I am very lucky to have many talented and generous photographers take me under their wing to show me the ropes when I first started taking photos. Without their valuable experience I wouldn't be the photographer I am today. I often get asked as a professional photographer “How do I take better photos?” Here are my top tips:
1. Shoot. Everyday.
Practice and Practice. Get used to handling your camera and its functions so it becomes second nature. As your technical skills improve over time, your ability to harness them to tell stories and should too. Don't worry too much about persoanl style to begin with - this will start to emerge over time.
2. Get Close Up
The famous photojournalist Robert Capa once quoted: "If your photos aren't good enough, your not close enough".Get in amongst the action - you can also see faces more clearly for portrait and kid photos.
3. Ask permission
In certain countries if you photograph someone or something your are not ‘supposed’ to, you could get into trouble. Make sure especially when photographing in Dubai and the UAE that permissions are asked.
4. Use flash during the day!
You might think that flash should only be used during the night or in darker locations, but give the flash a go during day light too.If it is an extremely bright day outside and the sun is creating harsh shadows on your subject, switch on your flash. By forcing extra light onto your subject, you will be able to fill in those ugly shadows and create an even exposure.
5. Charge your batteries
It sounds like a simple one, but there is nothing more annoying than your camera running out of battery. As soon as you are home, get into the habit of charging it straight away. That way you are always ready.
5. Be part of a photographic community
Join an active group that offers feedback on how great you are going. You can learn new things to help you improve your technique, and you might even make some new photography buddies.
6. Rule of thirds
This is one of the most common tips that pop up when it comes to improving your photos. Cut your frame into thirds by using both horizontal and vertical lines. You then place your point of interest over the cross sections of the grid.
6. Be patient and persevere
With time, patience, and perseverance, you will get better; with each and every photo you take. Enjoy!
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