you consider the price.
Find out which settings matter
It takes practice to master all the settings on a camera, especially for beginners. Even the most skilled photographers will not always be able to do everything correctly. It’s worthwhile to learn how to properly set up your camera and what settings are most important to get the best shots.
Try out different camera modes than Auto. If your camera makes all the decisions, you won’t be able to learn much. Although it might seem confusing at first glance, our articles on ISO, shutter speed and aperture will help you get started. These are the most important settings in photography.
Do not overexpose highlights
It is important to not overexposed highlights when setting up your camera. Why? It is simply impossible to capture any detail in white areas. For me, the sky in my photos should have texture and color. I don’t mind if it looks flat and boring.
It is easy to preserve your highlights. This is why ISO, shutter speed, and aperture are so important. These settings are the only ones that can directly alter the brightness of a photograph (unlike flash settings). Exposure compensation, which is an important setting in itself, tells the camera to adjust one or more of these variables.
Pay attention to the light
Light is probably the most important aspect of photography. A good photo will show you have taken an important step towards a great picture. What is good lighting? But it’s not just about sunsets.
The goal is often to balance the intensity of the light between your subject matter and the background. Even if you are photographing a stunning sunset, a dark and shadowy background could ruin your photo.
Take your time
If you’re not careful, it’s easy for mistakes to be made in photography. This is why it’s important to slow down, take your time and be patient when learning photography.
First, double-check your camera settings. You may be shooting outdoor portraits in the sun, but your settings for photographing Milky Way are not correct. Take your time and slow down to ensure you get it right.
Move your feet
It is easy to get stuck while taking photos. Do not fall for this trap. Instead, keep your feet and your tripod moving as much as you can. Move up to the top, adjust the camera’s height, move forward and backwards, do whatever it takes, but don’t stop moving.
You can take 12 photos at the same height and in the same direction without having to move your feet or tripod. They won’t look very different if you take a dozen photos from the same height, facing the same direction, and without moving your feet or tripod at all. You’re missing great photos if your entire portfolio is taken at the same height without any experimentation.
Learn When to Use a Flash
Flashes don’t have to be used in dark environments.
They’re great for adding extra light to your project. Use a 50mm lens or longer, attach an external flash to the ceiling and tilt it towards the ceiling. Your event photos will amaze everyone you know. This is the easiest way to achieve great results, even if you don’t know what you are doing.
Flashes can also be used outdoors in the middle or late afternoon. This is what fill flash is all about, if you haven’t heard it before. A gentle flash can be used to fill in shadows around your subject. Most people won’t even notice the difference.
Clean Your Camera Lens
Too many people walk around with their front elements of their cameras lens dusty, dirty and smudged. This is the easiest way to get blurry images 100% of the times.
A little dust will not cause any damage; it will not even be visible in an images. You can’t clean every lens without removing the lens. These tiny particles have no effect on photos.
Instead, I am referring to lenses that have not been cleaned and have grime and fingerprints that aren’t removed in years. Get a microfiber cloth with lens cleaning solution. Take them on your next trip and use them at most once per week.
Learn the basics of post-processing
Although post-processing may not be a priority for most photographers, it should. A good photo can sometimes become something extraordinary with the right post processing.
When you are post-processing it is easy to get carried away. The most important thing to do is make sure that your edits don’t become permanent. You can either save your files using the Save As command or edit in software that stores them in a separate file.
Post-processing refers to creating a mood or guiding the eye of your viewer through an image. This skill will improve over time. My top tip? Keep it simple. Your photos shouldn’t look over-processed.