Ten shooting tips that can make you a better photographer

A digital camera is a great tool to handle. It can generate near-perfect images. However, it takes time to understand a digital camera. Often, users limit themselves to a pose-and-click brand of photography. This is doing great injustice to the camera which is made for better use. To avoid doing the same injustice you need to follow the ten shooting tips given below:

1. You should never depend on Photoshop or any other photo-editing tool to digitally enhance the quality of your photograph. This is the first vow you should take, and follow, if you want to be a good photographer. The pleasure of photography lies in the way you shoot; not in the way that an artist improves what you have shot. So, ban photo-editing tools as far as your images are concerned.

2. You should avoid under exposure because an underexposed image lacks color quality. The sensor fails to read the colors that go to make an image. This takes away from the naturalness that an image should have.

3. You must remember that each sensor is designed to capture a certain tonal range. When you do not allow full light to fall on the sensor you are doing a great injustice to the image. Most of the pixels are unable to capture the tonal range in their full sweep and brightness. This ends up lowering the picture quality.

4. You must focus on the subject, and not on people or objects around the subject. This will reduce the noise level in your photographs. It will also bring in clarity and sharpness to the image.

5. Just as under exposure makes a picture dark and toneless, over exposure makes colors too rich giving the picture an artificial hue. Over exposures also blanks out light and dark effects, and the tones that give an image a natural look.

6. You must learn to look and respect under exposure warning lights. These are especially good for beginners who can change the exposure until the blinking areas disappear. Later, the user can start using their own insights in deciding the exposure levels.

7. The best photographs are those whose parameters are decided by the human mind. No amount of automation can change this fact. You too should gradually move away from automated functions and start making your own combinations when it comes to exposure, color, noise etc. You will find gradual, but unmistaken, improvement in the quality of photographs taken by you.

8. You must always remember to compose a picture. Composition is the art of focusing on the subject using frames, movement, lights etc. You can learn composition techniques either from a senior photographer or from a book. Then you should start practicing them. You will find an automatic improvement in the quality of your photographs.

9. You must use your camera as often as possible. This is the best way to improve.

10. Finally, you must learn to critically examine each image that you shoot. Try and find out the weaknesses of the photograph. Shoot again to remove the weaknesses – till you are fully satisfied.

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