I’ve been a professional photographer for the last 9 years. And I always get alot of questions photography related, rather it be camera, settings, or editing questions. So I thought I would share here my top 10 tips for better pictures. These could apply to the mom trying to take better pictures of her children or the aspiring photographer.
Learn how to use your camera
1. Learn how to use your camera. You can have the fanciest most expensive camera. But knowing how to use it takes time. Invest in classes! Or ask me, I’d love to help!
2. Invest in a good lens. The lens that comes in a kit with the cameras are not very good! I only shoot with prime lenses.
3. Shoot in manual! You want to control the camera. Don’t let it think for you!!
Shutter speed: For your shutter speed, I always suggest turning it up. Especially if you are photographing little ones who move alot! I always leave my shutterspeed pretty high (around 1000).
Aperture: For your aperture, if you are starting out, bump it up to 3.0 or so. Then as you nail your shots, you can open it up some more. Depending on the look you are trying to achieve. I love the light and airy look. So I exclusively shoot at 1.2-2
ISO- measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. So this will depend on the lighting situation. But this is
4. Speaking of lighting. It’s the most important aspect to getting a specific look to your photographs. I do not suggest shooting in direct sunlight! This is not flattering on anyone! Instead find some open shade, if it is during the sunny time of the day. Otherwise sunset and sunrise will always be beautiful. For indoors, use the window light! It’s your best friend for indoor photos! No flash!!
5. Hold your camera and body as still as possible. Even holding your breath when taking the photo.
6. Shoot in Raw format. This will allow you the most control over your image when you edit it!
7.Learn how to edit. More to come on that soon! But editing can take an okay photo to an amazing photo!
Rule of thirds
8. Learn the rule of thirds! Do not center the images. You will then see this everywhere and it will become automatic to you! I notice when watching movies!
9. Practice! It takes time! Take your camera everywhere you go! And get comfortable shooting in different places!
10.Focus on the eyes! Adjust your focal point to your subjects eyes! Get comfortable toggling the focal point quickly.
I hope these tips are helpful in helping you create beautiful images!
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