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10 Top Photography Tips for Aspiring Photographers

Date : 08 June 2021

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, so that must make a camera the device which captures what the soul is seeing.

Every photographer, aspiring or professional, has their own unique style and feel. The same way that an author’s writing or an artist’s paintings would appeal to the eye – and heart – so does a photographer’s photos.

The first lesson to learn in amateur photography, and probably the most important one, is to never lose your unique style as this is what defines you as a photographer. Technique and perfection all come with practise and research but style comes straight from the heart.

Take a look at these top photography tips we have put together to help you on your journey to becoming a better photographer.

1. Patience is a Virtue

When learning any new skill, as a hobby or vocation, it is important to remain patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day and nor are your skills as a photographer.

While some people do inherently have the “photographer’s eye”, this does not mean that hard work and diligence are off the table. Art cannot be rushed and nor can the artist. Be patient and give yourself the necessary time and space to grow and learn.

One day when you are looking back at your amateur photos you will be happy to see the journey that you have taken to get to where you are today.

2. Choose a Niche

In every vocation, there are different niches or divisions that you can specialise in. Surgeons do not specialise in all parts of the body, authors do not write across multiple genres and chefs have their preparation specialities.

In the same way, photographers have a niche that they are passionate about and become skilled in photographing. These niches include landscapes, portraits, still life, travel, wildlife and so much more.

Decide what you are passionate about and photograph subjects in that niche. Good photography requires passion – if you do not appeal to what you are photographing your unique style will not feature in the photo and your efforts will be wasted.

But, at the same time, do not restrict yourself. Try different niches and find the one that speaks to you.

3. Use the Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the first lessons taught to amateur photographers and is one of the most important. In the world of photography, every shot is divided into a grid of nine squares – two horizontal lines and two vertical lines.

This is done to correctly position the subject in the shot and to make sure that the viewer gets a better knowledge of the image and view. When photographing be sure to always check your shot afterwards to ensure that all the relevant detail is in the shot.

4. Choose the Right Equipment

Good quality camera equipment is very important for any photographer. The more expensive your equipment, the better your photos will be – right? While this is true in part, it is not the whole truth.

The camera is only as good as the photographer taking the photo. Think about some of the classic photos taken in the early 20th century. The camera technology then was not near as advanced as what it is today and many photographs from that time are still among the most famous of the age.

Do your research and determine what camera would best suit your needs and budget. Even a regular DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera is suitable for starting out.

5. Surround yourself with Creatives

The best way to learn more about photography is to surround yourself with photographers or people who are interested in photography.

By talking to people that are also passionate about photography, you can easily pick up on some helpful tips and also nurture a safe space to receive constructive criticism. Criticism is a major part of the learning process. Without criticism, you cannot hope to learn from your mistakes or identify them in the first place.

Develop an open mindset and remember that there is always room for improvement.

6. Define your Goals

In order to move forward, one must know which direction to travel in. If you have not yet defined your goals as a photographer, then now is the time to do so.

  • Do you want to take up photography as a hobby or vocation?
  • If you want to take photographs for a living, what is it that you want to photograph?
  • Is a large following important or the correct following?

These are the types of questions that you will need to begin asking yourself in order to determine your goals as a photographer.

7. Showcase your Work

The only way to be recognised as a photographer is to showcase your work. Whether you choose to do this on social media, in a magazine or at an art gallery, just be sure to start getting people to interact with your work.

While individual snapshots from various niches are great to show your range as a photographer, do not forget that it is better to be the master of a single niche than a novice of multiple.

Choose a niche that you are passionate about and create a photographic series. Photographs tell a story so multiple shots from the same series, placed correctly, can tell a story and capture the heart of the audience in the process.

8. Tips for Portrait Photography

Portrait photography is all about making your subject the most important aspect of the photograph. When looking at the photo, the viewer should be drawn to the subject and not the background.

Instead, the background should help to provide a theme and make the portrait more memorable instead of stealing the show.

Do not be afraid to use wider angles and horizontal shots even in portrait photography. It’s all about capturing your subject in the best way possible. And, most importantly, make use of natural light whenever possible.

9. Tips for Night Photography

When photographing at night or in the dark, camera steadiness is very important.

While this stands true for all photographs, it is especially important at night or in dark areas as movement will affect the outcome of your shot. Use a tripod to avoid shaky or blurred photographs.

Once you are set up increase the ISO to its highest setting (bear in mind, the higher the ISO the more “grain” or “noise” will be visible in the image), decrease the shutter speed to allow more light to enter the camera eye and keep the flash off when possible for a more natural-looking shot.

10. Keep your Devices Powered

Every photographer’s general rule of thumb is to, firstly, always carry their camera with them and, secondly, to always have spare batteries in their camera bag.

Eveready’s Digital Lithium batteries offer an exceptional life span and are ideal for high drain devices like entry-level digital cameras and flashguns making our Digital Lithium batteries every photographer’s dream.

Our Digital Lithium batteries are available in AA and AAA sizes to suit your equipment’s power requirements. With the capability to take up to 600 photos, you can trust Digital Lithium to keep your camera powered for every picture-perfect moment.

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