Digital Photography Tips

With digital photography there are always tips and tricks that we can use to improve our photographs whether digital photography is our profession or our hobby. These photography tips will save you from learning the hard way how to create great photographs.

  1. Remember: great photography is about interesting light and strong composition, not technical wizardry.

  2. Take time to plan how you will make your photograph happen. Take inspiration from other photographs, but make your own feel personal.

  3. Learn to change the active focus point instead of allowing the camera to choose several points. Using the center focus point on the eye of the subject or on the correct place for a landscape, hold the shutter button half-way down, recompose the picture then finish pressing in the shutter button.

  4. Buy the best tripod on the market that you can afford, cheap ones break easily.

  5. Experiment with the manual mode to create different effects. Trial and error will be your best teacher.

  6. Try a bounce flash in portraits. Point the flash at the ceiling or a side wall and the bounced flash onto the model, will give a softer, more flattering light.

  7. Use digital image editing to enhance your photo, it's not cheating. Just don't pretend it's a representation of the actual scene.

  8. A cheap reflector will do more to improve the lighting in your photography than an expensive portrait lens

  9. Shoot many different shots, not several of the same scene.

  10. Learn where to focus on the person closest to the camera when shooting a group of two or more people

  11. Use the rule of thirds. Imagine four lines, two lying horizontally across the image and two vertical creating nine even squares. Some images will look best with the focal point in the center square, but placing the subject off-center will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph.

  12. Use a polarizing filter to reduce reflections from water as well as metal and glass. It also improves the colors of the sky and foliage and protects your lens too.

  13. For portraits choose a background with neutral colors and simple patterns, particularly if the model is placed off-center.

  14. If you want to capture a subject in motion use the panning technique. Choose a shutter speed around two steps lower than necessary – so for 1/250, choose 1/60. Keep your camera on the subject with your finger half way down on the shutter to lock the focus and when ready, take the photo, remembering to follow them as they move.

  15. Whether you're taking a child's portrait, set your camera in its fastest drive setting. Shoot in short bursts to improve your chances of getting a great photograph

  16. Try a telephoto lens when photographing landscapes. It simplifies the scene, often making a stronger picture, particularly if you want a black and white photograph

  17. Use your car as a hide if you want to take photographs of wildlife.

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