Photography takes a lot of practice (trust me!). I look back at my early pictures, which I thought were phenomenal at the time, and now cringe at the lighting and composition. There are a few basics things you can do today that will result in a better picture.
#1 – Turn off the lights and your camera’s built in flash.
Your pictures will look more natural…let your camera do the work. This picture was taken on a gloomy day with all the lights turned out. I promise…it can work!
#2 – Think about composition and use the rule of thirds.
When you look in your camera’s view finder, there is usually a grid nicely placed on your picture. Use it and place your subject in the thirds. This will give you better and more interesting composition.
See how my sewing machine is in the right third. If it were centered, this picture would have a very different look.
#3 – Take one more pic.
You think you have the perfect shot…now snap another one. I can’t tell you the number of times I have kicked myself for not just taking one more (or 10 more). If you are photographing people, it is not always easy to see if someone blinks on the small camera screen. Another issue is if you happen to shake a little when you press the button. No one wants a blurry picture.
#4 – Take outdoor pics at dusk, dawn or overcast days.
You may not always be able to control this factor, so find a big ol’ shade tree and place your subjects under it. Make sure there are no sun spots coming through the leaves and snap away. You can also use shade from a building…just find the shade!
#5 – Subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom and Photoshop.
This is one of my absolute must haves! Your pictures will thank you. My go to tool is Lightroom. My main concern for photo editing is color and exposure. Creative cloud allows you to do a monthly subscription, so you will always have the most up to date software. The other great feature is that it can be on multiple devices – your phone, iPad, laptop and computer. No extra charge!
My Camera & Recommendations
- My Camera: Nikon D700 (Full Frame) Newer version
- My DSLR recommendation (mid-price range): Nikon D5300
- My DSLR recommendation (entry-price range): Nikon 3300
My Lens & Recommendations
- My Favorite Lens: 50mm f1.8 (Full Frame)
- 35mm f1.8 (this is a 50mm equivalent for cropped cameras – D5300/D3300)