Tuesday, August 9, 2016

HERE'S 10 DIFFERENT, YET EFFECTIVE TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

WE ALL GET TIPS ON HOW TO IMPROVE OUR PHOTOGRAPHY:  USE THE SHUTTER SPEED JUST SO, AND APERTURE LIKE THIS, AND USE THE RULE OF THIRDS IN OUR COMPOSITION, AND BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.  THERE ARE OTHER TIPS OUT THERE THAT ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT, THAT ARE OFTEN MISSED.  WHEN I SAW THESE TIPS, I THOUGHT, YEAH, THESE ARE OFTEN MISSED BUT ARE STILL REALLY VERY IMPORTANT.  IF YOU LEARN THESE TIPS TOO, IT WILL CERTAINLY TAKE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN PHOTOGRAPHY.  SO, LET'S LEARN FROM THIS PHOTOGRAPHER JUST WHAT HE HAS FELT IS ANOTHER 10 SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC TIPS.

AUTHOR:  ANDY TEMPLETON:  from PictureCorrect

1. Move closer to your subject. Nothing kills a photo quicker than a distracting background. If you have a great background try bringing the subject closer to the camera so they don’t get lost. Remember this tip if nothing else.

“chit-chat” captured by PictureSocial member Raluca Mateescu

2. Take lots of pictures. Digital photography is cheap and it is good! It is okay to shoot multiple photos with only slight variations…keep and share your best photos. Also you don’t need an expensive camera; I have photos from all over the world hanging on my walls that were taken with a $300 point and shoot.

3. Get creative. It doesn’t take much to enhance a photo. Pictures taken from 5 ½’ above the ground can look repetitious. Think about changing the perspective – get down on one knee or on your stomach if possible. Stand on a chair. Experiment with different lenses if you have them. Experiment with composition.


"Frosted grass"  captured by Lanny Cottrell"  123photogo

4. Rent equipment. Professional camera stores are not just for professionals. They have rental departments where anyone can pick up an exotic lens for a day or more. Many that can be used on non-professional cameras. These rental departments are manned by people with lots of photo knowledge and people are generally more than happy to “talk photography” if not too busy at the moment. Don’t be shy.

“The Catcher in the Rye” captured by PictureSocial member Arman Zhenikeyev

5. Use the camera’s flash. Especially outside. Your eyes can look at a person in front of a sunset and see their smile but your camera can’t. It is either going to record the colors of the sunset and your subject will be a silhouette or your subject will be visible and the background will be overexposed. Be conscious of shadows on people’s faces – again utilize your flash. If your subject is looking into the sun they are squinting – turn them away from the sun and fill shadows with flash.

Photo courtesy of Raneyphotography.blogspot.com

6. Think of your camera like a painter’s canvas. Be the artist. Is there a garbage can or other unwanted item in the frame that can be eliminated by simply moving a foot or so to the left or right? Look at the entire frame you are about to capture, not just the one main element you are focusing on. Sure you can fix it in Photoshop but it is better to capture it the way you want to see it.

7. Study Pictures. Pictures you like. Cut them out of your favorite magazines or newspapers. Keep a file on your desk and just take a moment to look at them and tell yourself what you like about them. Bookmark web sites that have photos you like. Go to them often. Develop your eye.  Use this blog's "Photos of the Week" every Thursday.  Great, incredible photos that you can study, learn from them and see if you can figure out how they were taken.  A lot of these photos now are having comments added as to how they were taken so we can all learn about how they mastered this photo.

"Photo of the Week"  by Lars Van De Goor.  Dated July 21st, 2016.  If we go by what the author says, and we study these award winning photos, what can you learn about this photo?

8. Learn to take a little criticism. All photographers love their own photos. You put your heart and soul into them. You want to show them off. They are pictures of your kids, taken with the camera you always wanted and just bought. How can people not love them? Remember art is subjective. Not everybody is your mom.

9. Get your pictures published. Local newspapers have photography contests, generally centered on a theme: children, pets, travel. If you are in the right place at the right time, CNN might be interested. Don’t forget about the internet. There are always photo contests you can enter online. Publish your own website. There are plenty of free sites that will allow you to build a web site using your photos. They are a great way to share our art and these days you don’t need a degree from MIT to do it.

Note from 123photogo:  There are many photo groups you can belong to on Facebook.  Take a look at some of the many photo groups you could belong to.  Or just start publishing your photos on Facebook.  It is amazing how some photographers get discovered by having really good photos show up.  Somehow they get published throughout the world.  You can get discovered through social media.

10. Learn from your mistakes. But don’t be afraid to break rules. Photography is fun and creative. Nobody is going to die if your snapshots are a little off or weird. What might not work one day may be a stroke of genius the next.

And one last time, move closer to your subject.

“Kelso Dunes” captured by PictureSocial member David Urban

For the amateur photographer, these are ten easy, non-technical tips to help you improve the quality of your photos. While there are many technical aspects of photography, great pictures usually begin with a confident photographer who has learned to master composition before worrying about F-Stops.


About the Author:
Andy Templeton is a professional photographer located in Orange County, CA. Andy specializes in editorial, public relations and corporate photography. Find his site at
http://atempletonphoto.com to see his photography, access articles on leveraging images to enhance your business or access his photography blog.



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