First tip: Hold your mouth just right…kidding!
I wish I could tell you that achieving a jaw-dropping photo is as easy as picking up your camera and clicking, but honestly, it requires a little homework. As the saying goes, “Good photographers take pictures, Great photographers create images.”
Tip 1 – know your camera
The most important tip I can give you is to know your camera and how to use it. Read the manual, test the features, get in there and explore your camera’s capabilities. Pick it up everyday and shoot a few images.
Tip 2 – have a vision
Read photography magazines. Study the images so you can discover what tones, framing, and poses you like. This way you’ll have a clear vision of what you want to achieve before you shoot. Ask yourself, “What am I trying to convey in this image? “What do I want people to focus on?”
Tip 3 – baby photo shoots
If you plan on photographing babies make sure they have a full belly and are in a warm room so they are comfortable
Tip 4 – flowers
If it’s windy increase your shutter speed to stop the flower’s movement
Tip 5 – weddings
Make sure you have your lighting just right so you don’t BLOW the highlights out on the wedding dress
Tip 6 – RAW
Shooting in RAW gives you a little room for fixing images – in case you don’t get the right exposure. This isn’t a “fix all” but it can help. A RAW image contains minimally processed data from the camera’s image sensor – like a negative in film photography.
To me an image is something that creates a lasting memory, inspires emotion, and ideally instills a sense of awe. With vision, planning and perspiration you’ll soon find yourself no longer taking pictures, but creating images.