Sharpen Your Photography Skills WIth These Simple Tips

Sharpen Your Photography Skills WIth These Simple Tips
Whether you have ambitions of selling your photography work or just want to be able to create vivid, incredible shots for your personal appreciation, there are a few things you should consider doing. It takes years of learning and experience to become a pro photographer, but with a few simple changes to the way you work, it’s possible to start getting better results. Let’s take a look at how you can sharpen your photography skills - read on to find out more!

Post-production

Thanks to the increase in editing software available, the post-production process is much easier than it used to be. That said, if you want an average photo to start singing off the paper it is printed on, you will need to develop your editing skills. Something like advanced Photoshop classes might be of use, to help you refine your skills and work quickly to produce striking work. While no amount of editing will save a poor photo, it can rescue something that is not quite perfect.

Buy A Sketchbook

First of all, inspiration rarely hits us at a suitable time. How many occasions in the past have you visualized a great shot, only to reach for your camera and find it’s not there? A small sketchbook that you can carry around with you all the time is the perfect solution. If you have an inspiring thought in the middle of the night, for example, jot down your thoughts so you won’t forget. Real photographers often have shots appearing in their heads, and if you don’t record the ideas, you won’t remember - it’s that simple.

Learn Composition

Learning about the basics of composition is probably the single most important thing you can do. There are plenty of guides out there that go into full detail about composition, but to get you started, here’s a simple suggestion. Instead of making the main subject front and center of the shot, try dividing the photo into three areas of equal size - either vertically or horizontally. Then it’s a case of positioning your subject on one of these imaginary lines. You will find that your images are instantly more balanced, interesting and impressive than they were before.

Warm Your Back

Good photographers always have warm backs, as they understand the importance of keeping the sun behind them. If the sun is on your back, you know that light will be falling on your subjects, and it’s so much easier to create stunning shots with this perfect natural lighting. The only exception to this rule should be when you are feeling particularly arty. Then, using the sun from different angles can work - for extreme silhouettes or strange lighting effects, for example.

Unexpected Angles

The average person will always take a shot from the same angle as everyone else. So, your final tip of the day is to start thinking differently. Instead of the eye-level snap of a beautiful flower, for example, try looking up to it, or directly down to it instead. There are brilliant shots available from any and every vantage point, and if you want to create something different, you’ll need to use them all.

Hope these tips have helped - feel free to leave some of your own below!

5 comments

Pam Scalfi said...

these are awesome tips! Must try different angles!
Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

Marisa Cavaleiro said...

Perfect, I just need to know this to improve my work, thanks...
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Lauren said...

Thank you for sharing these tips!

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Candice Petersen said...

These are some great tips! Thank you for sharing...

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Beauty Unearthly said...

Interesting post dear! thanks for sharing