My 5 BEST Photography TIPS

5 BEST Photography TIPS

In hopes of continuing to provide you with the most useful photography tips I can offer to help you become a better photographer I thought I'd put together a list of the 5 BEST photography tips I can think of. Here they are:


1. GET TO KNOW MANUAL MODE
Learn what the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO do and how they work together so you can get the best picture possible in order to capture as close to what our eyes actually see. Learn night photography too! If you can shoot night photography you will understand photography MUCH better! Here's a helpful chart I once found:


2. ALWAYS TRY DIFFERENT ANGLES WHEN SHOOTING ANYTHING!
Instead of shooting from eye level maybe try shooting from the ground or above (that's one reason why I love drone shots!). The subject that you are shooting will look drastically different from different angles and it will capture someone's eye much quicker than the usual eye-level picture. Here's a couple different angles of the snow I took the other day of the same street unedited just so you can see the difference the camera angle can make in a picture:


 

3. ALWAYS SHOOT IN RAW 
If you need to adjust any settings in post it doesn't degrade the quality of the picture. Try to get as many different exposures in camera as possible to get as close to the way you want it to look and if need be you can always adjust in editing with Photoshop or Lightroom (or any other editing software you may use).

Here are the 2 snow pics above (shot in RAW) as I just threw them into Adobe Lightroom and did a quick edit on both of them so you can see the difference between the pics as it doesn't degrade the quality of the pics at all:

4. USE THE RULE OF THIRDS!
The rule of thirds is VERY important in capturing people's eye to your picture! Basically, if you take a picture and draw 4 lines over the picture like you are going to play tic-tac-toe it will separate the picture into 9 evenly different sections. You want to try to place your subject on the lines or where the lines intersect as they are called your "power points." It draws the viewers eye to the picture and it makes the picture more interesting to view. Here is a good example: 


5. ALWAYS EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT WHITE BALANCE SETTINGS
Your white balance settings are VERY important and can drastically change the color in your pictures! Your goal in choosing a white balance setting is to get it as close as possible to how your eyes actually see it. So look at what you are shooting, take a test shot on AUTO white balance, then for example try TUNGSTEN & WHITE FLORESCENT LIGHT and see which one looks more like the way you actually see it. There are other white balance settings as well so feel free to experiment with all of them too. Here's an example of a picture of a 2'x2' painting of the front cover of one of my music albums with 3 different white balance settings using the same shutter speed, aperture, and ISO:


Auto white balance

 
White florescent light white balance


Tungsten white balance

I always start with AUTO white balance and then try others. In this example, I'd say the AUTO white balance is more what the picture actually looks like as the White Florescent & Tungsten both have a slight tint to them, but it all depends on what effect you are looking to get when taking a picture. So if you're going for a bluish tint effect you might like the Tungsten white balance, but I always try to match what my eye sees so I'd go with the AUTO. Just be open to experiment and have fun with the process!

Hope this helps as it's A LOT of fun when you can capture an image exactly the way you actually see it! Feel free to send me any pictures you take and I'll be more than happy to give you some feedback! :)

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Sincerely,

Steven Archdeacon