40 Tips for Photography

  1. A better camera doesn’t make better photos (it depends on the lens, I blogged about it).
  2. Don’t treat you camera like a baby. The DSLR is your work equipment like a air hammer for construction worker. Treat you camera right but do not overact.
  3. The picture is about the relationship about you and the subject and not you and your camera.
  4. Know how your camera works before you go out to shoot.
  5. Be ready for the shoot always. Don’t take your lens cap on the camera all the time and don’t switch your camera off every time after you made a shoot. (If you are worry about having a low battery get more charged battery’s with you than just one!)
  6. What light do you want? Morning light or evening light, they are beautiful while midday sun isn’t pretty good for photography.
  7. If it is needed put the ISO up. The noise isn’t what bad like in past. The noises reducing of modern DSLR’s are pretty well.
  8. Well auto ISO is your best friend. It can make you easier the picture you need.
  9. Sharpness is good but overrated. If your picture is sharp in “fill screen” on your laptop it is harp enough – you may not take photos for print magazines or commercials.
  10. Prime lens will make you think more about the object you are taking photos of.
  11. UV-filters are just protecting the lens – UV-filters are relicts from the analog times of photography.
  12. P-Mode isn’t just for beginners. It is about getting the shoot not about bragging how you made the shoot in M-Mode.
  13. You don’t have to rely on the rule of thirds but it will help you to make better photos.
  14. Don’t take pictures of everything. It is just waste of memory space you may need.
  15. Lens hoods aren’t necessity, you will get notice how and when you use them.
  16. Not using the lens hood doesn’t mean to storage it backwards on the lens you have some bag or pocket to put it in.
  17. Pack light because photography isn’t for ruin your back and it isn’t feels like fun if you carrying so much with you that you think your back get broken.
  18. Don’t get to much equipment while starting. You don’t 15 different lenses, 5 different flashes or 3 tripods. Start small, start with what you have and you will improve your skills because you have to improvise.
  19. Use the best tripod you have your legs – change the view get on the ground get up on a higher point do whatever you want but don’t shoot always on head height.
  20. Use the Zoom for convenience.
  21. Prime with 35mm is one of the most practical prime – Prime with 50mm looks better than 35mm
  22. Take a lot of shoots the possibility get the magical shoots is higher 😉
  23. Robert Capa: If your picture isn’t good enough you’re not close enough

  24. Andre Kertesz: Seeing is not enough, you have to feel what you photograph

  25. The best equipment doesn’t help if you’re not at the best spot.
  26. Spend time to consider what a good shoot is.
  27. Get a concept on what you are shooting or what you shot.
  28. Setting themes could help you to get focused on what you want.
  29. Well don’t drink or use drugs before or while shooting even it makes you more creative. That is not professional.
  30. Get up early. It feels pretty well to get up very early to get the magic shoot.
  31.  Photography is much a reflection of the person taking the photo (Do not shoot selfies with your DSLR you are not the subject)
  32. Direct or not direct that is irrelevant these are just methods. (see trevel photography). Take a soft shutter and don’t flash the people like in Men in Black. You are taking pictures not blind people or delete their memories.
  33.  Be critical of yourself it helps you to continue to improve your skills
  34. Be brutal when you have to delete awful images. You will not look at the photos you hate. Wait maybe I need it some day? NO you won’t, believe me! Just keep the good ones.
  35. Show only the best work.
  36. Take your camera always with you. The best shoot is the shoot you made not the shoot you missed.
  37. Changing colored pictures into B&W doesn’t make your picture interesting. B&W photography isn’t something you can use like a new haircut to look better. B&W photography is much more when just changing the colors.
  38. Social Media: Look at other people shoots to consider what makes the shoot good or bad.
  39. Social Media: Post your pictures online and let people critique your work you just can improve if you get feedback.
  40. Photography isn’t easy it can be a hard way!
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2 thoughts on “40 Tips for Photography”

  1. Fantastic list! I had to laugh at some of them, especially about deleting awful photos. I always hang on to the bad ones just in case. But can you explain more about 10 and 12. I know people say prime lenses are better, but why? And what are the advantages of P mode?
    Thanks!

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    1. Well everything has advantages and disadvantages also prime lenses. If you ask yourself to use prime
      lenses you should know that you just can change the frame of the picture by moving your position. If
      you start with photography it could be a good idea because you have more to think about how to take the picture. You may have to go away from your subject or go near to it. You have to deal with different distances, point of views and the view angles. You can’t zoom you have to move the position to get closer or get more in the picture you appropriate an improved photographic view which is more intuitive and faster. It will help you to get the image you want before the moment of taking it is over. Aside from the learn effect you can work better in available light situation because the prime lenses have a high light transmission, f.e. one of the cheapest Canon prime lens have f/1.8 the professional Canon L Zoom lens have “just” f/2.8. You can also play with the Bokeh effect in pictures it is the blur produce in the out of focus parts of your images. This could be really helpful if you have a subject or an object that you want to focus and get a smooth background. Well but I just use prime lenses as well for portrait photography or if I want to play with available light or Bokeh. Prime vs. zoom that isn’t a topic that should be discussed about it’s not sports or politics
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      Why to work in P-Mode isn’t just for beginners? Well you may have different light situation especially you are on the street shadow, sun, half shadow etc. If you would set up everything on the camera for every picture new: shutter speed, diaphragm, exposure correction, ISO, flash correction and so on. You would probably still setting up while the moment is over. So you could maybe better set up the shutter speed or exposure correction fast and set manual AF-points than setting up a lot more and losing the moment. AV or M are good modes and honestly I love them to use but sometimes the situation request to take a fast image faster as you can set up everything. For situation like this it’s made for the P-mode. I think it is more important to get a great shoot than bragging about you made the picture in M-mode and P-mode should be the lowest mode you working with because CA and automatic aren’t modes for photographers no matter what level.
      And well I blogged more about the prime

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