Tips and Tricks to Make Your Photography Better (Beginner)-

Beginner Photography Tips & Tricks: How to Make Yourself a Better Photographer

Hi everyone! Today I want to chat about something I’m super passionate about- photography! I’ve had an interest in photography since I was young. I used to take my little point and shoot Olympus camera around my backyard, and even dress up my cat and have her model for me (hah). 

You would think since I’ve been a photographer for so long I must know everything. Well, that’s not true. I’m always aiming to learn more and more, photography is always evolving and is something you need to keep up with as time changes.

Photography is a never ending learning hobby. Actually, one of my first tips is you NEVER stop learning and evolving as a photographer. 

I just want to make that clear, so you don’t finish reading this post and think you’re done with photography education. 

I gathered 5 tips that can help you step up your photography game, so let’s get started! 

Learn Manual Settings

If you’ve done any research on learning photography, usually the first and most common tip you’ll see is learning manual. There’s a reason why this is so crucial-

You will have more control

You will have way more control over the end result of the image, giving you more creative control. For example, if you’re shooting a moving object you’ll want a faster shutter speed (maybe 1/600). If you shoot at 1/50, you will get a blurry photo, and no one wants that (unless that’s what you were creatively intending)! If you need to shoot at that low of a shutter speed you will need to use a tripod.

Slow Shutter Example-

Beginner Photographer Tips

To help you better understand manual settings, I included a cheat sheet-

Photography Manual Guide

Basically- aperture, shutter and ISO all can be used to control brightness. To make a photo brighter, you can lower the f-stop number, lower the shutter speed number, or increase the ISO number.

You want to be careful when changing the ISO number. I always try to aim to be under 500 for best quality. It can also depend on the camera you have, better quality (but more expensive) cameras can have the ISO increased without any issues.

Changing the shutter speed can also come with problems. I try not to go under 1/100 because I use a lot of motion in my images and anything under that produces blur. It really depends on what you’re shooting.

Lighting Matters

One of the biggest components of photography is light. Photographers use light to change the tone of an image. Typically I advise to shoot at sunrise, sunset, or blue hour for the best and most even lighting. What I mean by even lighting is there’s no harsh lines from the sun. Unless that’s the look you are going for (there’s no rules in photography)!. You can also find shaded areas to prevent harsh lighting as well.

Here are some stock images that show different lighting:

Sunrise/Sunset-

Blue Hour-

Midday Sun-

Shade-

Shoot at Different Angles

One tip I rarely see on photography forms is to shoot at different angles. To me this is huge. The composition of your photo can dramatically change from which angle you shoot it at. Sometimes you might have to get on the floor and sit at weird angles. I like to use a stepping ladder and bring it with me to get a birds eye view effect. 

Here are a few examples of different compositions-

Start Learning Photoshop 

I want to be 100% honest with you guys. I don’t like when people say you don’t need photoshop or editing skills to be a good photographer. Film is just not a thing anymore (sadly). Today it’s all about digital photography. Part of digital photography means that we need to have a good understanding of post processing. You don’t have to master it in a day, but you need to understand these basics-

Exposure (controls how bright or dark the image will appear) 

Crop/Adjust Tool (controls the size of the image) TIP: Instagram is always 8:10

Contrast (difference between black and white in the photo)

Sharpen (Technique to increase sharpness) 

Saturation (How much color will be in the image)

White Balance (Balance the temperature of colors, going from cool (blue) to warm (yellow) )

You also don’t need to pay thousands of dollars in college education for photography anymore. Photography has changed drastically in the last ten years because of social media. I went to college in NYC back in 2012 for photography for education purposes (obviously) and for connections. Thanks to social media these days you now have easier access to both. 

Some great platforms you can use to educate yourself:

Good Youtube Videos:

How to edit skin

Photoshop Tutorial

Lightroom Tutorial

-Online Courses

Local Courses in your area

Pinterest Posts 

Last Tip: What can I do to make the image more interesting?

Might be a different tip, but this is most important! This is what will make you a better photographer. I always ask myself before I take or plan a photograph: what can I do to make this photo more interesting?

Maybe you can-

  • Put a flower in the corner of the camera so it’s out of focus
  • Shoot a portrait from a birds eye view instead of straight on (using a step ladder of course)
  • Get below and shoot looking upwards

By making the image more interesting, you will stand out as a photographer. Anyone can snap a photo, it’s what you put in the frame that makes a difference.

Camera gear I recommend for beginners- 

Canon EOS Rebel T7-

GOgroove Camera DSLR Backpack

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