Top Tips from Professional Photographers
Top Tips from Professional Photographers
- Start shooting in RAW mode today
Regardless of whether you can already do something with it: Starting today, at least take photos in RAW mode. Later, when you are a master of photo editing, you will thank yourself for having your old top 1% photos in RAW mode.
- Learn how to manipulate images with a system
Don’t shy away from the huge chapter on image editing. Learn it systematically. Chances are you’ll love it if you can improve editing by time. Your pictures will improve again by worlds. Our system we show you super easy to understand here.
- Forget the free editing tools
You can choose whether you want to doctor around with free editing programs for years and then switch to a paid program in frustration, or whether you invest right away. We wish it were different, but the good programs cost money. All the professionals use Lightroom. Luminar is cheaper and good too.
- Do the photo editing persistently?
Your first results won’t motivate you. But be sure to stay tuned. Image editing is a marathon, not a sprint. If you deal with it seriously and over and over again, you will master it and your pictures will be gigantic.
- Praise you
Occasionally check out the photos you took years ago. Be proud of your advancement and of what you have achieved. Never be ashamed of your old photos. They got you on your way. Without your crap photos, you wouldn’t be ready now.
- If you want to publish, publish
If you want to show your top 1% to people, do it. Take part in competitions or small exhibitions, send the photos to local newspapers, submit them as reader photos to magazines. Be up to date on promotions and be there.
- Take photos of what touches you
What moves you in your heart What are you burning for Dare to photograph this subject. Look for it. Stop photographing only flowers and dare to tackle more serious topics.
- Photograph differently
At a famous landmark, make a decision to take a different photo than everyone else in front of you today. Take creative and new photos. Consciously design unusual. Be exciting.
- Motivate others
Do not be arrogant with your photos, but motivate others to take photos as well. Maybe this is how you can find your photo buddy. Exchange ideas and be a source of inspiration.
- Always have enough batteries and memory cards
Always have one more battery and one more memory card with you than you need. There is nothing worse than running up a mountain at 4 hours in the morning and realizing at the top that your battery has given up because of the cold.
- Take the horizon off the center and make sure it is straight
The horizon of reality is straight. Make sure you do the same in your photos. If it drops to one side, straighten it in post-processing (2 clicks in Lightroom!). Also, don’t put it in the center of the picture. This is boring.
- Don’t be boring
Surprise with your photos. Dare to make extraordinary cuts. An upright panorama or a square is an immediate eye-catcher. Dare you what. As a photographer you are an artist. You can deviate and try out.
- Learn tricks for more depth in photos
Beware of flat landscape photos with no depth effect. They always come across as boring. Learn how to add depth to your photos with foreground, lines and light. Never take boring landscape photos.
- There is spiciness at the Indian
Make sure your photo is sharp at first sight and then take care of more important things. A good photo is not characterized by maximum sharpness, but by the fact that it triggers emotions in the viewer. Ignore hotness fetishists.
- Let your subject work on you
Consciously take the time to find out what touches you about your subject. What makes it beautiful, interesting, special for you? Capture these aspects with your photography.
Almost all entry-level photos would look better if there was less on them. Flatten your photos. If possible, reduce it to just one element (or, much more difficult, one story). Hide everything else, hide it, cut it off.
- Reduce the background too
Make sure that nothing in your photo – nothing at all! – disturbs in the background. Achieve this through perspective, by waiting, or by letting the background disappear into the blur. Retouching should be the very last resort.
- Delete mercilessly
If you wonder if a picture is good for more than 2 seconds, it probably isn’t. Delete the photos that don’t convince you right away. This gives the good guys more space and attention.