I've been umming-and-ahhing over whether to write this post for a while. I realise that I haven't been blogging for long and I really don't want anyone to think I'm sticking my two-penneth in where I shouldn't by doing a sort of 'tips n tricks' post after only 5 months! I'm definitely no expert in photography, I have no qualifications in it, and I've never been on a photography course, however, I get some just lovely comments on my photo's and so I thought I'd do a quick post on what I have learned and stumbled across from each time I've reached for my camera or my phone (...because I'm a firm believer that you definitely don't need a 'proper' camera to take amazing photo's)!
Light, Light, Light
Number one on the list has to be light. Whether it be in from the window or from you being outside, natural light is an absolute dream, and I can't even explain the difference it can make to a photograph until you notice it for yourself! So if you're thinking your photo's could do with being a little brighter, try setting up next to a window, or just open the blinds a little more, trust me, you'll notice a massive difference.
Have a play
...particularly with angles! Things don't always look best when photographed from straight on, particularly lifestyle snaps. Each time I post a photo online, whether it be on my blog or my Instagram, you can guarantee there'll be at least 15-20 similar photo's stored on my camera. That's because I always love to have a play around with different angles, different compositions and different backgrounds as well as including different items in the same shot to see what looks best styled with what. You'll notice this red rose features in a lot of my photo's... I just love it so much! It can be fun to get your creative eye out and just have a play!
Go out and explore
This is one of my favourite things to do. This one can be great if you're in need of a bit of inspiration, either for photographs themselves or even whole blog posts. Go out and explore your city, explore your village or your town and your surroundings. Go and find places you never knew existed, or just sit and watch passers by and observe life and everything going on around you. Then take a photo of it. You might be surprised at what you come back with!
Get to know your camera
Now, if I'm completely and totally and utterly honest with you guys, I still have no flipping clue how to work my camera. All my photo's are still shot on Auto. Eeeeeep, I know, I really need to learn and invest some time into figuring out how to get myself off Auto, but it's just so easy to use!
What I have figured out however, is that you can still adjust the brightness, clarity, how in focus you want which parts of the shot to be, and obviously that the viewing screen actually flips out. This one took me a while... I SWEAR I have common sense really.
However, once I'd figured all this out, my photo's became a whole lot better within seconds, in addition to trialling and stumbling (literally) across those different angles!
It's all about that Edit!
Just because you've now got your shot, doesn't mean that you have to stop there. You're always going to be able to make your photo's look even better.
I know a lot of fellow bloggers swear by Photoshop, and it's a great tool to enhance your photo's and get them looking just the way you envisioned. However, I found that Photoshop can be a bit overwhelming and tricky to navigate, especially if you're a complete novice on it like me! Photoshop also comes at a cost, and if you've already spent some pennies on a camera, you may not want to spend some more on editing software, and there are a lot of great, cheaper and free alternatives out there, such as PicMonkey, which is a completely free online photo editor and pretty much does what you need it to!
I, personally, actually edit all my photo's on my phone! I know, this is probably a bit random and I should really use something a bit more technical, but for me, its the easiest and quickest way of getting my photo's looking the way I want! My camera has built in Wi-Fi, and through an app available on the app store, I can quickly transfer any photo's I've taken straight to my phone (and then they're also simultaneously on my Mac via iCloud and photostream - it's an absolute dream!). Once they're on there I then just use the Afterlight (£0.79) and VSCOCam (free) apps to increase the brightness and clarity of my photo's to get them looking blog ready!
What would your photo tips be?