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Improve Your Photography Game With These 10 Tips

LIGHTING

This is my number one tip! Make sure your lighting is perfect. You don’t need the most expensive equipment to get the perfect lighting. Natural light is your best friend, place your model or object in front of a window and see the difference instantly. Wait for the golden hour to do your outside shoots.

ANGLES

Don’t go for the first obvious angle when you pull out your camera or phone, take a few seconds to look at your surroundings. Usually hip / waist angles are the more flattering. Move around as you take different angle shots. Wait for the golden hour to do your outside shoots.

FRAMING DETAIL

When you’re taking pictures of a model add details like balloons, flowers and extra props. If you’re shooting an object place some props relevant to your object around it. This technique is used to draw attention to something in your photograph. You lead the viewers eyes to the primary focal point.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Buy books, not gear. We all think we need the most expensive gear available. But the truth is educated yourself first. Get to know your camera settings by heart, learn manual mode. Take photos as much as possible and practice every day. There are a lot of resources available so make use of them.

SLOW DOWN

Take time to think about what is going on in your viewfinder before pressing shutter. Check out the lighting, the angle and how you are going to compose the shot.

BE PATIENT

Give yourself time to grow. Don’t expect to gain 10 years of experience in one day. It truly takes a lot of practice and dedication. There are a lot of great photographers out there, and they all started with a first photo that was far from perfect. Follow them and be inspired every day to become better.

FIND YOUR STYLE

We all have different tastes and likes when it comes to photography. Find your own style and stick to it. Not everyone will like it, but most will love a different unique style. Think about the market you want to target. I found a lot of people giving advice on what they like, take the advice as long as it’s not changing your own look.

FRESH IDEAS

Photography should be fun and it’s great to think of new ideas. Don’t copy other photographers work directly. Sure, use it as inspiration and use the idea but don’t copy the photo. If you love it and really want to do it, change it up a bit. Do a different pose, bring in props, change the location and make it your own masterpiece

BE SURE

These might seem like simple tips but trust me they might save you. Always have an extra battery fully charged. Make sure your lenses are clean. Take a lot of photos so that you have a variety to choose from.

HAVE FUN

Photography should never be a job, if you know what I mean. Photography is my passion and I love every second of it. I strive every day to be better that yesterday. I do a lot of research and read books that will help me. I’m always thinking about my next idea, this is so much fun for me. That is why I say have fun along the way.

by Elize Trichardt

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