10 Pro Tips for Amateur Photographers
You love photography but you don’t know the difference between HDR and SLR? Can’t stay away from your camera but not sure what a tripod is? Sounds like you need some tips from professional photographers.
Photography is a wide field with various ranges of expertise – from complete beginners to genius experts. If you’re just starting out, you can enjoy the knowledge accumulated by professionals over the years as you learn and improve your skills.
We reached out to a few serious photographers that were happy to contribute these super helpful tips. Use them well!
Hold the camera close: Lot’s of amateur photographers tend to hold the camera while stretching their arms forward, away from their faces. This can totally destabilize your entire posture and reduce the image sharpness. Don’t be distant, keep the camera close to you and maintain maximum stability.
Use the timer: For an untrained hand, pressing the button to take a photo can create tiny yet uncontrollable and undesired movements, which gets you blurry images. If you use the timer, you have a few seconds to regain stability after the click.
Flash during the day: Sounds a bit strange, but it actually works! Shooting with Flash during sunlight helps the camera to deal with unexpected natural light that may be coming from the worst possible direction. This works especially well if you shoot against a very bright light.
Zoom with your legs: Need a close up? Try to get closer. Camera zoom is a great feature (especially if you have professional gear, which most beginners don’t), but you probably noticed that it reduces the quality a bit. Walking a few steps can save you some zoom distance and spare you that.
Try different angles and positions: Don’t set your mind on just one position. Be agile as you shoot and experiment with different angles. You don’t know for sure which one will bring you the winning shot. Moving around will also teach you a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of the different positions.
Learn about photo editing: This is not considered cheating. The best photographers in the world also use technology to enhance their works. Using photo editing tools will help you get more out of your images, and also help you understand contrast, colors, light and other important photography elements.
Have a look! Wix offers a great online photo editing tool with tons of features and options.
Read: Photography is combination of art, science and technology. There’s a lot of theory and knowledge involved. If you truly want to understand photography, you need to get familiar with the lingo and learn at least the basic terms. Digital Photography School is a great place to start.
Get a card reader: Don’t use a USB cable like the rest of them. Buy yourself a memory card reader to be able to transfer photos from the camera to your computer at a normal speed. Any serious photographer who ever experienced the transfer with a USB cable knows how frustrating it can be. It only costs a few dollars and can save you tons of time!
Don’t delete from your camera: Regardless of how terrible a photo may seem to you on the tiny preview screen of your camera, please have the patience to wait and view it in normal resolution before making any rash decisions. Even if it is a bad photo, watch it to learn from your mistakes.
Just shoot! Don’t overthink it, don’t be hesitant and don’t try to save time. Just shoot as much as you can. You learn by experimenting and you gain confidence by doing. On the way you also take a few awesome photos. You’re probably using a digital device, so it doesn’t even cost you anything! Make your camera work. It’s the best way to improve.