Colloquial expression meaning something with a higher level of important, innovation or creativity.
Ability in a certain area.
Spontaneous, not posed.
Equipment and accessories for a specific purpose.
A large amount of something; an excess.
Something common and everyday, sometimes boring.
Editing a photograph by removing the outer borders.
Whether you want to get those perfect holiday snaps, show off your next-level outfits on Instagram, or just take amazing selfies, these days your photography skills are more important than ever before. We thought we’d provide you with some easy tips and tricks to improve your photography game. Remember, there are many different approaches to photography, depending on what kind of camera you use, the subjects you choose, whether your photographs are candid or posed… The possibilities are endless!
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Carry your camera wherever you go and take plenty of photos
You never know when inspiration is going to come to you, or when you’ll catch the perfect sunset for a photo. ‘Street photography’ is a genre which has its roots in capturing candid, everyday moments on camera. So try to take your camera with you at all times and take as many photos as you can. The best way to improve your photography skills is through practice.
Get up close and personal, but be respectful
Moving your feet to find a different angle, to get closer or further away is the most effective way to get that shot that you really want. If you are taking photos in the street, it’s easy to feel self-conscious if you have to crouch down or get into an unusual position to take a photo, but getting over the social awkwardness will give you far more freedom in taking photos. Remember, even if you do get a couple of odd looks, most people don’t care what you’re doing.That said, if you want to take a picture of a stranger, you should always ask for permission – most people won’t mind at all.
Don’t splash out on expensive equipment
There’s no need to spend a lot of money on new gear. The photography industry is always bringing out new technology, more advanced digital cameras, better lenses and a plethora of accessories. But if you’re just getting started, don’t get distracted by all this. When you are first getting into photography – use the camera you already have. There’s nothing wrong starting to take photos with your smartphone camera and upgrading when you feel like it’s something that you really want. What’s more, despite all the developments in the world of digital photography, the subdued tones that analogue cameras produce are in fashion these days, so why not dig out the dusty old film camera from your parents’ attic?
…but do consider a tripod
That said, a tripod is an inexpensive investment which will really improve your pictures, especially if you are interested in taking portraits or carefully composed shots. They stop shaky hands from ruining a great photo by making it blurry, and they can help you frame your shots perfectly. Another cheap accessory which can be highly effective is a reflector, which redirects natural light to help illuminate your subject without spending money on expensive lights.
Choose subjects which are important to you
Good photography tells a story, and a good photographer is able to communicate something from their own life, or show you a different point of view. So try to take photos of subjects which are important in your life: those can be people, things, places… whatever you like! You could make a list of subjects you would like to photograph, and don’t dismiss the mundane: your living room or your pet might not seem to be worthy subjects to you, but there’s no reason why they can’t make great photographs.
Get to grips with editing, but don’t overdo it
Once you’ve taken your photos, they will probably need a little bit of editing. Getting to know the basics is really important, adjusting parameters like brightness and contrast or adjusting the colour levels can make a big difference to a photo. Cropping is also really important, as it helps you isolate your subject and perfect your framing. Just try not to overdo it, there’s nothing worse than an obviously photoshopped picture or excessive use of Instagram filters. Let the original photo shine!Don’t splash out on expensive equipment