Are you keen to learn stuff about photography?
Here is where it's at. 67 will be posting tips and things either from the mind of me or from the mind of others.
Go back over the previous posts and tips and come back to see new stuff.
Read up, take it in, ask questions, enjoy. Get your photography on!
"Creatives are both introvert and extrovert, they think deep and lateral, they analyse, frame and focus, develop and imagine. Creatives are rarely flustered. Creative explore outside their heads, delving into the imagination and parallel universe of our lives."
What's my best side?
When taking a portrait of someone and you want to be sure to get their right side, ask them to take a selfie with their phone. They will instinctively point the phone camera to what they perceive as their best side and that's the most important thing. The customer is always right!
Then you will know their (perceived) best side and this will help you get 'their best side' when you take the photo, which will save numerous reviews of every photo you take and having to try different shots again & again.
"Why is it important to 'format' the card in the camera rather than in a computer?"
The main reason for this is every camera brand formats differently and every camera is different. Also every computer formats differently to. So even though your card might be readable, it could well be corrupt and eventually cause you issues such as lost or faulty photos. Case in point I did a wedding last week and the second shooter used one of my cards, however lightroom could not read the RAW files, even though their camera was a canon like mine because the card was not formatted in their camera, it caused issues. I was able to convert the images to jpeg and rescue them for editing, but it could have been a disaster, something you don't want with wedding photos.
If you format in the camera you are going to use, it is a clean format and formatted to use in that particular camera. Better be safe than sorry.
BUT... remember to back up your photos to at least 2 places before you format the card. Once formatted its nearly impossible to recover the images, although in some instances it can be done.
ready! set! go!
Ever picked up your camera, taking a photo and realised it was set wrong and you got a dark blank image or a very over exposed image?
Tip number 9 is... remember to reset your camera each time you finish using it so that the next time you pick it up it's ready to go.
If you shoot in Auto or have started using the Av/Tv modes, remember to reset back to auto after you have finished, so when you pick the camera up the next time you can pretty much point and shoot.
If you are a manual user reset your settings to the following as these are pretty good baseline settings that will allow you to point and shoot in reasonable conditions every time.
Charge your batteries and clear your cards.
That's right, simple things that get forgotten. If you are going to an event to take photos or even whilst on holiday remember to charge your batteries the night before, empty your memory cards (you should back up to at least 2 places) and then format the cards once you have backed up. Also remember to format in Camera, not anywhere else.
Change your perspective
If you take a photo and it doesn't look right, not exactly what you were after, then change your perspective. Either move to change the angle, get below your subject or get above your subject. You could even take a photo of the same image from multiple perspectives and then choose the one that best suits your need.
Are you annoyed with the space above?
Don't be. Humans have this thing where they are insistent on filling space with stuff, usually unnecessary stuff. I bet your garage at home has stuff all over the place stored in it, seems a shame to waste that extra space with just.... space... right!
Well in photography negative space is good and you should use it to give your images drama, movement, feeling and a point of difference. Don't be scared to give your images some space!
A good background can make or break an image.
If the background does not add to the image, you need to try to remove it or make it invisible. Either move your feet and change your angle to the subject or change your viewpoint to 'hide' the background.
The background can also be useful and should be included, using leading lines (tip #5) or colours to help emphasise the subject of your photograph.
Whatever you do be aware of your background to ensure you don't spoil your image.