Essential Photography Tips for Beginners (p3)

10. Avoid camera shake

Camera shake can make a photo unusable. You can reduce the chance of blurry images by increasing your ISO and opening up your aperture to gain quicker shutter speeds. However, this is not always a good option, especially when you want to maintain other qualities of your image.

So, start by reducing camera movement and learning how to tightly you’re your camera.

11. When looking through the rangefinder, keep both eyes open

This has some advantages. Especially when shooting portraits, your subjects can connect with you by seeing one of your eyes. If not, many subjects can feel a little uneasy because you’re hiding behind the camera.

Moreover, keeping your both eyes open can help you monitor what’s out of the frame and you can predict when your subjects will enter the frame. This is important and necessary for capturing animals, sports, or other action shots.

12. Learn to use exposure compensation

Sometimes you may take photographs which don’t expose your subject properly – for example, they are too bright or too dark.

You can quickly and easily fix these images by using the exposure compensation to make your subject look right.

13. Photograph what you love

It is more enjoyable and interesting to photograph what you love. If you are passionate about people, nature, pets, or anything else, start by taking pictures of them.

14. Make use of reflections

There will many unique opportunities for you if you pay attention to things that other people don’t. Especially, you should look out for the reflections.

You can find them during or after rainy days, in lakes, in puddles, or even in swimming pools. There are other sources such as mirrors or big glass windows.

15. Utilize the photography “golden hour”

Lighting is paramount because it dictates the shape, contrast, shadows, and texture in your images. The golden hour is about one hour after sunrise or before sunset.

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