Photography Quick Tip: Making Use of Reflections

Making use of reflections

If you pay attention, you will see that there are a lot of unique opportunities to make your portraits stand out. One of the things to look out for, that many others miss, is reflections.

You can find them after (or even during) rainy days, in small or large puddles, in ponds or lakes or even in swimming pools. Water isn’t the only source, try mirrors, big glass windows, and chromed out fixtures, reflections are everywhere if you know to look for them!


Add a wow factor with reflections!


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Photography Quick Tip: Photograph Your Passion

Photograph what it is you are passionate about!

Focusing on what you love in photography will make photography more enjoyable for you. If you are passionate about nature, then photograph nature.  If you are passionate about people, then photograph people.  If you are passionate about pets, then photograph pets.  If you are passionate about something else entirely, then photograph that.  Start learning by taking pictures of what you are passionate about.


You will stay interested in, and want to learn more, by photographing that which you are passionate about.  The obstacles that you encounter won’t seem so tough when you face the challenge with passion.


Focus on your Passion!


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Photography Quick Tip: Exposure Compensation for Properly Exposed Imagery

Learn how to use exposure compensation efficiently
Sometimes you’ll take photographs that don’t properly expose your subject.  Not using exposure compensation can make you image look way too bright, or way too dark. This is a result of a combination of a few things: which areas of the scene your camera measured for exposure, and how different in brightness the light and dark areas are in your scene.
You can quickly fix these images by using the in-camera exposure compensation to make your subject look just right.


Learn how to use exposure compensation for properly exposed imagery!



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Photography Quick Tip: Keep Your Eyes Open

Keep both eyes open when looking through the rangefinder

This has a couple of advantages.

First, when shooting portraits, your subjects will be able to ‘connect’ with you by seeing one of your eyes. Without this, many subjects can feel a little bit uneasy like you’re hiding behind the camera.

Secondly, keeping both eyes open lets you monitor what’s out of the frame so you can predict when your subject will enter the frame. This is important for capturing sports, animals, or any kind of action shots.


Keep Your Eyes Open.


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Photography Quick Tip: How to Avoid Camera Shake

Avoid camera shake as much as possible by…

Camera shake can render a photo completely unusable. Increasing your ISO and opening up your aperture allows for faster shutter speeds, reducing the chance of blurry images. However, this is not always an option if you’re trying to maintain other specific qualities in your image.


Start by doing what you can to reduce camera movement, which begins with learning how to properly hold a camera.  Use one hand to support the camera body and use the other to support the lens. Pull your elbows in against your body so they have something stable to rest on. Then hold your breath right before pressing the shutter release. You can further stabilize your body if there’s a wall, tree, other solid object, or even the floor to rest on.


Some scenarios with longer exposures will require the use of a tripod.  Using a tripod with a remote will help ensure that your image is as sharp and stable as possible.  If you don’t have a remote then you can use your camera’s built in timer.


Avoid camera shake by holding the camera properly or by using a tripod and utilizing a remote.


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Photography Quick Tip: Straighten and Crop while Editing

Make sure to straighten and crop your images while editing.

You should try to straighten shots by looking through your camera’s viewfinder before capturing an image, but it’s not always easy to get this perfect on the first try.

The viewfinder or the preview on your LCD is quite small compared to full-screen editing so you may realize it needs adjusting once you see it on a bigger screen. Simply rotate to straighten your images in post production software and crop out the empty spaces within the image.


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Photography Quick Tip: Match Shutter Speed to Focal Length

Photography Quick Tip: Match Shutter Speed to Focal Length


Prevent blurry pictures by matching shutter speed to the lens focal length


For example, if you’re using a 50mm lens you should use shutter speeds of 1/50 sec or faster to be able to capture handheld images and keep them sharp. Longer lenses are heavier and more difficult to keep steady — making the shutter speed faster helps avoid camera shake and keeps your image sharp.


Lens Focal Length = Shutter Speed (or faster)


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