Top 10 Photography tips

Smile More

If you smile to the people, they smile in response. Try to make eye contact. Don’t hide behind your camera.

Create a “Grid Effect” Using a Tea Strainer

You can create grid shadows using an old tea strainer. Just hold the strainer at different levels of light in front of your subject to create this shadow effect.

Shoot in HDR mode for more impact

Our eyes have the ability to perceive highly contrasted scenes such as sunsets, and we’re so used to it that we don’t even pay attention. The iPhone camera (or any other camera), however, doesn’t have the capability of registering such great dynamic ranges of luminosity. So here comes the HDR option to save the day! HDR or high-dynamic-range imaging is a technique that makes it possible for the camera to capture details both in the dark and the light areas of the photo. To activate the HDR option you’ll need to open the camera app, tap on “HDR” at the top left corner of the screen and then choose “On”. Pro Tip: Turn on the option in Settings > Photos & Camera to save the original photo too – that way you can take advnatge of HDR photos, but also have the non-HDR version as well for you to choose from.

Do Some Prep

Before showing up for a shoot, it’s always best to do some prep. Having some ideas sketched out or some lighting ideas already in your mind will go a long way in helping to get your work done in lesser time.

Take candid portrait photos

Getting subjects to pose can sometimes give less than optimal results. Some people are just not comfortable posing. This discomfort is particularly apparent in child portrait photography where posed portraiture images can come off as forced and unnatural. Getting your subjects comfortable and shooting them doing their usual, natural activities can yield fantastic portrait shots.

Tip: Using a longer zoom lens to step out of the immediate proximity of your subjects can make them lose the shyness or stiffness of being photographed.

Go back in time with Undo

To undo the last thing you did, press Ctrl/Cmd+Z. If you want to step back further, press Ctrl/Cmd+Alt+Z. At the default settings, you can go back up to 20 states, but if you want more, you can increase the number of History States in Edit > Preferences. (Select Photoshop > Preferences if you’re using macOS).

Price Your Work Carefully

Before handing over any images, make sure you are clear on who owns the images. If you’re selling the copyrights for your images to the client, you need to include that in your pricing.

Darker edges

To quickly create a vignette around an multi-layered image, click on the top layer in the stack and press Ctrl/Cmd+Alt+Shift+E. This will collapse everything visible into a new layer. Now go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter, and select the FX tab. Under Post Crop Vignetting, move Amount to the left for a dark vignette, or right for a bright one, and adjust the look with Feather Roundness.

Shoot In RAW

RAW image files hold all data captured by the camera’s image sensor. While the files are larger than JPEGs, you have more control when editing the images later on in post-processing. With files in the RAW format, you can scale back any blown-out highlights and pull the details out of darker shadows. As beach scenes are often over-bright, you have a better chance of resurrecting an overexposed photo with RAW.