5 Photography Tips to help you take better photos

I thought I would post a few tips that have helped me improve my photography.

Yesterday I posted a pic of my daughters lashes, today here are my son’s. Lucky kids!

Get Close

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It’s so easy to take the regular full body shots of our children, but try and get closer, eyes are beautiful, open or closed


Don’t cut off my hand

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Try not to cut off body parts, her hand would have been better in this photo, also when taking full body shots, don’t cut people’s feet off, a photo is more pleasing when you can see the ground, but (there is always a but) sometimes cutting off body parts can work….

Hiding

Find the light

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This photo is taken with a big window behind my daughters head, yet there is still plenty of light on her face without any shadows.

Or try side lighting

B&W

Either way, practice taking photos with your flash off, on camera flash does nothing good for your photos!!  I am of course favorable to natural light photography.

White Balance

Now a few techinical tips….White Balance, if you regularly edit photos in a Lightroom or something similar, you will probably change the white balance, a lot. White balance changes a lot, and while the auto white balance on a camera’s setting can be acurate, even in one room it can change depending on if you are moving around, what coloured wall you are near. I set my camera to white balance cloudy, that way the white balance is always the same, even if it is not accurate at the time. When I go to Lightroom (or whatever program you use) you only need to edit the white balance once and then sync it across all your images, it is much easier than editing each individual photo.

Histogram

Another great tip is to turn on the histogram feature on your camera, usually when playing back your photos you can find it by pressing info. I don’t know a whole lot about histograms but I do know if the graph is too far to the left it will be too dark, if it is too far to the right it will be too bright, you need to have the graph spread through the middle, also turning the histogram on will enable “blinkies” to appear on the photo you have taken, if you have “blinkies” it means your photo is over exposed and you need to adjust your exposure to compensate.  Unless of course you want it that way!!

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Image from Poluz

5 Comments 5 Photography Tips to help you take better photos

  1. Laney @ Crash Test Mummy August 18, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Thanks for these great tips. I’ve been wanting to take a photo of my son’s beautiful eyelashes for the longest time. He never sits still, and yesterday he broke one of my SLR lenses. Do you think I’d be able to capture it with a static 50mm? Hope so, it’s either that or my mega zoom lens!

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    1. admin August 18, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      OH NO!!! And lenses are so expensive….I think I took these with my kit lens and some macro rings attached, but I really can’t remember. Not sure if you will be able to get close enough with the 50mm, but give it a try.

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  2. Courtney @ Nobashake August 19, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    My kids wont stay still long enough to get a close up, but when they do look out. I dont usually do many changes to my photo’s – dont have the time, but will have a closer look at the white balance. Do you really like Lightroom? Why that over photoshop or other software. I have photoshop and trial version of lightroom. and wondering if I should buy it or not.

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    1. admin August 19, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Hehehe I took that one when my little guy was sound asleep. I love Lightroom, it’ so easy to use. I have used photoshop but don’t own it, and while it is great if you want to do lots with your photos using layers etc, I find it really complicated and I just don’t have the time to learn how to use it properly. Lightroom does everything I need quickly. I have installed free presets into lightroom which are really fun to play with, try presetheaven.com if you want to have a play with those.

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  3. admin August 19, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Sorry that should be presetsheaven.com

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