Pocket Guides - Top 10 Tips To Make A Photograph Sneak Peak
As a professional photographer I've got plenty of experience figuring out the best ways to go about making photos. Even though each photographer will have their own personal ways of taking photographs, there are some base habits that would be beneficial for every photographer.
Here’s a sneak peak at my Top 10 Tips – To Make A Photograph.
Don’t Be In A Rush
Rushing through your shots is the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to produce wonderful works of art. The only time you should be rushing a shot is when the moment won’t last for a long period of time.
There’s so much you need to observe before you take your shot. Taking your time to observe the following will help improve your shots in the long run:
- Light & Shadows
- Contrasts, Colours & Textures
- Shapes & Patterns
As with all areas of photography, you should always experiment, whether this is with the settings on your camera or the angles you shoot at. Always keep your subject in mind and what emotions you want to portray in the finished image.
Reset Your Camera
- RAW/JPEG, Metering, ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed
- Focus Mode, Exposure Compensation, White Balance
- Image Stabilisation, Drive Mode, Aspect Ratio
- Bracketing, Picture Style, Battery Level & Memory Card
Checking your battery level and memory card space is of the highest importance! Not having enough battery life or memory card space is the worst thing that can happen whilst you’re out shooting.
Make Adjustments & Re-Take
Your first shot may not always be the final one. You may need to take the same shot multiple times before you’re entirely satisfied. Never leave the review of your images until you get home and analyse them on a computer. Reviewing your shots on-site allows you to identify issues there and then, meaning you can take the photograph as much as you want.
By doing this you can play around with composition, exposure, focal points; you can even experiment with filters if you think it’ll make your shot better! Just remember that if you’re not 100% happy with a photo, take it again until you are.
These are just three tips that can help you make better photographs. I cover 10 tips in total in my 2nd pocket guide, Top 10 Tips - To Make A Photograph. These pocket guides are great to take on the move in case you need that little bit of guidance during your shoots. There’s 7 pocket guides in total with 3 more on the way and are all filled with useful titbits of advice.
I look forward to seeing how these tips can help you improve your photography skills!