In the run up to the closing date of our competition on Friday 8th March, I’ve put together my top ten tips..
One of my favourite photographer quotes is by Henri Cartier-Bresson
“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera….they are made with the eye, heart and head”
I am not a technical photographer and I don’t understand all the different things that my Nikon DSLR is capable of doing. So what! I am a photographer because like it, and I don’t have to make a living from it, it’s a hobby.
However, in an attempt to improve my photographic output, I have read various blogs, books and “top tips” and last year put my images out there for all to critique on my photoblog. The latter has been by far the best way of learning!
My top ten tips would be:-
- Always shoot in RAW. Always.
- Worry less about technical aspects and focus more on compositional aspects of photography.
- The more photos you take, the better you get.
- Don’t be afraid to take several photos of the same scene at different exposures, angles, or apertures.
- A good photo shouldn’t require explanation (although background information often adds to an image).
- You will find the best photo opportunities in the least likely situations.
- You can’t “Photoshop” bad images into good ones.
- Learn how to read a histogram.
- A noisy photo is better than a blurry one.
- Making your photos black and white doesn’t automatically make them “Fine Art” images.
And finally an image that has nothing to do with the current Spring theme, it was taken in mid August in the heat of summer. It is also my favourite (so far) attempt at street photography.
Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org on the theme of Spring by Friday 8th March and include ‘Photo Submission’ in the subject field. It would be useful if you titled your photo, and included your name along with the title.