HOW TO GET BETTER IMAGES WITHOUT BUYING NEW GEAR
Most people think that by buying new gear they will automatically get better photos. And to some extent it is true, if you upgrade from a iPhone to a DSLR you will definitely see the results. But if you buy a better DSLR than you already have you might not see the difference as much. And after spending thousands of dollars one can get very frustrated if their images don’t get better. Here are a few tips how not to let that happen to you.
1. LEARN ABOUT YOUR CAMERA
You want to start by reading the manual- see what the camera can do. Of course the very basic things are obvious to everyone but the camera can do a lot more. Very often people think that the camera will do all the work. But that is not the case. You need to learn everything about what the camera can do and understand it. A rule of thumb is that until you see specific limitations to what your camera can do, you shouldn’t get new gear, because there is always something to learn. So learn about things like exposure compensation, aperture, white balance, sceneries etc. And click around and see how the image changes with different settings.
2. TAKE PICTURES UNDER THE RIGHT CONSITIONS
Getting great pictures takes commitment and sacrifice. The best pictures are taken under right conditions- and right conditions need to be sought out. Basically taking pictures during sunrise and sunset will get you the best results. The light is nicer and the photos have more personality. When taking pictures consider what time of day it is but also what the weather is like. If you are taking pictures when there is a nice blue sky, the light will produce too much contrast and the shadows are hard to work with. So check the weather forecast or get some app, which tells you when the golden hour time for photography is. Sometimes getting the right light means waking up really early or standing on top of a tower for several hours waiting for the perfect light.
3. CHANGE YOUR VANTAGE POINT
Often times, photographers take pictures from exactly the same position: the eye-level standing up view. Honestly, this will create generic boring pictures. So try crouching down or finding a place, which is more elevated. This way the photos will get a new dimension and will be more appealing for the eye.
4. USE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Try taking pictures differently. Use a tree or curtain to bring dimension into the photos. For example if you are taking pictures outside and there are some branches in the corner of the photo, evaluate wether or not they add to the picture. Sometimes taking a photo of an object and having something blurry in the corner will add a little something to the pictures, immediately making it more eye-catching.
5. LEARN POST-PRODUCTION
Using Photoshop and Lightroom is absolutely necessary- most photographers edit the images they take quite heavily in post-production. It is possible to add light, change the contrast and balance the blacks and whites- even though the image will still look natural by editing the photo you will get a nicer and crisper result. That being said- in a age of Instagram, don't use filters! But make your own presets in Lightroom. This will ensure consistency and high-quality photos.