April 4, 2015
Recently I’ve been getting into casual photography, taking enough pictures on my phone to post a photo on instagram every day. In just over 100 days, I’ve already learned more than I had expected to learn.
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TIP #1: GET INSPIRED
Whether it’s colour, shape, framing, lighting, locations, or any of the other elements of photography, there’s a lot we can learn from each other. We are all influenced by the things we see, so it doesn’t hurt to put some high quality images in front of your eyes. The key is to find photos that you find interesting, and ask yourself what makes them a strong photo?
TIP #2: USE A CHEAP CAMERA
We all know how easy it is to fall into gear obsession, so I think one of the best ways to combat that is to limit yourself with equipment. I only use my phone to take pictures, leaving the heavy DSLR with it’s high resolution RAW images at home. Using just one lens forces you to move around and try different angles rather than just zooming in, and the limited colour depth and dynamic range mean that you can’t be lazy. It’s not that better cameras are worse, it’s just that I’ve really learned a lot from forcing myself to make the best of a cheap camera.
TIP #3: CONTRAST
It’s definitely worth doing colour correction and grading on your images, something that we could all do with practicing. So adding a simple contrast S curve in something like GIMP or photoshop really does go a long way. More important than that is to think about contrast when you’re looking for shots – contrast between bright colours and dull colours, between highly detailed areas of the frame and a simple parts – more on this in the annotations below.
STORYTELLING WITH A SINGLE IMAGE.
Here’s a list of very powerful ad campaigns that have a lot of meaning without any audio, backstory etc.
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.