7 Photography Tips and Tricks You Need In 2017

We live in a world where new advancements in digital technology are forcing change and the general way we do things. It’s now quite common to document every fleeting moment through social photo apps like Instagram and Snapchat.

If your social snapping has inspired you to take things to the next level and you have already equipped yourself with a DSLR, it’s time to hone in your skills.

Even if you have a few years of photography packed away, we still implore you to get crafty with your camera with these tricks and tips, regardless of experience or photography style.

Here are 8 tips from the photography experts from the NuShots Team.

Top Industry Photography Tips and Tricks from the Team at NuShots

There is no time like the now to level-up, so read on to start snapping some seriously stunning shots!

1. Direct Eye Contact

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If you like taking portraits, eyes are a big selling point. Direct eye contact can engage your viewer and bring life to a photo. When taking someone's picture, it’s best to position the camera at the subject’s eye level so you can highlight a smile or expression from their eyes to smile. Don’t be afraid to get your knees dirty because an eye-to-eye vantage point is a pretty powerful thing to capture.

2. Depth of Field

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Adding the element of depth will transform a photo through added focus, making your subject that much sharper. The use of shallow depth of field will ensure your focal point, or the subject, stands out from the background.

Alternatively, for landscape photography, it’s best to use wide-angle lenses to get a great panoramic view and set your camera with a small aperture of f/16 or smaller to maintain sharpness.

3. Managing Your Lighting

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Lighting is, without doubt, the crux of good photography. If you’re lighting is right, you can work wonders. When shooting outdoors in natural light, indirect and natural light is softer, providing the perfect conditions for most subjects. Direct sunlight often creates unwanted shadows or overexposed photos. With this in mind, always plan your outdoor shoots around sun positioning and weather conditions, to maximize light. If you’re shooting inside analyse where the most light filters through from windows. You may find that artificial lighting is required.

4. Rule of Thirds

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Composition is critical to photography. When you’re starting out, abiding by this simple grid can make your shots look more balanced and focused. To make your photos visually interesting, place your main subject on the intersection of the points of the horizontal and vertical lines. This is a tried and tested method and one that has worked for photographers for generations.

5. White Balance

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Deal with those awkward blue and yellow hues being filtered through your lens. Usually, this can be addressed by correctly setting your camera’s white balance. This is related to colour temperature and if you have unsightly colour casts on your images, adjust your settings to the point where you get the most natural looking images.

6. Blurring

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Even if you have hands that are as steady as a surgeon’s, there is no reason to risk producing blurry images. In shoots where you’ll be stationary or require minimal movement, use a tripod to keep your shots stable and sharp. In addition, you may opt to use your camera timer as an extra stabilizing measure. This will ensure shots are untainted by excess movement like eager, fidgety fingers.

7. Post-Processing

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Even the best photographers edit their raw photos. Whether it’s filtering, doing a simple crop or incorporating creative changes, post processing can elevate your photo and open up a whole new world of image development.

The biggest piece of advice we can give you - print your photos!

Printing photos is liberating. By having your work printed and on display in a meaningful place, it is brought to life.

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