Tips & Tricks on How to Take Perfect Photos

  • 04-02-2021 |
  • Courtney Millhouse

"Shooting an image is like a love affair. Each time you take a photo, you are taking a step into the unknown. You do not know if the person you are shooting will like you, and you will be together for a long time." (Roger Faxon)

To help you make this step to the unknown more considered, I prepared some tips for you. I would like to share my knowledge I've gained over the past few years of shooting and editing photos. I know that you can't really learn photography overnight, it takes a lot of practice and a lot of trial and error.

1. Take the shot when you are "in the zone"

When you are in the zone, you won't have to think much about what you're shooting. You will just shoot what happens naturally. Don't be afraid to experiment with different angles, lighting, and backgrounds. 

Don't focus on what you think the camera is focusing on. 

2. Shoot in RAW

RAW files allow you to take full control over your images. The RAW format is great for post-processing. You can easily edit your photos using RAW images.

3. Use a tripod

When you are taking a picture, it is important to use a tripod. This will help you to avoid camera shake. You can also use a remote control to take shots. If you don't have a tripod, you can use something to stabilize your camera. You can use your hand (you can train yourself to hold the camera steady) or use a nearby object. 

4. Follow the rule of thirds

Most of the time, you want to be in the center of the picture, but sometimes the subject has to be slightly off center. Try not to be too far to the left or right and don't be too close to the camera, try to be right in the middle of the picture.

When you do post-processing, always focus on the center of the photo. It's also always best to avoid overexposing your photos if you want to keep the details crisp. Overexposed photos will have a washed-out appearance, which is not very pleasant. 

5. Vary the settings

Change the camera settings when you're taking a photo. This can help you get a different look. If you're shooting with a mobile device, make sure it's set on the highest possible quality to get the best result. 

6. Use the right camera for the right occasion

If you're taking photos for work, choose a DSLR. If you want to take photos for fun, choose a high-end point and shoot camera.

7. Get to know your camera

Get to know how your camera works and how to use it. Try to know how to use all the functions of your camera. 

8. Shoot at the right time

When you're taking a photo, it's important to take it at the right time. If you want to get the best picture, you have to take it at the right time. If you are not sure about the lighting of your photo, take a picture before the sun goes down, so you can check if you need to adjust the lighting of your photo before you do the final edit.

Lastly, have fun: take lots of photos and learn from them.

Best Photo Editing Programs

You can think of photo editing software as a tool that allows you to manipulate your photos. We will be talking about the best photo editing software for PC.

1. Photoshop

With over 900,000 people on the waiting list to get an appointment, Photoshop is a household name. Photoshop is a very powerful photo editing software that will allow you to do almost anything you can think of. 

It has a bunch of tools that you can use to manipulate your photos and it also has some really great filters that you can use to change the look of your photos. Photoshop is also the most expensive photo editing software you can buy and the best part is that it will be with you for the rest of your life. 

It is not an inexpensive software, but if you want the best features of any photo editing software, then you should buy Photoshop.

2. Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is a digital photography workflow application for browsing, editing, sorting, and sharing photographs. If you want to edit photos, but have no idea how to use Photoshop, then you should get Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a photo editing software program that will allow you to do almost everything you can think of. 

Although it is not as powerful as Photoshop, it is easy to use.

Take a Shot

I hope you enjoy this article and find it useful. If you have any tips you would like to share, please comment below! 

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