In this post I want to share with you my 5 tips for improving your photography in 2017. But before I go into details, let me first give you a little story about the start of my journey with photography.
We are all artists of the camera!
how we see the world is how we see the world, and that is art. For example if you are a photographer who captures images of everything you see with a keen eye for detail, or someone who prefers landscapes over portraits and always looks for the best angle and lighting conditions, or maybe someone who captures moments rather than poses, or someone who focuses on abstracts instead of anything else… whatever it is, you are an artist! The way you look at things and then transfer them onto a digital memory card or paper will be unique to you, your vision and your style. And that’s what makes it authentic!
So I have put together this list of 5 ways to improve your photography in 2017 which will hopefully help you get out there and really capture those special moments that can never be replaced. So without further ado let’s jump right into it!
1. Stop Using Your Phone To Take Photos!
I know I know, this one is hard for most of us because our phones
1. Don’t buy the camera; buy the lens.
If you have a nice DSLR, I would recommend you to get some good lenses for it! Okay, that’s pretty cliche and a bit of a catch-22. The more expensive the lens is, the better quality it is. So that’s why you should get the most expensive one? No. There are plenty of lenses out there in all different price ranges that can help you take professional looking photographs.
You just need to know what type of lens will help you in what situation. If you want to take travel photos, then you may want to invest in a wide angle lens or a telephoto lens (unless you want to travel with a giant lense). If you only want to shoot portraits of your family and friends, then maybe investing in an 85mm prime lens might be better. You can even buy used lenses off sites like eBay if they have good reviews!
2. Think about where you take photos when you’re on vacation
If you’re going on vacation somewhere, then think about where will be the best spots to take pictures at? When I go on vacation I usually like taking pictures at waterfalls or old ruins/buildings because they have so much character! Taking
The truth is that you really need to know your camera inside out. This is where I would start.
Rule 1 – Buy art singulart
Camera manufacturers have made some phenomenal cameras, but they are still only as good as the latest technology will allow. The trouble is that no matter how good the technology is, it’s never enough. Manufacturers make their money on new models.
What this means in real terms is that no camera will ever be perfect and there are always going to be trade-offs. If you’re serious about photography, then you should be looking at the best equipment at a certain price point that you can afford.
I have an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II which I love and adore, but I also have a Leica M9 which cost me £2000 four years ago and I adore it just as much if not more! You may well look at my photos and think ‘How can there possibly be any difference?’ Well, actually, my friend, there is a lot of difference!
The Leica has no auto focus or auto exposure modes and so forces you to really get to know your camera and its capabilities inside out. No excuses! You can’t blame your camera for a badly exposed shot or for not getting
“You can’t take a bad picture” is an oft-repeated adage that is often misunderstood. The idea behind it is that if you follow the rules and compose the scene properly, you will get a good photo.
How to fix it:
If you are trying to decide whether a photo you took has merit, ask yourself these questions:
1. Did I follow the rules of composition?
2. Did I underexpose/overexpose my image?
3. Has there been a change in color temperature (tint)?
4. Does my subject matter have any distractions in the background or foreground?
5. Is there any dead space (unused area) in my photo?
If your answer to all of these questions is “yes”, then you probably have a photo worth keeping!
If you only have time to follow one of these suggestions, pick the last one first. It is by far the most important.
1) Shoot in RAW.
2) Shoot in manual mode and learn how to use your camera’s meter
4) Buy a tripod!
5) Get some art for your walls
“Here, we will do an exercise in ___________ (fill in the blank with your degree).
I will teach you how to ____________ (fill in the blank with specific skill you want to learn).
There is nothing like real world experience.”
These are phrases that I have heard more times than I can count on both sides of the Atlantic. In fact, they are just a few of the many words of wisdom I’ve heard over the years. These statements and others like them are often spoken by those who appear to not have a clue what they are talking about. And they are far from harmless.
This is because we all naturally seek validation of our knowledge, skills and abilities and when told that experience is the best teacher, we start believing it and want to actually get “real world experience”.
But if you are a student, what does this really mean? Maybe it means that you should spend time working for free or getting paid very little in a store or other business so you can learn about how things really work. Or maybe it means going into debt so you can get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur or go into great debt so you can get a taste of what it’s like to be an investment banker.