10 Top Tips For Better Images…
…is a set of 10 very easy to implement tips that you can use to improve your images and start making better photos today.
The book is aimed at beginner and aspiring photographers, ideally with a DSLR camera but most of the tips are also applicable to owners of bridge cameras, compact cameras and even camera phones.
If you own a camera and you want to improve your photography, I’ve written this book especially for you. It’s an easy, light hearted read and I’ve tried to remove as much techno-babble and jargon as possible. There’s still a little and there’s plenty of illustrations and sample images to help explain it in simple terms.
Try before you buy…
If you’re not sure, to help you make your mind up I’ve included the table of contents followed by the first two chapters.
Table of Contents
- Top 10 tips to improve your photos today…
- Tip 1 – Change what you do so you do something different
- Tip 2 – Steady as she goes
- Tip 3 – Get the colours right
- Tip 4 – Take control — Switch to aperture priority
- Tip 5 – Don’t always believe the camera – it lies to you
- Tip 6 – Composition, composition, composition
- Tip 7 – Find a different camera position
- Tip 8 – Turn off the flash
- Tip 9 – How can I improve it?
- Tip 10 – Don’t forget to have fun
- Your next steps…?
Chapter 1: Top 10 tips to improve your photos today…
Welcome to my Top 10 Tips To Improving Your Photography Today.
I’m going to take you on a journey, it’s only a little one but it’s going to be fun. Together, we’re going to explore 10 different things that I’d like you to do that will make your photos better.
Don’t worry, it’s going to be super simple. We’re going to start out very basic and build from there, one little baby step at a time. What I’d like you to do is work through it at your own pace. Read each tip then go and do the practical exercise before you move onto the next one.
If there’s something that isn’t clear or you don’t understand that’s my fault for not explaining it properly. Email me to let me know and I’ll do my best to answer it for you.
Now, there’s no time like the present and I’m dying to get started so let’s get cracking with Tip 1…
Chapter 2: Tip 1 – Change what you do so you do something different
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. We all do it without realising. Trouble is, it’s disastrous…
- It stops us progressing.
- It stops us achieving our potential.
- It stops our creativity
Worst of all it fosters boredom and frustration. As my father used to say, “a rut is a grave with the ends kicked out.”
What has this got to do with improving you photography? Everything. Let me explain.
Modern cameras are complex things. Lots of features, dials, controls and settings (and that’s before you get to custom functions!) if you try reading the manual to figure out what everything does you’re wasting your time. They’re written by an expert who assumes you know how it all works. It’s a Feature Dictionary. It tells you everything you need to know about a certain whizz-bang apart from the most important bit: why and when you’d use it.
You may as well throw it away for all the good it’ll do you. If you can stay awake long enough that is.
And that’s the problem: most photographers have a great piece of equipment in their hands with only a basic understanding of how to use it. So what do they do? They leave it on automatic. After all, it’s a clever piece of kit. It knows how to take pictures so why not let it do it’s job?
The camera can’t really interpret the scene in front of it. It does a great job but it has no idea what it’s being pointed at. Instead it relies on it’s own picture library, built into it’s own software to try and figure out what it’s taking a photo of.
In short, it guesses. It’s an educated guess and it doesn’t do a bad job but it’s a guess nevertheless. It could do better.
That, my friend, is where you come in. You’re the photographer. You’re the captain of the ship and that puts you in charge; not the software. The seas are filled with icebergs and you need to take control. Leaving it on autopilot won’t help you steer a safe course.
You’re going to hate me for this but I’m going to ask you to make some changes. I’m going to ask you do something different because that’s the only way you’re going to make better photos. Don’t worry, we’re in this together and I’ll be with you every step of the way.
PS you don’t need to know how every whizz-bang feature works, just the ones you’re interested in. Once you take control you’ll be able to make good photos with almost any camera.