“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”
— Susan Sontag
Photography is an art of capturing moments by freezing time and shutting on memories. It is such a versatile and creative way of expression. There are many photography tips that you can learn for taking better photos and improving your photography skills.
Good photography skills come handy in many careers including blogging, they also go a long way in making your Instagram feed interesting.
I’m one of those people who loves photography because it’s one of the best ways of creative expression. It makes me very happy to take pictures of beautiful things and endearing views.
It’s because of this love of photography that I decided to sign up for a free photography course ( Photography: Developing Your Eye I ) available at the blogging university. This is a course for ten days which was a lot of fun. Each day a theme was provided for taking a photo and along with it a great photography tip to help in taking the photo.
At the end of ten days I learned ten brilliant tips that has definitely improved my photography skills.
I really found these tips helpful and so I want to share them with you through this article. Here are the ten simple yet effective tips that will improve your photography skills by adding extra value to your photographs-
#1 Photography tip:
Learn your basics!
Make sure you’re comfortable with your camera! Start with reading your camera manual, or explore the features in your camera phone.
You can use any type of equipment to take photos. You don’t require the latest and most expensive camera for great photos. To take good pictures all you need is to know and know really well your own equipment.
You can use any equipment from your smartphone to a point-and-shoot, or your dSLR or something else. I’m using two equipments-
- Sony RX100 VI 20.1 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera w/1-inch sensor, 24-200mm ZEISS zoom lens and
- Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro C7010 64GB – Blue Navy .
Usually I end up using my phone camera because (I’m lazy and also) it’s more convenient.
#2 Photography tip:
Be flexible and move around!
Try to capture an establishing shot: a wide-angle photo that sets up a scene. You may need to back up a few steps, or climb some stairs to higher ground to fit the whole scene in one shot.
Move around your target before you click your final photo. Try to take the picture from different angles. Go for the shot which will bring out the overall aspect or a panoramic view.
#3 Photography tip:
Portrait or landscape shot?
Ever wonder whether a photograph will work better horizontally or vertically?
You can take two different photos of the same scene. First capture the scene as a horizontal or landscape photo and then as a vertical or portrait image. Then, compare both to select the one that works best.
Everytime you snap your picture, rotate your camera and take a shot from the other orientation — horizontally if you first took the picture vertically, and vice versa. Which way works better?
Best Camera for Beginner Photography:
Nikon D3400 w/AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (Black)
#4 Photography tip:
Caption is the short description of a photo that you can include under the photo. Add a nice caption to your image so viewers know what they’re looking at!
Write funny or informative or explanatory captions to make the photos more entertaining as well as engaging. Captions make photos seem more interesting and also helps to catch attention.
#5 Photography tip:
Don’t forget to tag your photos!
Add relevant tags to your post, tags that you choose must be related with your posts. For example: I’ll be adding the tag “photography” with this post.
If you are writing an article, you can use the tag ‘article’ and if the article is about love, you can add another tag ‘love’ with it. Do not use more than 15 tags with each post or else your posts won’t show up in the WP Reader.
Tags group your related posts together, help to organize your site content, and tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for others to find your latest posts in the WP Reader.
#6 Photography tip:
Rule of Thirds!
Pay attention to the placement of your subject. As you frame your shot, consider the Rule of Thirds, which is a great introductory lesson in composition.
The rule of third says that you should divide your shot into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you get nine parts:
Once you have divided the shot to get nine parts, place your subject at the intersections of these lines (or along them) to create a dynamic, off-center composition.
#7 Photography tip:
Experiment with Point of View!
Once you’ve chosen your subject, experiment with your POV, or point of view. Snap a photo from an unexpected angle. Take many photos from different angles of the same subject, then compare how different they look.
Best Camera for Beginner Photography:
Canon EOS REBEL T7i Body
#8 Photography tip:
Don’t be shy to Zoom In!
Use the zoom function in your camera, or physically move closer to capture as much of a scene as you can. Zoom in on your subject or a particular detail to tell a more interesting story.
#9 Photography tip:
Pop of color!
When it comes to experimenting with colors, it’s best to keep it simple. Experiment with only one color.
Look for a strong color within a basic composition of uncomplicated lines — your pop of color will stand out more. Basically a bright color will pop up against lighter background.
Pair an accent color with white, you’ll see its impact immediately.
#10 Photography tip:
Go for Black & White or Monochrome!
Black and white photos are and will always be classy and elegant. If you do black and white photography right, you might succeed in capturing your own classic masterpiece.
Think about how black, white, gray, and the shades in between can interact in your frame in dynamic ways. As you compose your shot, look for sharp lines, distinct patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and very light and very dark colors.
Photography means different things for different people. Some people like to take personal photos, some find their muse in nature- hills, mountains, flowers, etc.
Some people use photography to share their lifestyle- what they wear, eat, etc with others. No matter what inspires us to click pictures and regardless of whether we are or aren’t on Instagram, most people enjoy photography.
I truly hope the ten photography tips that I learned from the blogging university course on photography will be as helpful to you as they were to me. These are very simple things (some probably you already knew) but when taken under consideration they do make quite a big difference in the photos we take.
Did you find the photography tips useful?
Please share with us if you have any other photography tips.