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Top 5 Tips For Improving Your Photography

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I regularly run half day and full day photography courses in Loch Lomond called ‘Take Better Photographs’ where I teach people how to take control of their camera settings and capture great images. This blog is all about getting started in photography with 5 Tips to Take Better Photographs.

I can’t cram a course into a blog post, however these 5 tips which are aimed specifically at beginners will hopefully be interesting. If you haven’t yet got all of your camera equipment then you might also find my blog post ‘Take Better Photographs, Which Camera Should I Buy?’ useful.

Focus on compositions & Light

1. Change from Basic to Fine

Just in case you are recording images as basic sized jpegs change in the settings to fine. This will allow you to capture images at a much higher resolution. You’ll be glad that you did this when you want to print the images or do something with them.

When you change this setting you will see a reduction in the number of photographs that you can capture. That’s the trade off, but did you really need to capture a few thousand pictures?!!

Switch from 'Basic' to 'Fine' mode for capturing your photographs

Switch from ‘Basic’ to ‘Fine’ mode for capturing your photographs

2. Compose your picture

Don’t just go for the obvious view taken at your normal height. Go down low, get some elevation, look for different angles and compositions. A chance to push your creativity and find the most interesting view.

I recently wrote an article about New Photography Challenges, having a project or theme to focus on can help a lot.

The view of Balmaha Jetty in Loch Lomond taken whilst lying down on it!

The view of Balmaha Jetty in Loch Lomond taken whilst lying down on it!

Always looking for a different angle and perspective of a subject.

Always looking for a different angle and perspective of a subject.

3. Look at the Light

Photography is all about light and whether you’re using artificial or natural light even the slightest variation of light hitting a subject can make a massive difference. Soft light is the most beautiful for photography, when the sun is low either at the start or end of the day you can get some amazing light, also when the sun is behind a cloud and there is shade.

Beautiful light, highlighting the autumn colours.

Beautiful light, highlighting the autumn colours.

Blairmore Pier with some rather nice light.

Blairmore Pier with some rather nice light.

The sun was low in the sky on a winter day when I photographed The Forth Rail Bridge.

The sun was low in the sky on a winter day when I photographed The Forth Rail Bridge.

4. The subject and setting

What is the main content of your photograph? If it’s a person think about the environment that they are in and how you capture the portrait and the setting. Adding texture, either natural or manmade can be very effective. If you’re photographing a landscape adding an object in the foreground or background can help give some dimension to the scene that you are capturing.

Boats in the foreground at the Lake of Menteith.

Boats in the foreground at the Lake of Menteith.

With portraits the background and its texture can add punch to the picture.

With portraits the background and its texture can add punch to the picture.

5. Review & Re-capture

Digital photography makes it easy to take a photograph and then review it and if necessary recapture it. I strongly recommend that you also review your photographs on a computer. It’s amazing how many people don’t even upload their pictures just filling memory cards that they don’t do anything with.

Review your pictures on a screen, ideally using software like Lightroom and critique your picture, what do you like about it? How can you make it even better? If it didn’t work, go back and try again. Keep at it, this is an art that you never perfect, pictures can always be better.

I hope that you found this useful. I’ll have more tips coming soon and if you are interested in finding out about my photography courses ‘Take Better Photographs’ please get in touch. In a half, or full day course I’ll give you lots of tips and practical exercises that will teach you how to take control of your camera and improve your photography.

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About Me:

I am a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer, I also create photography and video for business offering on-line content and marketing support. I run regular introduction to photography training courses, ideal if you you want to learn how your camera works and take better photographs. I am based in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and work throughout Scotland including Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. See more at my website – www.paulsaundersphotography.com or call me on 01360 661029.

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Further Reading

You may also like to read other related blogs including New Photography Challenges and Take Better Photographs – Which Camera Should I Buy? . My Photography Courses are in Loch Lomond, you may find my blog featuring photography in Loch Lomond interesting.

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