5 Random Photography Tips
Got a couple of minute spares? Want to pick up some totally unconnected random photography tips?
You’ll never know which one will help you with your next photo outing.
We noticed (like it’s hard not to) that there were tonnes of channels on YouTube offering you 5 tips about aperture or focus or composition and we thought – what if aren’t interested in any of those things – it’s a totally pointless video.
Why not make something for everyone, if possible?
That’s why we’ve conjured up 5 practical (but random) photography tips.
Now it’s a true roulette as to whether you’ll learn something or not – but isn’t it just fun to play the game at least?
They are tips that we the tutors at iPhotography use a lot so they aren’t just gimmicks we assure you. They’ve saved us time, made us more productive and creative. So if you are lacking those things in your photography then the next few minutes are going to be really fun to stick around for.
Tip 1. Don’t Switch Off
This may sound counterproductive but leave your camera on whilst you’re out shooting. If you’re walking around town for example, you’re way more likely to miss out on some interesting interaction or activity if you’ve camera is turned off.
Granted some cameras have a fast response time nowadays. But the fleeting moments can still be missed especially if you’re photographing people so just keep your camera turned on.
The battery won’t suffer as much as you think. You may only lose 5% of your batter power by just keeping it on, but this will vary depending how long it’s on for.
It will consume less power than all the times you’re turning it off and on in between shots. Ultimately, it means your camera is ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Tip 2. Shoot in RAW
The reason for doing this is that you can see if you contrast levels are correct. It adds the benefit that you can instantly see if the story is more powerful in a different colour mode.
Shooting it in RAW means that when you actually come to edit your image then your file will still start off in colour (in case you change your mind).
It will save you time knowing which of the shots you want to edit in to black and white.
Tip 3. Get Your Boots On
If you love going out for walks and you’re taking your camera then teach yourself to walk a bit slower and don’t just aim to get from A to B.
Appreciate what you see on your walk and always look around you, left to right and behind you.
After all photography is all about telling a story with your camera and no story is ever clear being told in a hurry.
You never know what scenes or details emerge when you move your position. Look for bold colours in dark areas, clear landscapes, contrasting textures, beautiful sunsets. Walk to high vantage points to capture wide vistas and dramatic skylines too.
Tip 4. Explore on Instagram
This photography tip is one for the social media fans amongst you.
If you’re looking for a new location to take your camera too then we’d recommend using Instagram as a research tool.
Their explore feature allows you to search for places and you’ll find images that other people have geo-tagged. So you can have a look at the location before you go.
This can save you so much time in planning.
It gives you a more accurate idea of the location from the public’s perspective.
Furthermore, you can even order it by date which is great for outdoor photographers, as locations differ season to season.
Tip 5. Creative Filter Tips
99% of you will see these functions on a new camera, try them out once and then dismiss them as cheap gimmicks, but look again. Creative filters on your camera are a little different to colour filters as they transfer the effect of the shot with blurs or vignettes.
You’ll see minature effects (creating the feel of a tilt shift lens), toy camera (which throws a vintage vignette around the edge), pop art (adding a bit of Andy Warhol madness) as well as high and low key effects.
Though most of use won’t use these features every time we turn our camera on, they are still really useful for getting ourselves out of a rut.
When you suffer a creative block or a pro-longed period of inactivity with your camera then send yourself a challenge of using each of these modes and try to see what creative effects you can conjure up.
Got Your Own Photo Tips?
See we told you they were random! But we really hope you’ve found something in those 5 photograph tips that will save you some time in the future. Let us know and tell us what your random photo hack is. Maybe we’ll make a feature video of them all soon to share out!
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