Photography is a learning-by-doing process, the more time you invest in photography the better you will get!
If you are an absolute beginner let me give you these quick tips to improve your photography skills.
Start taking images using Manual Mode:
Manual mode gives you full control over your images and will help you to get better results. Photography courses and workshops can help you to improve your skills and can improve the quality of your photographs. There are many professional photographers out there who offer photo workshops or courses and experienced photographers will give you tips and advises which you can later use for your own photography career. Another great way to learn is to join a local photo club or an internet photo forum, there you can talk about your images and images of other photographers, this is just a win-win situation in my opinion.
Start to Shoot in RAW:
So, if your camera supports shooting in RAW, then you should definitely turn it on!
RAW will open up new possibilities for you later while processing your image. You can consider raw files as uncompressed image files which means that you have just a much better quality compared to jpeg.
Mostly raw-files are much bigger than jpeg files, which also means that your camera’s buffer will be filled much faster if you shoot in the continuous shooting mode. Fortunately, there are tons of fast and large memory cards on the market, if you mainly use continuous burst shooting mode, you will need a memory card with a fast writing speed. So, if your camera supports shooting in RAW, then you should definitely turn it on!
Try to isolate your subject from its surrounding
Isolating your subject from its surrounding can be achieved by using the minimum aperture value your lens can provide. For example for portrait photography, there are great lenses on the market which have a wide aperture and therefore will get you a great background. The Canon 85mm 1,2 II is famous for its bokeh, it’s really sharp, has a fast autofocus and is probably one of the most popular portrait lenses on the market.
Trust me, your images will definitely look more professional if you try to isolate your subject from all of its surroundings because if your background is soft and smooth your subject will just stand out more. It takes a bit of time to understand how the aperture, but photography is a learning-by-doing process, the more time you spend and invest the wider your horizon will get. Start to experiment with different subjects, try to set different aperture values and you will see that you will understand everything better with time.
Using expensive gear is not enough
Taking images with expensive camera bodies and lenses will not automatically make you a great photographer!
The only function of your camera is to capture a special moment, a fascinating scene, capture the image you have in your mind. There are many photographers with non-professional equipment who take brilliant and well-composed images who have their photos on magazine covers or who have won photo competitions. You easily can create a masterpiece with cheap photo-equipment. So remember it’s not the camera which takes good images, it’s the photographer. Your camera is just a tool that will help you realizing your ideas.
As always, I really hope you have found the tips and ideas in this article useful.
Stay tuned for the 2nd part ! Thanks for reading & see you next time !