In the last few days, I’ve been asked many times how I shoot my pictures, which techniques I use and which is my camera. At this post, I answer to some of these questions and I establish a new segment on my blog. Photography
It’s been about 2 years that I started to take photography a little bit more serious. When I say serious, I mean that I don’t just lift my camera and shoot. I try to visualize my subject, to find the right viewing angle and to compose. I have to say that by the time I started to photograph with a camera, I stopped to use my smartphone for that almost by 90%! It has to be something special if I don’t have my camera to take a snapshot with my phone.
What do I use when going for photographs
Taking photographs is something that makes me feel relaxed. I forget my problems just by holding my DSLR and wandering around. What do I have with me?
- My camera
- Memory cards
Basically, this is all I need. The camera I use for the last 5 months is a Nikon D700 which if you ask me is probably the best full frame DSLR by Nikon. At this post, I am not going to confuse you with the lenses I use, I will do that in another post. Let’s see how I take my photos.
Some tips for your photos
Pick the right time
The best time to take a photo is very early in the morning or late in the afternoon. To say this in a different way, DO NOT SHOOT WHEN SUN IS ON ITS PEAK. When the sun is up in the sky, the quality of the light is really bad. This is the hard light as we say in photography. You do not want hard light unless you do a photo project in a studio!
Do you see this photo of me? This is the hard light. Taking pics in the middle of the day will result in most of the times with photos like this. Do you see how white my face is? We do not want this.
If you begin to take pics early in the morning and late in the evening, this will be a major step up to your photography portfolio!
If I took this pic a few hours earlier, the sun would have this yellowish color and would have destroyed my photo. Now, taken at the right time, this is a beautiful picture!
Early in the morning and late in the afternoon is what we call in photography GOLDEN HOUR.
The rule of thirds
Super very important and extremely easy to apply is the rule of thirds. That means to put your subject (subject is the main thing in your photograph, eg a person, your dog, a tree etc) not in the middle of the frame but in the right or the left side, like this photo below.
Do you see how more interesting this photo became when I framed my subject on the left side? Make the comparison with the next photo
My subject in the middle of the frame and the photo is being fu@#$% up 🙂
Try this tip in your next photos and let me know if you are happy with the outcome!
Get to know your camera, REALLY WELL!
I see many people carrying a fancy modern camera and they shoot in AUTO mode! Disaster if you ask me! It is like having a FERRARI and you drive with a maximum speed of 100 km/h!
Get to know your camera really good before going out to shoot! That’s why the companies give you the manual! Read it! Before I buy a new camera, a new lens or anything that has to do with my photos, I read many reviews about the product that interests me, and I get to know it really well by the time I purchase it. When I have it on my hands, I am almost familiar with its use. I hate seeing people holding a Canon 5D Mk III and shooting in AUTO! I have seen this with my own eyes! (Canon 5D Mk III is a professional DSLR)
When I shoot landscapes I use the MANUAL MODE. When I shoot street photos or more candid photos I use the Program MODE with Exposure Compensation. I will explain these terms in an another post.
As far as it concerns me, I can use my camera even in the darkest situations! This is something I am proud of 🙂
Use tripod when shooting in the dark
The tripod is very important when doing landscape photography. It helps you to take your time to compose your frame, to include all the elements you want and to make all the necessary adjustments. One more major asset that tripod offers you is that you can shoot in low light situations. Like this one here
If I didn’t have my tripod with me, I could not get this photo! Check the next photo to see the difference
A typical example of a night shoot without a tripod and a flash. I hate this photos!
I think these are enough for my first post. Surely we are not done with the travel and landscape photography techniques chapter and more are to follow. I wanted to tell you the very basic things that you can do immediately to take better photos in your travels and your everyday situations!
I plan on to keep posting articles about photography. There are much more tips and tricks to share gladly with you.
Let me know your thoughts about that. Also a like and a share on this article would be highly appreciated!