What ceases to amaze me is how talented people make photo cameras look like magic wands. If you’ve frequented me for a while now you probably noticed I don’t use Instagram, yet. It’s quite odd how this platform is so popular in the photographing community. I thought about getting one too but I’m currently too busy with a handful of projects and drinking 3 gallons of coffee every day. If I don’t use one I might as well look around and see what other photographers are doing in the world of pictures. I don’t like picking favorites but the one below looks too good to be true, you’ll see more of it as you progress further into the list!
I would be lying if I said I made my website photo-exclusive, it’s true, photos are great but they are not the only thing you can do with a camera. They also have a recording function, which takes 30 or 60 pictures every second, oh wait, that’s the other thing you can do with the camera, record videos. I love shooting videos, especially when I got it all planned out in the back of my head and it all goes smoother than spreading butter on hot toast. I personally like to use Premiere to do my editing, but you may have other tastes and I respect that. Welcome to a color grading lesson.
The only real reason you are here is because you are interested in photography, no other person in the right mind would find any of this interesting in any imaginable way. Like you, I used to take photos with my android phone, the pictures were lame, bad lighting and a resolution lower than any retro game ever to touch the market. My first piece of advice to you is to not use a phone as a camera, but what can you do, we all start low, you’ll have to make due with that cool phone of yours for now. Don’t worry. I’m sure if you put a little heart and soul into them, they will look good too!
First time’s a charm
My first pictures were horrible, I was frustrated, nothing was coming along the way I wanted it to, I would often find myself playing on my phone or texting instead of focusing on what I had to do just because it all seemed to work against me somehow, that distracted me way too much but I loved it way too much to give it up, good old times huh? With this uncontrollable habit of mine I have to say I’m surprised I ever got any work done. I used to play soccer, or football, or whatever you call it where you live back in high school, had an amateur team but it was all fun and games so no harm done.
Now that high school is done I still continue this little hobby of mine but truth is I’m way too busy to do it all the time. That’s why I play sports games most of the time. Games like FIFA or NFL keep me there, entertained and content with myself. I don’t like admitting this but I wasn’t very good at the game version of any of those sports. In fact I used some FIFA Mobile 17 Coins in order to progress faster, shame on me. Can’t say I didn’t brake a couple of phones here and there from raging but once again, no harm done, unless you’re a phone. Let’s get started.
1. Don’t take vertical photos
When taking pictures make sure you keep that thing horizontal not vertical, nobody likes vertical photos, you should know this! How many times have you watched a video turned vertically and thought, man how can this guy film like this, it’s almost unwatchable! Same thing applies for most pictures, believe me, don’t be that guy. At the end of the day it’s all up to you, but I highly suggest you stay away from taking your photos in vertical mode.
2. Focus, but don’t use too much depth of field
Use a focus option if your camera has one and keep your hand steady, you can use a bit of depth, but don’t overdo it, it can make it look fake. I can’t understand why some people take photos while walking and expect them to be any good! They look shakey, blurred and like you’ve taken them using your personal graphic toaster, think twice before you decided to take a photo while on the run. Also, one of the most important things to know is that you can’t have a great picture without a little post editing to it, there’s a Lightroom tutorial somewhere around here if you are interested, check this out!
3. Try using a camera stand
If you still have problems keeping the camera still while in your hands maybe you should invest into a camera stand, there are quite a few affordable stands at a convenient price. Take a look on the inter webs and you may find something you like, not gonna point out towards any specific products as it’s best you choose something you like not something I like. Basically all it does is keep your phone/camera still and you can take amazing pictures without a not so welcome blurry effect on them from a shaking hand.
Try to follow all those tips above and you’ll notice a drastic improvement in your pictures quality, it’s not that hard. I’d be nice to receive some photos from you, before and after doing what I recommended, check out the contact page in order to do so. Good luck and follow your passion, see you next time fellas!
Have you ever used Lightroom? Me neither! People keep talking about post editing like it even matters, what a bunch of goons. I keep using Paint to edit my photos, who needs a software that can make your life much easier am I right? Like you, I have used Paint for many years before realizing there is a software which is supposed to help you edit photos in a majestic manner, who would have thought? Joke aside, Lighroom is here to stay, it makes life easier than Photoshop ever could, or Paint for that matter.