best way to become a better photographer is to slow down!
the camera steady, press and release the shutter gently.
a tripod if possible, which frees up your brain, as well as
your hands, but compose with the camera off the tripod so that
your creativity is not constrained.
your depth of field; use wide apertures for selective focus
and small apertures for great depth of field. If your camera
has a depth-of-field preview button, learn to use it.
sure that the shutter speed is either fast enough to freeze
subject movement or slow enough to show blur, depending on the
effect you want.
don’t aim. Don’t use the viewfinder like a gun sight
and always put the main subject in the cross hairs. Try placing
it off-center and experiment with the horizon line.
close; fill the frame.
always take the entire subject; let a part of it suggest the
whole – and engage the viewer in imagining the rest.
from low and high angles.
for distractions in foregrounds and backgrounds.
fill-flash outdoors for portraits to lessen harsh shadows.
verticals vertical, unless you want to deliberately skew the
angle for greater interest.
shooting into the sun.
out at dusk and dawn.
graduated filters when shooting sunrise and sunset.
the limitations of your in-camera meter; if you don’t
want a light or dark subject to be rendered a medium gray tone,
you must compensate.
in doubt about exposure, bracket.
the light. How soft/hard is it? What direction is it coming
from? Will the film/digital sensor record harsh shadows that
the eye doesn’t see? Is the light too contrasty for the
film? What color is the light, and do you want to change how
it is recorded? Is there sufficient light to hand-hold the camera
without camera shake?
learn the “rules” and then don’t be afraid
to break them.
always look for the trophy subject at the end of the rainbow;
it might well be in your backyard.
back time and time again to special places so that you get to
know them intimately and can get beyond the obvious with your
self-assignments to challenge yourself and focus your photography.
your failures, for they are your best teachers.
away the bad images.
HAVE THE CAMERA HANDY AND LOADED, READY TO GO. ALWAYS CARRY
EXTRA BATTERIES AND FILM/MEMORY CARDS.