Tech Tips: Here are Some Old but Effective Photography Tips

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While working as a Social Media Monitor and Community manager for Corel, one of my assignment was to submit a number of photography tips that we can give to Corel users via the social media channels. So I thought to share those tips here as well.

In no particular order. 🙂

1. Anticipate the moment – knowing what will happen next will allow you to capture an interesting moments like hugs and kisses.

When shooting in a wedding, birthday parties or just about any occasions as long as your subjects are people and persons, there will sure be a lot of emotions as well as expressions flying around. A photographer’s job is to know when and where a hug, smile, laughter, cheers and just about any expression is going to happen, in order to capture that perfect moment, after all “a photo is a moment froze in time.”

2. Master your photo equipment and camera – know your equipment like its part of your body.

To be a good a something, you have to know the ins and out of your tool. A a race car drive needs to know how to use the car first before driving, software engineer must know how to use a computer before he can start coding, the with photographer, he must first needs to know how to use his equipment before he starts shooting.

Even if you are the most technical photographer, if you don’t know how to change the ISO setting or Exposure of your camera then it’s still useless.

3. Live, eat and breath the “Rules of third” – “Rules of third” is the golden rule of photography.

At first, I did not understand what the “rule of thirds” is, but if you’re like me, here’s a quick explanation what it is.

Rather than placing your subject at the center of your, which most of the time will appear monotonous and boring, you may want to keep in mind the other elements that are surrounding your subject.

The Rule of Thirds is probably one of the cardinal rules of composition. Mentally divide your viewfinder or LCD screen into thirds, using two vertical and two horizontal lines to create nine smaller rectangles and four points where the lines intersect. See image below.


Image source: wikipedia

4. Always shoot RAW. – If you’re new in photography, a seasoned veteran, then you should and always shoot in RAW.

RAW files are the digital equivalent of negative films, that contains all the information that your sensor can capture, storing a compressed (or uncompressed) lossless file.

This gives you a lot of room to process your photos especially if the photo itself needs rescuing, editing or just changing it’s format.

5. Better Under Expose than Over Expose – If worse comes to worst, it’s better to under expose a photo under over expose. Under expose photos can still be saved while over expose are next to impossible.

Here are a few things to remember about Under Over Expose photos.

Under expose photos – still have the captured in formation in them, this is where the RAW file option comes in. You can use your favorite Photo editing software to make the necessary correction.

Over expose photos – are photos that practically have less to zero capture information in it, giving you less room to fix or edit the photos

Here’s a great analogy, underexpose photos are like undercooked meat, while over expose is overcooked food. Undercook food can still be fixed; you can still add more salt, spices and what not, while over cooked food, well the only solution is to replace it.

Other photogs may tell you otherwise but this is what works for me, so if the other way around works for you, I won’t argue with that.

If you have suggestion or tips of your own, I’ll be more than happy to hear them from you. Sources of these tips are from months/years of reading different photo tutorial sites and from my own experience.

Last modified: February 2, 2013

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