If you want to become a really good photographer, buying better cameras and photography gear isn’t enough. You need to improve your photography skills too! Firstly, you need to practice and take a lot of pictures. The most effective way is to use little photography tips and tricks that are real game-changers. Here are 20 easy photography tricks.
1. Hold up
Hold the part where the shutter button is with your right hand. Place your left hand under the lens, and keep your elbows close together to reduce camera shake. Make sure that you stand with your legs open to keep the balance. Moreover, you should hold the camera as close to you as possible.
2. Raw is better
Use the RAW format in your camera. It is the least processed form of the pictures. I know it sounds like a bad thing, but it isn’t; this format allows much more freedom in editing compared to the JPEG formats. A picture has four times more pixels when you shoot it in the RAW format!
3. Mix it up
Try different modes, especially aperture priority and manual mode. They give you more control over your pictures as you can play with the shutter speed, aperture, and exposure. If you just use the automatic mode for photography, it will get boring and you will never learn to control the settings according to the situation
4. Beautiful blur
Take a black paper, cut a random shape in the middle. It can be a star, heart or even a square, just be creative. Now tape the black paper on the lens and take pictures of a bunch of lights or bulbs. Voila! You have created a bokeh of your desired shape.
5. All shadows are not spooky
You can use tea or vegetable strainer for this. Hold it up in front of a light source and take a picture of yourself in front of that light. This way you can create great beautiful shadow patterns on your face in a very cheap, even free technique!
6. Technology in disguise
Open up a picture of your desired background and place your mini subject in front of your laptop screen. Now, put something black on the keyboard that can act as a smooth base. Finally, take a picture of your object with a fancy background
7. Light box
You can make your own lightroom effect by pasting white paper on a glass window. Use this during the day so that the paper is backlit because of the sun. It is a fun and cheap way to make your pictures look professional.
8. CD lens flare
If you tilt a CD around your camera lens, in some angles, it produces very pretty glares. These glares give the images a more aesthetic vibe, and it does not even require a lot of time and effort. By using the CD, I mean the back holographic side, not the printed one of course.
9. Heavy Metal
Scrunch up some pieces of aluminum foil and paste them on a wall. Take pictures of the subject in front of this background for a very cool silver and bokeh-ed photo effect. Especially when the aperture is high, and the background is a blur.
10. Find the golden hour
Golden hour is the time right after sunrise and right before the sunset. Portraits in this light are beautiful. So, try to take pictures at those times of the day so that the skin of the subject looks like it’s glowing.
11. Capture flowing water
Increase the shutter speed on your camera when taking pictures of water bodies, especially streams. You need a tripod for these pictures. Since you can’t hold the camera still for that long and don’t want blurry pictures. Using a longer shutter speed will capture the movement of water and capture soft dreamy water streaks.
12. For old times sake
Not all pictures pull off the black and white effect. Usually softer pictures with very few harsh edges look better in black and white. It gives them a mysterious and intense look. It is very important to balance between the blacks, whites, and greys properly.
13. Get a tripod
For a lot of cool pictures, especially those which need to capture movement and nightlife, the camera needs to be very still. This is why you need a tripod because, in longer shutter speeds, slight movements are much exaggerated and can ruin a picture.
14. Make one instead
15. Light trails
You can make patterns, shapes, and words by using a light, which can be a flashlight or sparklers. All you have to do is set your camera on a tripod, increase the shutter speed to maximum and tell someone to repeatedly make the same shape with their light source till the shutter clicks. It captures the object motion and you can see the light trails on the screen.
16. Too flashy
Although it is absolutely necessary to use flash, it is better to avoid it. Mainly when taking portraits, It usually overexposes the subject. There are still ways to make the flash less harsh, for example by holding a white plastic bag in front of it or attaching a black foam paper to its bottom.
Look for repetitive patterns and photograph them. The outcomes are usually very satisfying and attractive to look at. These pictures can be very vibrant, like a photo of umbrellas or dull like a photo of an old building with many small windows. Nevertheless, pictures with repetitive patterns are high appreciated on social media. There are many other ways to create desirable images for social media.
18. High angle shots
A picture of your food can look very appealing using a high-shot angle. This means that the picture is from an overhead angle so that it creates more impact. This way you can see all the items that are there in the frame and nothing gets blurred out. This type of photography is usually done in food blogs making the content more attractive.
19. The 1/3 rule
You know that grid on your camera’s live view? Yeah, it’s not useless. The one-third rule suggest that if you place your subject at the point where the two lines intersect, it brings more attention to the subject. It is a common misunderstanding that you should place your subject in the middle box of the grid.
20. My name is blurry face
A picture looks more appealing when the background has less or no noise so that the focus in on the subject. This can be done by setting a big aperture, which is a lower f value. In an 18-55 mm lens, the lowest f value is still not low enough to create good background blur. A great lens for this is the 55 mm portrait lens.
Every photographer and blogger should know these cool photography tricks which sometimes give astounding results. The best part is, you can use a lot of these hacks using your phone camera too.