Photo Tips

PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO EDITING TIPS

Take Your Time

Buildings and monuments are built to survive the test of time; they aren’t going anywhere. Take the time to appreciate what you’re photographing before shooting – it will help you pick of...

Get a Guide

For travel photography, if you can afford it, hire a guide. Local guides will be able to help with every aspect of shooting in an unfamiliar place and will have knowledge of great places to shoot and how to...

Frontal Lighting: Know What Works

When you’re trying to capture all the details of an amazing scene or action, shoot with the light directly behind you. It’s the most predictable and easy to work with lighting situation, and it...

Forest: Use Cloud Cover

In a forest, bright sunlight can create harsh shadows and difficult shooting conditions. So try to go out on cloudy days where the light is softer.  ...

Maximize Your Packing

Half of travel photography is travel – which can be a challenge all by itself. Smart packing helps ensure that you are well prepared. When backpacking, every little thing counts, and multipurposing is...

Have a Clear Message

Even if you think the action you’re photographing speaks for itself, always have a clear idea of what you’re trying to convey with your photos. What emotions are you trying to evoke, what details...

Exercise: Use One Focal Length

Choose a photo project and use only one focal length lens. This will help to build a better understanding of specific focal lengths and force you to take the best possible picture without relying on zoom lenses....

Camera Shake

Generally, shutter speeds slower than 1/60th of a second can lead to blurry images due to camera shake. To prevent this: -Use a tripod -Try a faster shutter speed (this may require a larger aperture or a...

Soften Your Built-In Flash

The built-in flash on most cameras often produces harsh looking photos. Try diffusing the light from the flash by holding a thin tissue or some other translucent material in front of the flash. Many store...

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Always be aware of your surroundings, whether you’re shooting landscapes, bands or really any kind of photography. If you get too stuck with your eye in the viewfinder you may not notice potential dangers. It...

Look at Great Photography

Take the time to look at a lot of good photography. Keep an eye out for interesting exhibits, browse through photography books or find interesting websites. Looking at great photography will help to develop...

Sometimes Shoot Blind

Sometimes take wide-angle pictures without looking through the viewfinder or at the screen. I frequently point the camera in the direction I want and snap a photo without looking at the composition. This makes...

Shooting Stars

Shooting meteor showers is tricky, so preparation is key. Make sure that you are in a very dark location, away from light pollution. Check the forecast beforehand to be sure the skies are clear. And bring a...

Cloudy Days

Cloudy days provide soft light often flattering shots of people. Look for a lot of color in your background....

Steady without a Tripod

Don’t have a tripod? Attach a long wire to a screw that fits on the bottom of the camera. Step on the other end of the wire then pull till the wire is tight. This will help steady your camera. This...

Standard Lenses

Lenses around 50mm in focal length are considered “standard”. These are good general purpose lenses useful for everything from close ups to portraits to landscapes....

Creative Use of Neutral Density Filters

Lens filters that reduce the amount of light entering a camera but don’t effect color are called Neutral Density Filters. These can allow you to use slow shutter speeds in bright conditions. Try using a very...

Exercise: Limit the Number of Shots

Try choosing a project in which you will limit yourself to a maximum number of shots. 30, 20, 10 or even 1, shooting a limited number of shots forces you to take more care with each shot and helps you to best...

Always Bring Your Camera

Whether its your DSLR, a point and shoot or even your cell phone camera, always bring it with you. Many of the greatest shots are random events that wouldn’t be captured without your camera....