Here are 30 quick photography tips to help you improve your photography skills. These photography tips are a summary of the 30 days of photo tips, that I ran on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. I have kept them all very short and therefore easier to grasp and remember.
Let’s get to it:
#1: Look for a background in contrast to make your subject ‘pop’. A bright subject will look better against a dark background.
#2: For a postcard-like photo of a monument avoid the crowds of normal hours and go at sunrise when the lights are better too.
#3: In bright snow, try to add +1 or +2 stops of exposure compensation to get the snow white instead of gray. Use the +/- button to change the exposure compensation.
#4: Get used to taking images that aren’t shot from the eye-level. Photos from an unusual point of view are often more interesting.
#5: Spend a week shooting with the same lens. Limiting yourself sharpen your skills by making your re-think how you take photos.
#6: In bad weather cover your camera with a plastic bag with a cut-out hole for the lens. Tape the lens to the plastic bag. Look through the open side.
#7: It can be more challenging to decide what to leave out, than what to include in your composition. But doing so leads to stronger photos.
#8: Get to know your camera’s buttons blindfolded. The better you know your camera, the more you can concentrate on the subject you want to capture.
#9: Forgot your tripod? Improvise by placing your camera on your camera bag, a table or trashcan. Use the self-timer to trigger the shutter to avoid camera movement when you take the photo.
#10: Slow down. Take your time before you press the shutter. Look at what is going on in the frame? What is at the edge? Where is the light coming from? Slowing down helps you simplify the composition.
#11: Shoot in RAW-format. It gives you much more data, and you can ‘push’ your photos further in post-processing.
#12: On a bright day with harsh shadows, switch on your flash to fill in the shadows and create an even exposure of your subject.
#13: Sometimes “frame” a scene like a movie director by holding up your hands up and create a rectangle with your fingers? It helps you figure out what to include in the frame.
#14: Get closer to your subject. Try your best to fill the frame with your subject. The closer you get, the better your images will get.
#15: Buy books, not gear, if you want to develop your photography skills. Owning more gear will not make you a better photographer.
#16: If your camera can’t autofocus in direct sunlight, use your hand as a lens hood to cut out the strongest light, and make it easier for your camera to find focus.
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#17: Don’t shoot with the sun behind you. The photos will become boring and flat-looking. Instead, shoot with light coming from the side or behind your subject. It creates shape and a more compelling photo.
#18: Use spot metering and meter for the bright background, to create a beautiful silhouette photo.
#19: Make a habit of analyzing the images you keep and publish. There is a reason why they are better than the rest. What is it that make them good?
#20: To pre-visualize a black and white image, look only at lines, shadows, shapes and textures.
#21: Get to know the exposure compensation button. It’s the one with the +/- sign. Adjust it towards a (+) value, if you want to brighten the exposure. Adjust it towards a (-) value, if you want to darken the exposure.
#22: Use leading lines to draw the eye. Look for lines that connect the foreground with the main subject.
#23: Limit the number of colors within the frame to give the colors more impact.
#24: Use negative space to make your images more simple. If the scene is too cluttered, crouch down, so you will be able to get more of the sky into the frame.
#25: Take a moment to look at the space around your subject. Look whether anything is merging with your subject (like a tree coming out of your subject’s head.) If yes, change your point-of-view or move your subject to avoid it.
#26: Great photos don’t come from being trigger happy. Great photos come from reflecting before pressing the shutter at the right time.
#27: Create visual pull with colors. Use a strong red color to draw the eyes. Red signals danger and naturally draws our attention.
#28: Keep your subject off center. It is more appealing to the eye if your subject is at 1/3 from the side and 1/3 from the top or bottom of the frame. Check out the Rule of Thirds.
#29: Be deliberate in practicing a particular photographic technique. Don’t just try it randomly. Being deliberate is the shortest way to mastery.
#30: Be aware of expanding your photographic comfort zone, by pushing the limits of what you can do. Try out a new technique or switch genre for a month.
I hope you enjoyed these short and quick photography tips. As you can see these tips are very short, so there’s no excuse for putting at least a few of them into practice.
Do you have your own tips, that you want to share? Feel free to do so in the comments below.