Admit it: the idea of being a professional photographer is an enticing idea. What could be better than telling stories through beautiful photos? You do not have to be a certified professional photographer to make your dreams a reality, but you should know some basic photography tips to ensure you are cultivating and producing the best content to tell the most intriguing stories. Here are some of the most helpful amateur photography tips to help you on your journey.
Did you know photography (and good photos) is mostly about capturing the right light and manipulating it to your favor? Even if you have a sub-par camera, you can produce a fantastic photograph if you just pay attention to the light and know how to use it to your advantage. Therefore, you must learn the exposure triangle. To get going, you need to know the three components of said triangle: aperture (size of lens opening), shutter speed (the length of time the shutter is left open), and ISO (sensitivity to light). Familiarize yourself with these terms and how to implement them and you are off to a great start.
Next up is the rule of thirds. This theory entails mentally and visually segmenting your shot into—you guessed it—thirds. By using two horizontal and two vertical lines and focusing on the positioning of the resulting intersections, you are on your way to shooting your best possible shot.
To get a great shot you need to by dynamic and willing to make yourself uncomfortable or push yourself outside of what feels normal. Lie on the ground and shoot from below or climb up high and shoot from that perspective. Whatever you do, make sure you are approaching your shot with personality. Make it your own and let the image tell the rest. Follow your subject or watch your landscape to search for the right moment to communicate your desired message.
Finally, you should familiarize yourself with the appropriate editing tools. This is not to say you should over-edit or make your hard-earned photograph unrecognizable with post-processing tools. Instead, you should utilize this technology to bring out the best elements of your shot. Less is often more, and if you follow the aforementioned tips, you should not need to completely edit your image.
Finally, fulfill your passions and make sure you are having a good time. At the end of the day, if you are not enjoying yourself it will show in your resulting photos.
Grab your camera and get in the best headspace for capturing some great content. Trial and error are your friends and your camera is your artistic instrument.