Photo Tips

PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO EDITING TIPS

Anticipate the Action

When on a shoot, try to anticipate the action and plan your position and camera settings in advance. With practice your instincts will improve, leading to much better shots and fewer missed opportunities....

Memory Chip Size

There is a lot to think about when purchasing memory chips for your camera. On the one hand, more is better; having 16 GB of memory to work with will make it easier to forget about your card and just keep...

Memory Chip Speed

There are two things to think about when purchasing a memory card: how much data it can store, and how quickly it stores data. Memory is generally measured in gigabytes (GB), while chip speed is ranked...

Creative Cropping

Experiment with cropping photos in your photo editing software. Your camera will always shoot the same aspect ratio but nature doesn’t always conform to that. Cropping can improve the composition of a...

Creative Portraits

Instead of taking a standard head shot portrait, try to take a photo that represents the person being photographed. Get to know your subject and try to reflect their passions, eccentricities, personality or...

External Flash Bounce

For an external flash, instead of pointing the flash directly at the subject, try pointing the flash in different directions. Bounce the light off of the ceiling or some other surface. This can soften the...

Invest in a Polarizing Filter

A simple polarizing filter is one of the most important and versatile tools in a photographer’s arsenal. Some filters are for very specific situations, but a polarizing filter will cut down on glare and...

Focus on Patterns

One trick to taking really striking black and white photos is to focus on shooting images with rich and detailed textures and patterns. This will add depth to your photos, which might otherwise appear two...

Framing a Shot

Sometimes the whole picture isn’t the best picture. Framing a shot to capture only the most interesting or unusual part of an image can help viewers to see even ordinary subjects in a new way. (Remember...

Use Manual Zoom

Buying a camera with powered zoom is tempting, but there are good reasons to stick with a manual zoom lens. First of all, it’s probably cheaper! It also allows you to make adjustments much more quickly, and...

Strategic Backgrounds

When taking photos of people faces, you want to choose a backdrop that provides interesting contrast and texture for the shot, but does not detract from the focus of the subject. Try different backgrounds to...

Black and White: Get Up Close

Shooting people in black and white is a great opportunity to focus on the details of their face without any distracting colors. Get up close, and focus on taking headshots that really showcase the subjects...

Look For Contrast

When working with black and white images, using contrast is key to make for striking photos. Without color, contrast is the best way to make your image dynamic and interesting. Experiment with shadows, shades,...

See in Black and White

One of the most important skills to learn when shooting in black and white is to be able to look at the colorful world and see the potential black and white images. Start anticipating how different tones will...

Capture the Whole Scene

Buildings are big. Capturing the entirety of a striking piece of architecture can be hard, especially without compromising the clarity or quality of your image. Consider using a wide angle, or fish eye lens,...

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What’s On the Inside Counts Too

There will likely be things inside historical buildings that you want to photograph as well. Remember that in these situations you are relying on the artificial lighting of the building, so take the time to...