13 tips which will make your photography better

Here are few of the things to consider when taking photos.

  1. Capture lots of photos of people. This will help you remember your trip and it’d be more fun to look back at, then just landscape photos.
  2. Don’t hesitate to take lots and lots of photos. Nothing sucks more than coming back home and looking at your photos then regretting you should’ve taken more photos. You can always delete them if you don’t like it.
  3. Stop, pause and take your photo. Try to refrain from taking your photos while walking. This helps a lot in reducing blurry photos and can often result in shitty composition as well.
  4. Straightening, although this can easily be done while editing the photo but it’s just better to try to shoot your photo horizontally parallel to the ground.
  5. Don’t forget the basic rule of composition. Rule of thirds almost always works in making your photos look nice. It especially works well for portrait photos and it’s really easy to do.
  6. Shoot in Auto, it does sound cool to shoot in manual but most times, Auto works just fine and many times better. However, manual can be useful especially when shooting subjects such as the stars or shooting against the sun.
  7. If possible, try to shoot vertically. Vertical photos make your photos look dynamic and more intense. Also, it looks better on a phone screen so it works better on Instagram.
  8. Shoot in the Golden Hours. This is something I still find difficult to do at time and you should definitely not be limited to shooting only at this time but is one of the best thing you can do. This is the time around dawn and dusk just before the sun sets or after it comes out. It makes your landscape and portrait photos look way better with a hot sexy orange cast on the mountains.
Orange cast on the mountains makes it look real sexy. (Left: Zermatt Switzerland, Right: Sichuan, China)

Advanced Techniques

  1. I don’t know what lens you have but a zoom lens is preferable for these trips because you don’t want to be swapping lenses every two shots. A standard lens like the 18 to 55 should be just fine. If you are a micro four thirds user I recommend the 12–35mm f2.8 by Panasonic.
  2. If possible, always shoot RAW and edit RAW. RAW is a setting in your camera that you should be able to modify to save all of the data captured by the camera. You will need software like Lightroom (You can ask the IT at school and say you need it for photography, they should give it to you.) to open these files, but it helps a lot when editing. This is an advanced technique so if there is a setting for it, I recommend you change it to RAW+Jpeg or something along the lines of it. (If you’re interested about it check out this article: http://photographyconcentrate.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-be-shooting-raw/)
  3. Lighting, lighting and lighting. This is so important. Try not to let the sun to be behind your subject, especially when shooting portraits. (Here is a bad example of the subject becoming too dark because the sun was shining from behind him.)

Post-processing your photo

  1. Don’e edit your photos bad. Messing around with parameters in Lightroom can make your photo look like absolute trash. if you can’t edit your photos well, just put a filter on VSCO or Snapseed, they make your photos look really nice and it’s easier.
  2. If you are interested in editing your photos well, there are many tutorials online on how to do it so I suggest watching them.

Hope it helped, if you have any questions or want to learn more, feel free to message me.