There’s always room for a little improvement. This list provides five must know tips for any skill level. Even after years of photography being one of my biggest interests, these tips have become incredibly help and could help you to improve.
1.) Protect your lens; it’ll save you in the long run.
Protecting your lens regardless of what your camera is will save any annoying dirt or debris coming in contact with your lens as often as it could. Protecting your lens could also protect your glass from any accidents that can sometimes occur. Protecting your glass with a lens cap if you own a bridge type or DSLR camera is a good way to do this as when you are not using your camera, you can be sure it is safe from any irritating dirt and the worse scenario; a scratch. For smaller digital cameras, the use of a protective lens cap may not be possible and so one recommendation would be if the lens retracts into the camera, when not using the camera, turning off the camera will reduce the likes of dirt and gunk getting into your lens’ surface.
2.) Never forget the battery like I have
As a photographer myself. I have had a few red-faced moments where I have forgotten the odd thing – after all, it happens. The worst thing that can happen is to forget the camera battery and miss your shot completely. I know it’s an obvious mistake but it happens and when it does, it happens when you see the perfect shot and you can do nothing about it. An annoying one at the best of times but it is better to have and not need than need and not have.
3.) Check your settings before shooting
From a shooting perspective, I have had golden opportunities to shoot some one of a kind shots only to realise I have left the camera set to what I was previously shooting. Sometimes you’ll be lucky and get a decent shot, although as a perfectionist it leaves me annoyed all the same, mostly you’re met with an improperly set up shot leaving you feeling annoyed. Always remember to check your settings such as your ISO, exposure and aperture if these settings can be adjusted.
4.) Checking your composition would help you to improve
Checking your composition could make editing time shorter and ensure you get the exact shot you want without having to spend more time trying to perfect the shot you want. Taking a little bit of time to frame your shot before pushing the shutter will make you think more about the shot and to get the photo you want variably quicker.
5.) The best tech isn’t always the best
I’ve had my fair share of drooling over the biggest and best camera available. From my own experiences using DSLRs, I’ve felt the best isn’t always what it seems. Shooting with an idea and image of what you want out of a shoot can really help regardless of what level kit you have.
To conclude, if photography is your hobby or you’re shooting for big bucks, some of you learnt something new or were reminded of something that could help you in the future. Simple skills such as this could save you time, help you to develop and grow your photography.