100 Photography Tips
- 10 tips for better portraits: 1) Experiment with focal lengths; 2) Create an interesting background; 3) Break the "rules" of composition; 4) Play with eye contact; 5) Try candid photography; 6) Play with light; 7) Frame within a frame;
8) Change perspective; 9) Shoot in black and white; 10) Have fun. "The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster" - Ansel Adams. "There is a vast difference between taking a picture
and making a photography" - Robert Heinecken.
- 10 steps to taking better photos: 1) Learn manual mode; 2) Learn basic composition techniques, & then forget them!; 3) No on-camera flash; 4) Get a fresh perspective; 5) Get closer; 6) Clean up your background; 7) Frame your
subject; 8) Get your white balance right!; 9) Use the histogram; 10) Practice, Practice, Practice! "If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it" - Jay Maisel.
- 10 tips to taking sharper photos: 1) Faster shutter speed; 2) Use a tripod; 3) Focus accurately; 4) Use a prime lens; 5) Keep your lens clean; 6) Image stabilization; 7) Use your base ISO; 8) Find your lens' sweet spot; 9) USe the light;
10) Shoot in RAW. "Your first 10.000 photographs are your worst" - Henri cartier-Bresson.
- 10 tips for taking better candid photos: 1) Lose the flash; 2) Carry your camera everywhere; 3) Be patient; 4) Use a telephoto lens; 5) Add context; 6) Shoot from the hip; 7) Keep quiet and blend in; 8) Catch people in the moment;
9) Move around your subjects; 10) Shoot in burst mode. "It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get" - Timothy Allen.
- 10 embarrassing mistakes I made as a beginner photographer: 1) I never used flash; 2) Constantly on the wrong focus mode; 3) I used the wrong ISO; 4) Always shot in JPG; 5) I didn't know about bulb mode; 6) I never backed up!;
7) I chose the wrong lenses; 8) I transferred over uSB straight from the camera; 9) White balance was always off; 10) I used free editing software. I find the single most valuable tool in the darkroom is my trash can" - John Sexton.
- 10 questions to critique a photo: 1) Where is the visual weight?; 2) Are there any distracting elements?; 3) Is the exposure/metering correct?; 4) Would it look better through a different focal length?; 5) What is the background doing?;
6) How is the composition & balance?; 7) Does the photo require post production?; 8) IS the color accurate?; 9) Does the depth of field suit the photo?; 10) Is the photo cliche? "The are no rules for good photographers, there are only
good photographs" - Ansel Adams.
- 10 reasons your photos suck: 1) Bad lighting; 2) You're making excuses; 3) Wrong white balance; 4) Motion blur; 5) Poor depth of field; 6) Shooting at the wrong time; 7) Distractions; 8) You're trying to impress others; 9) Poor
composition; 10) Too much photoshop!
- 10 reasons why being a photographer sucks: 1) No fixed income; 2) It's become really competitive; 3) People will rip you off; 4) The pay can suck; 5) Too much time away; 6) Nasty people; 7) Everyone wants something for
nothing; 8) Expensive technology; 9) Can become repetitive; 10) Post production sucks! "The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it" - Ansel Adams.
- 10 photography cliches you should avoid to improve your photography: 1) Flowers, pets & sunsets; 2) Fake lens flare; 3) Vintage iPhone apps; 4) Unnecessary black & white; 5) Selective color; 6) Dodgy borders and garish
watermarks; 7) Oversaturated HDR; 8) The "Dutch tilt"; 9) Heavy vignetting; 10) Writing on photos. "There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. and, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful
scene that you have ever witnessed. Don't be bitter because you can't record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!" - DeGriff.
- 10 accessories to improve your photography: 1) Stabilized lens; 2) Tripod; 3) External flash unit; 4) Flash transmitter; 5) Beauty dish; 6) reflector; 7) Flash gels; 8) Lighting stand; 9) Gray card; 10) Polarizing filter.
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