26 tips to make your photos better
- Oct 25, 2019
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A is Action: momentum
Want to make your photos more dynamic and dynamic? Ambiguity is the key. To create the simplest blurring effect, you can set the shutter speed to one or two gears lower than the shutter that just solidifies the movement, take pictures of runners'feet, cyclists' pedals, and so on. Another way is to add a phantom, with a slower shutter speed and synchronized flashing of the rear curtain. In addition, there is also a focus shooting method, you need to move the camera, so that the lens and the moving body remain relatively static, in order to achieve the effect of blurred background.
Photography: Stu Collier
B That's Boat: On board
How to maintain stability when shooting on board? Photographers Jason Hahn and Jon Cornforth offered us some suggestions for stability. If your lens has a shake-proof function, turn it on; secondly, set the sensitivity higher to make the shutter faster -- some noise points are better than blurring. If possible, it would be futile to adapt the body to the swing of the boat and offset the movement of the boat through the body. If you have a seat, you'd better sit down. It's also a good choice to have a one-legged stand.
Photography: Jon Corn Forth
C Camera Presets: Camera Presets
Set camera presets according to the type of shooting you take, and set a default preset for yourself to respond to emergencies. At the same time, set up a personalized shooting preset for yourself, such as different white balance, contrast, sharpness and so on.
D, Diopter: diopter adjustment
If you always see blurred images in the viewfinder, adjust the diopter. Turn on the camera and adjust the diopter to make the picture sharper and better.
E is Exposure: Exposure
A black cat is lying on a black sofa, or a child is lying on a white blanket. Scenes like this can make the picture grey by TTL photometry. Adjustment method 1: Open the color level interface, remember that no matter what light metering and shooting mode you use, you should look at the color level, which is a good habit. Then adjust the exposure compensation. Adjustment Method 2: Put aside the camera's own photometer, use the professional incident photometer to measure the light source. For the sake of safety, use RAW format to shoot, which will bring great room for the later period.
F is Fog:fog
Next time you encounter a foggy day, pick up your camera and take pictures. Fog can create a sense of hierarchy, in particular thick fog can shoot high-profile works. To shoot in fog, it is necessary to have a foreground so that the foreground is clear enough and the background is blurred. The fog can also be regarded as a layer of yarn. The photo above shows the photographer scattering the light behind the model through the scattering property of the fog.
Photography: Stan Horaczek
G is Gel: Chromatograph
Even shooting in RAW format will encounter the problem of white balance. One solution is to add a color sheet before the flash. If you use a green color sheet, you change the white balance to "fluorescent lamp" mode. If you use amber color sheet, you change the white balance to "tungsten filament lamp" mode. In addition, you can combine different shades in different white balance modes to see what unexpected effects can be created.
Hold Steady: Hold the camera steady
When holding a digital SLR camera, the left hand provides support and the right hand is responsible for the control. If the lens is long, the left hand holds the lens. If the lens is short, the left hand holds the camera. It's better to hold your elbow against your body so that it's more stable.
I is Image Stabilization: IS Anti-jitter Function
Keep in mind that it takes a steady time to focus on the subject after half-pressing the shutter and half-pressing the shutter. If your lens has IS shake-proof (VR) function, turn it on.
J is JPEG: JPEG format
Usually we recommend RAW format, but some cameras can only achieve the highest shooting speed in JPEG format, and JPEG format can also store more photos. For the same photo, the RAW format is 3-5 times larger than the JPEG format, which results in time-consuming transmission. JPEG format will also have less pressure on your computer, and will reduce a lot of later workload.
K is Kit Lens: Sleeve
The price-performance ratio of the pullover is very high. The pullover is called "dog head" because of its obvious shortcomings. However, if we grasp its characteristics, the "dog head" can also produce good movies. The test results show that f/5.6 is the best aperture at wide angle, f/8 at middle focus and f/8-11 at long focus are the best aperture. In addition, don't neglect the mid-focus section. On the APS-C frame camera, the 50mm lens has a very good performance in portrait photography. To get a greater depth of field, you need to be as close to the object as possible, as far as possible with the long focal end, and it's best to keep the object away from the background at a certain distance.
L Live Music: Live Concert
As we all know, concert scenes are usually dim, so it is necessary to use large aperture lens or flash. The ISO value is raised, the shutter speed is lowered (generally 1/60 seconds is the limit), some noise points are better than blurring, and the aperture is widened. If you shoot a close-up of a person in the band, adjust it to aperture priority mode and measure the person's face with point photometry; if you shoot a big scene, use evaluation photometry to get a correct exposure. On the edge of the stage is an excellent spot to shoot. Walking around can also find some unique angles.
Photography: Dan Bracaglia
M is Monochrome HDR: Monochrome HDR
Learning how to take HDR photos is better than starting with monochrome HDR. Photographer Jim Shoemaker offers us several suggestions: use Photomatix Pro to improve the dynamic range of the picture and avoid overtone; download a Nik's Color Efex Pro in Photoshop to adjust the middle tone and contrast, shadow, highlight, brightness and hue of the picture.
Babies don't laugh at the camera. They can't even support their heads. It seems very difficult to shoot. Here are some suggestions for use. The first thing is to make babies feel comfortable and make sure they are full. Most newborns (about 14 days) fall asleep at any time, so you can easily shape them. Put them on a soft blanket to keep them warm and comfortable. Babies burp like they are smiling, and you won't miss it if you shoot in serial mode.
Photography: Chloe Ramirez
O is Organize: Clear organization
The management of your own memory card should be clear, which is full of storage space, which is dissatisfied, which is empty, good marking will greatly improve your work efficiency.
P or Pop-up Flash: Top Flash
The light of the overhead flash is usually hard, so it's better to make it soft when used. Add one or more paper towels to the head of the flash, or use some accessories of the flash to turn the light back to the wall or ceiling. After diffuse reflection, the light shining on the object will be much softer.
Q is Quiet: Quiet
Sometimes the shooting scene may require quiet, it is recommended to use a better quality muffler. Some cameras (such as Canon EOS 5D Mark III) have silencing modes. Focusing also produces noise, which can be focused manually. If necessary, you can wrap a piece of cloth around the camera to reduce noise.
R is Ring Light: Ring Flash
Ring flash produces a cool effect - a circular look, and forms a uniform circle of shadows around the object being photographed. This flash is loved by many fashion photographers. Using this flash to shoot portraits, it's better to shoot the model at close range. The closer the distance is, the more obvious the eyes are. It is necessary to keep the flash parallel to the subject in use. The shadows around the subject will become more obvious with the fading out of focus, so the effect of small depth of field will be better.
Photography: Anastasia Abramova-Guendel
S is Star Trails: Orbits
Find a remote place. Near towns, light pollution can override the orbit. Keep a battery with enough electricity. Long exposure will make the battery consume quickly. It's better to prepare additional power supply. When shooting with wide-angle lenses, one should ensure a bright future. Set the ISO between 400 and 800 so that the camera can record the orbit and avoid noise to the greatest extent. The aperture is set to f/5.6, so there will be enough depth of field. If the aperture is too small, the orbit will not be obvious enough. If you shoot the Polaris with your camera, there will be a whirlpool effect. The noise level in cold weather is lower than that in hot weather. It's better to use the later stage to reduce the noise, because the automatic noise reduction of the camera will double the working time.
Photography: Sean Pavone
T is Tone: Tone
The tone separation function in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom is very useful for black-and-white photographs, but it also works well in color photographs. You can create nostalgic and retro styles by warming the dark and cooling the bright (or vice versa), or by warming the dark and bright tones respectively to create transitional bleaching effects. In the LIghtroom software, you can save the operation as a default for the next direct use.
U is Upload: Upload pictures
V is V-Reflector:V Reflector
You can't buy this kind of reflector in the store. You can buy two plastic foam boards and glue them together with tape. It should be noted that it is necessary to stick to their longer sides, and after they are glued, the two foam plates can be flexibly rotated. The closer the object is to the reflector, the harder the light is, and the softer the light is. In addition, if the reflector is large enough, it can also be used as a background to take portraits.
W is Weight Loss: Weight Loss
When taking portraits, body shape becomes very important. Here are several ways to make your body look slim. First, a large light ratio can be made, so that the main light is slightly farther away from the subject, illuminating only one-fourth to one-third of the face, and the rest is placed in shadows. Make the front of the subject and the camera lens form a certain angle rather than a straight lens. Set the focal length between 75 and 100 mm and slightly raise the camera over the subject's eyes. This will block the "double chin" and make the face look thinner. In addition, the subject is best to wear dark clothes, bright clothes have a visual expansion effect. When filming women, be careful not to let their arms clamp, it's better to raise them a little bit, so they will look thin.
X is X-Sync: Synchronized Flash
Synchronized flash includes front curtain synchronization and rear curtain synchronization. The synchronous flash of SLR camera can adapt to a wide range of shutter speed. When taking portraits indoors, the shutter speed can be reduced, which can make the indoor environmental light show normally. When shooting outdoor portraits, the light ratio between background light and characters can be reduced. For example, shooting a sunset portrait can increase shutter speed to reduce the exposure of the sky, so that the saturation of the sky color will increase, producing a gorgeous effect.
Photography: Jan Kraus
Y is Yourself: Self-portrait
If you want to take self-portraits, you need a tripod and a remote shutter (or shutter line). The composition, exposure and focus should be adjusted in advance, and the exposure and focus should be locked after the composition is completed. A slightly smaller aperture ensures a clear image. If your camera has a reverse LED screen, you can see your performance from above, or you can put a mirror in the camera position to observe.
Z is Zoo: Zoo
You can make a zoo shooting plan to shoot some animals. Browse the zoo's website in advance to check the feeding time, the visiting time of newborn animals, and all the other things photographers need to pay attention to. It's better to get to the zoo early to avoid crowds. Set the camera as continuous shooting mode, improve the sensitivity, open the aperture, ready to take wonderful moments at any time.
Photography: Eduardo Rivero