If you want to take your photography to the next level, this is where you should start! The following tips are some of the cornerstones of great photography. They are simple and straightforward so that you can start using them right now and see improved results.
Eliminate Camera Shake
Camera shake usually occurs when you handhold the camera. It causes blurry photos. The first step is to learn how to hold your camera properly to give it the most stable base possible.
You should use both your hands, including one on the camera grip, another under the camera lens/body. To give your arms additional support, you should tuck your elbows into your chest.
Another tip to prevent camera shake is that the shutter speed you are using must be fast enough to prevent blur. You just need to make sure that the shutter speed is equal to or bigger than the focal length of the lens.
Of course, using a tripod will also help prevent camera shake.
Simple Backgrounds = Better Portraits
If you like portraiture, the fastest and easiest thing you can do is to simplify the background because a portrait aims to highlight the person in the photo, not the background around them.
If the background is too detailed, it will draw the viewer’s attention away from the key person.
So, find simple and non-descript backgrounds that won’t attract attention.
If you find a great spot for a portrait but afraid that the background is too crazy, what you should do is to use a large aperture to help to minimize the depth of field and turn the background into blurry goodness.
In addition, you can blur the background in Photoshop, too.
Tailor the ISO to the Situation
ISO controls the sensitivity of the camera to light, so you need to use the suitable ISO for certain situation.
If you’re shooting in broad daylight, minimizing the ISO is prudent. The reason is that you don’t need to make the sensor more sensitive to light when there’s an abundance of light.
Conversely, when there’s only little light, you should bump up the ISO.