Photography is my passion. I’ve been obsessed with cameras and camcorders all my life. I remember I used to save my pocket money to buy toy cameras when I was little. Little did I know that it would become my career.
I’m a professional photographer now. I’m currently working at a wedding photography club. As much as I enjoy my profession, I keep looking for ways to improve my photography skills, and guess what? I know a dozen photography hacks that can help you take better pictures with ease.
Let me share a few of them with you so that you can improve your photography skills, too.
Invest in High-Quality Equipment
If you want to become a professional photographer, you must invest in high-quality equipment. It’s mandatory for every photographer. The reason is simple. There’s a huge difference in the image quality of a professional and mobile camera.
Yes, you can use a mobile camera initially, but it’s not going to cut it if you plan to pursue a career in photography. Visit a nearby tech store and keep checking the camcorder reviews online to get your hands on the best camcorder.
Why camcorder and not the basic camera? It’s because photography is a lot more than just still shots.
Play with the Natural Light
They say natural light is the best friend of a professional photographer. You need to start practicing with the natural light. It won’t matter how amazing the frame is or how incredible your equipment is, nothing would look great if the lighting is not right.
Henceforth, you must ensure there’s adequate light when taking a picture. Speaking of lights, what could be better than using natural lighting? I hope it makes sense now.
Experiment with Filters
Most people are hesitant to use filters as they believe it’s going to affect the original colors of the image. Well, it’s not entirely true. Yes, the filter will affect the original colors of the image if you overdo them. Still, it doesn’t mean you cannot use filters.
Use one or two filters for a single image. Remember to add filters that enhance the overall look of the image. For example, there are times when you click a landscape image and the sky looks washed and faded. It happens due to the incorrect focus, but it can be tackled with the right filter. All you need to do is experiment with the filters until you get it right.
Take Care of the Foreground
Whether it’s a portrait, wedding shoot, or landscape photography, you must include the foreground in the image. Capturing the foreground significantly helps in drawing the viewer’s attention.
Every person looks and interprets an image differently. If there’s an image of an ocean, you may notice the waves first while I may see the clouds. It is precisely why they say capturing the foreground is a great trick if you wish to engage the viewers.
Add Depth to the Pictures
Last but not least, this one is especially beneficial for people who are into landscape photography. Adding depth to the pictures is liking adding a 3D effect to them. It makes the viewer feel as if s/he is there with you.
It isn’t as complicated as it seems. Here’s what you need to do: use a small aperture when capturing a view, it will make the foreground look sharper. Similarly, when capturing a panoramic view, be sure to use a wide-angle lens.
Besides that, you must focus on distant objects. Focusing on the distant object when capturing the foreground adds depth to the image. It provides the viewer with a sense of scale. I’ll suggest you use a tripod when capturing nature. It will eliminate the chances of capturing blur images.
How simple is that? Photography is a pretty extensive field. It appears to be complicated in the beginning, but the reality is the opposite. All you need is consistency and lots of practice. I wish you well!