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Tips & Hints to Develop Your Photography Skill

Many people are interested in photography but are unsure if they have the skills to become good at it. It is important to keep in mind that it is especially helpful to learn anything and everything possible about setting up your shot. This article will give you a few tips and hints to improve your photography skills.

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  • Understand that smiling photographs aren’t the only kind of pictures. Real stories are told when people are allowed to express themselves authentically. The most memorable photographs in history are those that tell stories and convey emotions, such as “Migrant Mother” or “Vietnam Napalm.” No matter if your pictures change someone’s life or are simply an everyday happening, the emotions should be nothing less than real.

Stop Making These 5 Common Photography Mistakes

It never ceases to amaze me the number of fuzzy, low resolution, badly exposed and poorly composed photographs that people take. Whether they’ve all been brainwashed to click that button as fast as possible or are just finding the reality that few subjects sit still, too many people forget that the camera is a tool for them to capture their life’s moments. This article explores five mistakes that every photographer can avoid.


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1. Low resolution

5 Steps to Better Smartphone Photography

There is photography, there is videography, and now there is iPhoneOGRAPHY! Compared to DSLRs, iPhones are less bulky and more convenient to carry around. We always carry our phones around nowadays. Be it iPhone, Android, or Samsung, most phones now have a good quality camera for us to play around with. Now, you can forget about your bulky, inconvenient camera gear and maybe even complex photo editing software. Who says iPhones cannot shoot unique photographs?

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Today, I am going to give you a few tips on iPhoneography.

1. Keep your photos simple

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

The Golden Ratio Applied to Photographic Composition

If you have been using The Rule of Thirds in your photographic compositions, you may have discovered an inherent shortcoming. Composing for the Rule of Thirds involves lining up a subject with one of the recommended intersections or lines. This can sometimes result in the subject being crowded too close to the edge of the frame.

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The problem can be minimized, if not eliminated using the Golden Ratio Grid, rather than the standard equally spaced Rule of Thirds grid.

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What is the Golden Ratio?

4 Basic Steps to Improve Your Photography Skills

Anyone can take good photographs, regardless of experience, training, or even equipment. What it all comes down to is how well a person understands the art of taking a photo. And as it turns out, there really are only a few things that are absolutely essential. Now, this article might not launch your National Geographic career, but it certainly could make your photos stand out amongst the sea of drab images that flood Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

1. Focus On The Upper Third

Our eyes don’t naturally go to the center of a picture when we first look at it; they scan the thirds of the images. Simply by placing the main focus of your picture in the upper third area you can drastically improve the quality of your photograph. It’s really that simple; just put someone’s eyes in the upper third of a photo the next time you take their picture.

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2. Think Before Using Your Flash

Next time you’re more than 20 feet away from whatever you’re taking a picture of remember the following analogy and think whether or not your flash is actually going to help:

If you had a flashlight and pointed it at a truck that was driving away from you, how far do you think the truck would drive before the flashlight no longer illuminated the back of the truck? Ten feet? One hundred feet? Either way, we can all acknowledge that eventually the truck would be too far away for the flashlight to illuminate it properly. The flash on your camera is actually really similar, except that unlike a flashlight it’s meant to flood a relatively small area with a lot of light, whereas a flashlight usually covers a much greater distance with a narrow beam of light.

This is important because if the camera fires the flash it will assume that whatever you were aiming at was lit by the flash, leaving you with underexposed (dark) photos if your subject was too far away.

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3. Read Your Camera’s Manual

As simple as a camera is (light is focused by the lens on a sensor, which records the information) the software that operates the camera usually has dozens of controls and strange names for operations. This is true if you’re using anything better than a cell phone, and even more true if you’re using a DSLR. So make sure you keep the manual handy at all times.

If you, like most people, threw your camera’s manual away, or lost it somewhere amongst countless other manuals that you never read, don’t panic. Pretty much any manual for anything ever can be found online, usually on the manufacturer’s website. Just go ahead and Google the exact name of your camera and you’ll probably find all kinds of interesting information. The task may seem daunting, but try to look at it as a learning opportunity.

4. Keep It Fun

Taking pictures should be fun above all else. The tips provided above are good tips that will help you improve your technique, but they are by no means a comprehensive guide on how to be a better artist. Try not to take advice or implement practices that make photography feel less enjoyable.

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So, we’re interested—have you read your camera’s manual? If so, did you find it useful? If not, why not? What other fundamentals would you suggest to a novice photographer?

About the Author
Daniela Brannon is an Account Manager for Swagger Media. They have a blog on marketing skills. Swagger Media offers video production services, post-production services, animation, marketing and strategy, and everything in between. Reach out to us with any questions, comments, or rate inquiries.

[this post syndicated from Picture Correct]

Beyond the Postcard – 14 Tips for Creating Unique Photographs in Iconic Locations

Photography has been around since the early 1820’s. Of course, back then the technology of “picture taking” was not accessible to the common person. But have things ever changed! With the availability of digital cameras ever present, even in our cell phones, take a moment to consider these facts. Every two minutes today there are as many photos taken as were taken in the entire 19th century (1800s), and ten percent of all the photos ever taken were snapped within the last twelve months!

The Postcard: The Start Westward Monument in Marietta, Ohio. (18mm 1/80th of a second at f/5, ISO 100)

So, with nearly 200 years worth of photographs in our collective albums and portfolios, it has become challenging to find an iconic view or subject that hasn’t been overdone by millions of photographers, especially when it comes to state and national outdoor landmarks. In order to look beyond the “postcard shot”, you need to research unique perspectives and techniques to capture that popular subject in a way that creates an original image. But first, go ahead and take that “postcard shot”. (You know you want to!) Then consider the following 14 different suggestions for creating unique photographs of the most popular spots.

20 More Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know

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Here are 20 more tips for great travel photography:

(You can read Part One 20 Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know here)

Before you go:

1. Make the visual decisions

For most of us, deciding where and when to go is based on many decisions, not necessarily related to photography. But there are some small decisions you can make to turn an ordinary trip into a photo-worthy one. For example, let’s say you are going on a business trip. You can squeeze a few hours of photographing between meetings. But a much better option would be to take a day or two off and spend this extra time photographing on location.

Or when planning your next family vacation, add a little visual research before the trip. Is there a nice festival or a market worth visiting at your destination? Is there something unique like an interesting ethnic group or unusual landscape that’s worth documenting? These small visual decisions can make a huge difference in your photographic experience during your trip.

2. Build a shot list

Timeless Photography: How to Take Photos that Stand the Test of Time

There are those individuals throughout history that seem to possess something that most of us lack. The innate ability to be in the right place at the right time. Somehow they know that what they are doing is important, not only to themselves, but also to millions upon millions of people in future generations.

Mathew Brady was just such an individual. During the Civil War, he made it his quest to photograph as many battles of the Civil War and war events as he possibly could. Could he have known his images would last so long and touch so many lives in such a profound way? When you look at a Brady image today, what do you feel? What thoughts and emotions do the images evoke? For each of us, these emotions are different. That’s the beauty and wonder of photography.

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10 Tips for Cleaning Your Camera Lens

A well maintained, clean lens is vital to any photographer. Here are 10 simple top tips for cleaning your digital camera lens.

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Hipster [vintage ii] Lightroom Presets set to drop Thursday 7-31

They’ll be available tomorrow21 Lightroom Presets that give your photos That Retro, Lo-Fi Look


21 Lightroom Presets for that Retro, Lo-Fi look

Special intro pricing will be announced REALLY SOON…..  including bundles, freebies, and social sharing specials!

12 Days of Christmas coming soon!
Both here in my Blog and in the Graffishop, special things will be happening during the 12 Days of Christmas! Stay tuned!