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August 25, 2011

Tips and Tricks for the Photographer

One sentence tips for new photographers -

First off no blog post would be complete or unacceptable without the addition of a photo.  King Thistle to some can be refereed to as a really scourge but for me they are a photo opportunity.  You never know what will be crawling amoungst their thorny leaves hence -  Ladybug on Thistle

Camera settings are - f/5.6 @ 1/80 ISO 200 

Now for the list of tips and tricked 
  • Fill the frame with your subject
  • Focus Focus
  • Start with a 50mm on film, and learn to walk before you zoom
  • f8 and be there
  • Read The Camera ~ Ansel Adams!
  • Don't trust the LCD screen - learn to read the histogram
  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment.
  • Carry more than one set of charged batteries
  • Always bring your camera
  • Ask lots of questions
  • Shoot what you love
  • Use light to communicate
  • Capture or provoke emotions
  • Tell a story
  • Master technique
  • Show old things in new ways
  • Be true to your own style and your own voice
  • Always seek to improve your craft
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously
  • Be willing to take criticism from others
  • Eyes should always be tack sharp
  • Don't compare your work to others
  • Its not the Equipment! Its YOU!
  • Have fun!
  • Every time... start with taking the cap off the lens...
  • Always check all your setting before you shoot
  • If you see nothing to photograph, look down or look up, there's something there
  • Shoot everything! Wildlife, Portraits, Landscapes- at night and in the day. Get out of your comfort zones!
  • Big number, little hole...small number, big hole...photographically speaking
  • Learn to see
  • Compose in the viewfinder, instead of cropping later
  • Learn about and study the Masters:
  • Be patient and don't give up
  • Read a book like "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson, then go out and experiment!
  • Keep your camera on you at all times
  • Shoot for the high lights -- develop for the shadows
  • Learn to tell stories with images, go deeper, get closer to your subjects
  • Stop reading the web; get your camera, go shoot, look at your pictures, do better next time
  • Print your photos... Big!
  • YOU are taking pictures, NOT your Camera!
  • Don't shoot in "Auto or Program" modes.
  • Join a photo club.
  • Shoot in RAW format
  • Blink a lot, keeps your eyes in good sharp
  • Control the light don't let the light control you
  • Sunny 16 rule
  • Get away from Photoshopping everything, get it right in the camera first
  • Don't be a chimp-per
  • Get down way down
  • Visit your local authorized camera dealer and become good friends
  • Learn to use a off camera flash, don't depend on natural light
I hope these will help enhance your photo ops. Take one tip each week and work on perfecting it, I know I will.


Ashley Sisk said...

Those are great tips but f/8...really? I keep it at f/4 or lower. I love those wide apertures. And love the photo too!

Unknown said...

f/8 is the got to when you don't know where to go. It also happens to be the sweet spot of most lenses.

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Lovely picture and awesome photography.

Chesney said...

wonderful advice....and what a drop dead gorgeous image!

Sara said...

Would LOVE it if you would link this post up to my photo swap going on right now!! GORGEOUS photos!!

Anonymous said...

Great shot and good tips! :-)

Sara said...

Thanks SO much for linking up!! Hope to see you again next week! ;)

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Allan said...

Great advice - all of it!

Ria said...

Hey very informative tips. Thanks for sharing.

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