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5 Tips On Taking Better Photographs – With Minimum Effort

Nothing makes me happier than getting my camera, heading out to explore, and snapping a tonne of photos. Of course, I would never call myself a professional (far from it!). But, for those of you who are just getting started and want some basic yet effective suggestions on how to enhance your photography, here are my 5 tips that I feel are highly important yet simple to learn.

Keep it natural

And by this I mean, keep the lighting as natural as possible. Particularly with portraits and up-close photographs of objects. When shooting outside, try to avoid the mid-day sun since it is often ‘too harsh’ for snapping; instead, try to remain with nature’s marvel, the ‘golden hour.’ You must shoot either within an hour of sunrise or during the two hours preceding dusk for this.


Clear lens

Isn’t it obvious? You’d be amazed how many individuals don’t even bother to check their camera lenses for scratches or dust, which can result in hazy and unfocused images. Even if you’re shooting with a smartphone, it’s still a good idea to give your lens a wipe every now and then- after all, it probably spends the most of its time in your handbag/pocket, where it may collect a lot of dust!

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Take several

If shooting with iPhone, take advantage of the ‘burst’ option when taking your shots. You can take up to 30 within seconds and grab plenty of different snaps to play with, each capturing a slightly different mood. If you rush and only take one or two then you leave yourself with little to work with and the moment/opportunity may not rise again.

Play with angles

Have fun with your photos by experimenting with different angles and views. This is particularly something to have in mind when shooting landmarks or travel photography, as millions of other people will have already taken the shot from the same-old tourist angle. Bring your audience into the picture and make them think, ‘I want to be there!’

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Edit with caution

I feel that editing can truly help your photos stand out, but I also believe that it should be subtle and used with discretion. Many individuals make the mistake of ‘overdoing’ things when they first start shooting images (I have definitely been guilty of this!). Less is more, and most photos just require a smidgeon of brightness and contrasting to make them ‘pop’! If you’re capturing a really vivid scene, boost the saturation to truly bring the image to life. Take it easy with the filters, as a thick filter may frequently detract from the structure and depth of a shot.

These are just five simple tips to get you started, we’ll be sharing much more over the next few weeks including; Tips on Travel Photography, Taking photographs with an iPhone and Instagram tips!

What top tip would you share for beginner photographers?


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