Shutterbugs Unite: Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration for Photographers
11 April 2023
No matter how long you’ve been shooting, there are always new photography tips you didn’t know about that will help you think of, make, and take better pictures—or just have fun experimenting.
Tips on photography aren’t just for newbies; There is always something new to learn or an old bad habit to break, even for experienced professionals. This collection of tutorials will help you get the most out of your photos by teaching you everything from the fundamentals and foundational techniques to camera hacks and advanced post-production techniques
We have divided these photography tips and tricks into sections so that you can start improving your images right away by using the scroll bar up top. You need to be interested in what you’re doing in order to take interesting pictures. Do not simply cruise by on autopilot. Instead, give your composition some thought and try to get the best photos possible.
Understanding the fundamentals of photo composition is the first step. Keep important parts of your subject from being cut off by the edge of your frame. Adjust your photo’s composition to try to eliminate any distractions and maintain a level horizon. Check to see if your picture has a sense of simplicity and balance.
Continue experimenting until you get the photo just right if the first time you try it, it doesn’t look good. It’s easy to press the shutter when something looks good and then stop, but if you look at a few different compositions, one of them will probably be better than the first one.
Today, there are numerous cameras, lenses, and other accessories available for purchase. At Photography Life, we spend a lot of time reviewing them, and it’s true that some are better than others (or better suited to a particular job). However, once you have put enough of them through their paces, the real takeaway is that virtually everything available today is excellent. At a given price, the differences are almost always insignificant.
Therefore, make the most of the camera you already have and don’t look back. The entry-level mirrorless cameras of today are superior in almost every way to the highest-end film SLRs or even DSLRs of ten years ago. However, despite this, those film photographers were able to produce stunning, enduring images.
Your capacity for creativity and familiarity with camera settings are much more important. Instead of focusing on the acquisition of camera gear, concentrate on those.
When starting out, it can be challenging to master all of the camera’s settings because there are so many of them. Even skilled photographers will occasionally make mistakes. However, learning how to properly set your camera and which settings are most important will give you the best chance of taking the photos you want.
Begin by experimenting with camera modes other than full Auto for practice. If your camera does everything for you, you won’t learn anything. Although at first it might be hard to understand, we hope that our articles on ISO, aperture, and shutter speed will give you a head start. Those are the three settings that matter the most to photographers.
Practice using the various autofocus modes to learn how to focus correctly in addition to aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. For stationary subjects, you’ll probably prefer continuous-servo autofocus (also known as AI Servo) over single-servo autofocus (also known as One-Shot AF). Unless it’s so dark that autofocus won’t work, don’t use manual focus.
Last but not least, if you intend to edit your photos or anticipate doing so in the future, shoot in Raw. JPEGs look good straight out of the camera, but post-processing is much harder on the files. Shoot both RAW and JPEG if you’re unsure, and save the RAWs for later just in case.) For more information, see RAW versus JPEG.
It is essential to avoid overexposing highlights in a photograph when selecting your camera’s settings. Why is this? Any detail can’t be recovered from white areas in a picture. I, like I’m sure you do, prefer the sky in my photos to have nice texture and color rather than just being a big, featureless blob.
It is fairly simple to preserve your highlights. However, this is where the significance of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed lies. With the exception of the flash settings, these are the only camera settings that have a direct impact on a photograph’s brightness. Even exposure compensation, which is a crucial setting in and of itself, simply instructs your camera to alter one or more of these three variables.
Check the camera screen to see if there is any overexposure when you are taking pictures. If this is the case, the first thing you should do is reduce your ISO to its base value, which is typically 100. Utilize a faster shutter speed if it is already present. That will resolve the problem. Concerning the aperture, check to see that it is not set to an absurd value (f/32, f/45, etc.). and you’ll do fine.
Enable zebras and histograms if your camera is mirrorless. With these tools, you can check your exposure and get a photo with a good exposure more quickly. Light is probably the single most crucial aspect of photography. You’ve made a big step toward getting a good picture if you take one with good light. But what exactly constitutes good light? There’s more to it than sunsets.
Frequently, the objective here is to achieve intensity balance between your subject and background. Even if you’re taking a stunning sunset picture, a completely dark and silhouetted foreground could ruin the image.