In the blogging world, especially, I and so many other people are struggling with photography. I’m not a certified photographer and I basically learned everything on my own and I still learn new stuff everyday. However, I wish that I knew some things in the beginning — some things that are proven to be crucial to photography.
Most of the things I’m going to say are plain simple, but, the effect they have is a drastic one.
# No More Auto Mode
In some cases, this is debatable — Auto Mode is accepted IF you shoot the pictures by yourself using a tripod and a remote.
Now when you have a friend that helps you take pictures — make sure your camera is in Full Manual Mode or one of the priority modes (aperture priority or shutter speed priority).
Using Manual Mode or even one of the priority modes – can be overwhelming because there’s a lot of numbers and settings you can use. There’s a lot of tutorials on the Internet on how to set your camera to the best settings but the truth is you gotta learn to value the shutter speed, ISO, exposure, white balance and so on.
Those settings are NOT universal and they shall be changed for every photoshoot or even photo as of if you shoot during the golden hour — the sun goes down really fast so the light changes.
I’m still learning how to use my camera and I’ve been shooting auto mode until February – during a photoshoot with another blogger, I had a click that I should look at my camera settings – the whole story is on this blog post that might help you as well.
The conclusion is that you can play with the settings, choose what you believe its best for the picture and try to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.
# Shoot In Raw
A JPEG is compressed and everytime you add an edit to it — the image compresses even more so it automatically loses information and quality and you’ll end up with a grainy mess that doesn’t look attractive.
A RAW image keeps all of the information and using Photoshop or every RAW image editor — you get to correct whatever you wish without losing the quality of the image.
Do a little test and take a RAW picture and then a JPEG one and then compare them on your computer, you’ll see the difference!
# Get A Good Editing Software
I use Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom — they are both equally amazing to me because they taught me a lot of things about photography.
The thing about better editing software — you can find lots of free ones but personally using those ones from Adobe helps me show EXACTLY what I want through my pictures. The free software is much more limited and you can’t really express your mind the way you actually wanna do it, through photography.
Think that a picture has a message that you wanna send out — this message is created when you shoot the picture but editing the picture can help you highlight that message even more.
# Shoot Pictures At The Right Time Of The Day
If you didn’t know by now, it’s a thing and it’s one of the best things I have learned.
I always try to shoot outdoor pictures during the golden hour which is 1 hour before the sunset or 1 hour after the sunrise. The light during this time is not that harsh and your eyes won’t have that shadow – your whole image will be well balanced in this lighting setting.
# Show Your Pictures To The World
This might sound funny but I use my personal Facebook profile for uploading every picture I edit and it does help because I get to see the reactions of my friends or family which helps me improve my photography before I upload it to my blog or Instagram.
# Don’t Settle
Try to find your style by leaving yourself inspired by other photographers you see on social media. But — don’t settle, always try new settings whether they are shooting settings or editing ones.
Your editing software, if you use Photoshop or Lightroom — has a lot of settings so what you gotta do is just try to incorporate something new everytime you take a picture or edit it.
PS. Also, try to mix editing techniques or styles, you’ll be surprised.
# Use The Right Lense
If you’re gonna shoot portraits — I highly recommend you a focal length of 50mm and for full body shots, a 35mm length would be brilliant!
There is a lot of things I can cover in this area and if you want me to, I’ll make a part 2 of this blog post.
Let me know in the comments what is it that you wanna learn more about 🙂
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