5 Steps to improve your photos as a beginner.

As a beginner, you might be wondering, you have all the gears you need to get started but your pictures are still average/not mindblowing. Well, here are 5 simple steps that I took to improve my skills.

1. Use Your Camera Every Day.

Using your camera on a daily basis will allow you to learn faster things about your own gear and how it performs under what kind of conditions. The following things listed below are what you should learn by using your camera daily,

i – What settings work best for your camera under what kind of conditions.

ii – Look at things from different angles.

iii – Work on your composition

2. DIY Photography Hacks

Look for cool DIY photography hacks on Pinterest ( CLICK HERE ) and use them to get creative and awesome!

I would personally recommend doing the bokeh shape DIY hack!

Shot on Canon 450D + EF 50mm f/1.8 @ 1/300, f/1.8 iso 100
Shot on Canon 450D + EF 50mm f/1.8 @ 1/300, f/1.8 iso 100

3. Use a Tripod

Using a tripod will allow you to get steady and sharp shots. It really helps when it comes to getting long exposure shots at night. Practice will do the rest.

Canon 450D + EF 50mm f/1.8 @ 2sec f/1.8 iso 400
Canon 450D + EF 50mm f/1.8 @ 4sec f/1.8 iso 400

4. Shoot in Live View Mode

Shooting in live view mode is a blessing as it allows you to see exactly what you will be getting. In that way, you will be able to get better shots (not more) in some amount of time.

While using the live view mode, you might want to learn things mentioned in part 1 above!

5. Limit Your Shots

One of the best ways that made me impove my photos in the past is to limit my weekly shots to 24 pics only. I made as if I had a film camera which can only take 24 photos per cartridge. In that way, you force yourself to get at least half good shots out of all.

If 24 photos in a week are not enough, you might begin with 24 photos each day. At least one should be instagramable.

This method will also be useful when you get in a situation where you have only a couple of minutes to photograph something or someone. For example, I recently got in a situation where I got to shoot a famous Make-Up Artist (@cedriclanappe) for only 3 minutes because I was in a rush and did not wanted to take much or their time as I know that they have their things to do too. I took only 5 shots out of which 3 were usable. Everything happened so quick that I was unsure if any of these 5 shots will be good BUT backed up by 2 years of practice, turned out to be great.

Canon 80D +Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 @ 33mm 1/400s f/2.8 iso640

6. (BONUS)


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