I’m in no way a photographer, but I do like to have fun with a camera. The number one question I get asked about blogging, besides tips on styling an outfit, is how to take better photos. A creative eye for photography isn’t something you can exactly teach, but the more you get used to your camera, the more proficient you’ll become as a photographer. If you’re looking to improve your photography skills, get shooting. The more photos you take, the higher chance you have in developing a creative eye for what you like. It’s important to know, that every photographer will have a different perceptive on what’s beautiful.
Take inspiration from others
If you’re just starting out, I highly suggest looking at other people’s pictures, to help you get a better understanding of what you like. Pay attention to each photo and make note of what you would change and what you would have done differently. Also notice what makes that photo unique and special. Be aware of those around you, colour schemes you find appealing, and items that demand your attention. Your daily routine and personal life will play a huge factor in your creative style. The more ideas you can come up with, the more creative your shots will become.
Create your own voice
Like in fashion, creating your own unique voice and vision is extremely important. Although it’s fun to try different techniques, sticking with what you love will help create your own unique style. That being said, don’t be afraid to try new things. You’re an artist after all, which means you like to experiment. Have fun with your camera and don’t worry so much about others or the outcome. Some of my best photos were taken when I wasn’t trying too hard.
Do what you love
Photos are extremely personal, so always shoot objects that are near and dear to your heart. Don’t be afraid to look at subjects in a new perspective. Finding a different way to capture the world around you, opens you up to a world of creativity. Different lenses, filters, angles or even different times of the day can create several different photos of the same item. Try moving closer and further away, zooming in and out, to create different effects.
Mastering the art of photography doesn’t come over night. It took me almost a full year to fully understand all my camera settings. As any professional photographer will tell you, they’re always thinking of new ideas and how they can improve themselves. Give yourself plenty of time to learn and grow. If you have a creative area, start shooting. Practice really does make perfect. The more you shoot, the better your photos will become.
Learn how to use manual settings
My final tip would be, learn to use your manual settings. While shooting everything on automatic may seem easy, it’s really limiting. You don’t have the creative freedom on auto like you do on manual. I know it’s comforting in knowing that your camera is doing the work and making the decisions for you, but you’ll never really be able to develop your photographer’s eye. Start by experimenting with different settings to understand how your camera’s aperture, ISO and shutter speeds will give your photos a new look and feel. The more you shoot in manual, the more creative and knowledgeable you’ll become.
What are your photography tips?