Five Photography Tricks We Wish We Learned Sooner

Photography is a trade and an art that requires not only great talent but also learning and practice. The beginning can be challenging, but seeing progress in the shape of better photos is absolutely worth it. To get a good start, all you need is to stay curious and utilize some helpful advice.

The following tips are based on the knowledge accumulated by professional photographers. We are passing it to you now, as you will someday pass it on to your own photography protégés.

Always Check the Camera Settings

A real photography downer is shooting an entire session, thinking you really nailed it, only to discover in hindsight that you had the wrong camera setting the entire time. Before you begin the session, always take a quick look to see that you are on the right [setting] track

Aim for the Eyes

When you’re taking a human portrait, you want to focus on your subject’s eyes. For starters, this makes a great photo composition, framing the entire shot around the part of the face that is arguably the most important. And chances are if you get the eyes right in portrait photography your photo will be a success.

Plan for the Location

There’s a fair amount of pre-planning involved in photography, especially when you are commissioned to take professional photos for an event or especially a wedding. To prepare yourself for a superb session, you need to know what to anticipate in terms of lighting, colours, permanent structures, traffic, heights, angles and much more.

Get Ready for Some Math

You don’t need to be a certified numbers wizard, but some math (technically, it’s optics) does come with the territory. Rule of thirds, shutter speed, depth of field and other key terms in photography will require quick thinking and on-the-spot calculating.

Move Your Body

You want to be perfectly still when you click that button, but other than that you should be ready to stay in motion. Some shots will appear much better if you bend down, others will require you to seek some kind of elevation. Some photos require you to lay down on the ground, I used to find this very embarrassing when my husband used to do, but I soon learnt that to get the right shot that’s what you have to do. You’ll find yourself moving back and forth, closer and further from your subject. In short, a good photographer tends to be in shape.

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