Photography is something I have loved for a very long time. I still have archived photos backed up on my hard drive from around 2008. However, I hadn’t really realised how photography worked until I hit the end of high school.
A lot of people think photography requires you to have a stable DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) / SLR (Single Lens Reflex) which is completely untrue!
I started out practising photography when I was around 14 years old on my iPhone and didn’t have a care in the world that I didn’t have a proper camera to practise with.
So how can you make your photography better? Let me tell you.
A poorly lit photo is probably the biggest downfall of a photograph. If you have the ability to, take your photos during the day. The sun is your best friend. Take them indoors or outdoors, whichever suits you best and snap away. Golden hour is one of the best times for you to take photos if you want them to have a softer light with that golden glow. Not sure what golden hour is? Go ahead and ask your Siri, or simply google for “When is Golden Hour?”. Golden Hour is essentially when the sun is setting and is creating that soft golden light. It can be beautiful for portraiture photography too!
Angles are huge! Stop with those hip height shots and from a distance shots! Whether its an object or a person, try and take that little bit more time in figuring out which angle works best for you and for the photo. You don’t want to be bending in all sorts of awkward angles to take a decent photo! Take a few extra photos of different angles and choose your favourite. Why not try shooting through something? What I mean by this, is if you’re taking a photo of someone say in a forest or woods, try shooting through some leaves that will add that little bit of definition to the photo, and make it look quirky!
- Composition Composition Composition!
The composition of a photo is what really pulls it together. Look at how you’ve placed your object or person. Could you move it/them to somewhere else and change up the position of your image? Remember! No image needs to have the person or object directly in the centre of the frame. Try placing them somewhere to throw the image off completely! There are so many things you could incorporate into your image composition, as well as angles.
This is something that is completely worth the time. You can use everything I’ve mentioned so far in this post. The best way to experiment with your photography is to find different styles. Create a mood board either on your phone gallery or using Pinterest for inspiration. Pinterest is my go-to for photography projects or finding ways to experiment, and it can really be beneficial for you!
Ahhh props. One of the best things you can use for your photography to up your photography game completely. So many photographers use props for their photos and you can too! They can be super cheap ones too, and you really don’t have to spend a lot! Watch >> this << video by Jessica Kobeissi. This is one of my favourite videos that really has helped me in the past few months and I’ve now got a good idea of potential props! The kaleidoscope glasses are my fave!
I hope I have managed to help someone with these tips and tricks for your photography, and ways you could improve! Watching Jessica’s video is so worth it, as well as her other videos too.
Thanks so much for reading!