Have you ever found yourself thinking there’s nothing interesting around you to photograph? It’s a common complaint, but the best way to hone your skills is to learn to find the beauty in even the most mundane surroundings. Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and a change in perspective!
“I don’t know what to post!”
It’s a common complaint amongst bloggers who just cannot create consistent content due to a lack of ideas. Whether you are just starting out in the blogosphere, or a seasoned pro, we all have experienced these moments of frustration where we have no idea what to blog about.
Two common tools used by photographers for post-production are Photoshop and Lightroom. Photoshop is a very powerful photo editing tool with so many features and has been around a lot longer, and because of this, it is considered the go-to software for professional editing. However, Lightroom, although more recent compared to Photoshop, quickly gained popularity, both among professionals and amateurs.
Instagram has become a very popular social media platform today. In fact, it recently beat Twitter for the spot of “Most popular social media platform.” However, as a photographer, one aspect I’ve consistently pondered over is how to use this very popular platform to my advantage in terms of attracting new clients.
When I first picked up a camera back in 2012, I was shooting pretty much anything and everything that my eyes could see. It was a great way to get started and practice, but once I got the hang of using my DSLR and learned the technical side of things, I realized that my pictures were actually pretty boring. Taking a good picture that is in frame and sharp is definitely important, but there is a lot more to capturing a picture that is interesting and eye-catching.
Whether you’re just starting out with a phone or point-and-shoot, or you’re trying to improve your DSLR photography, these 10 tips will help you take your pictures to the next level!
There is no limit to your imagination, and what can be done in post processing can add so much magic to your images. That said, it’s important to not get so caught up in post processing that you end up completely ignoring the magic that can be made within the camera itself!
Cropping can be an invaluable tool during post processing. It can take an otherwise fairly normal composition and spruce it up into something magical. However, when cropping pictures, it’s important to keep in mind that too much cropping can lead to a lot of noise in your image. The overall quality will decline and your image may not look very pleasing to the eye. Cropping should never be used as a substitute to getting the perfect composition in camera.
Typically, when cropping an image, your goal is to get the subject at the perfect spot in the frame, or get rid of unnecessary details that may be in the picture. This usually leaves you with a somewhat rectangular or square image.
An interesting way to spruce up an image through cropping is making a panoramic image, which can be horizontal or vertical. Usually panoramic images are done by taking several shots that are later stitched together during post processing. However, if you already have an image that you think can be cropped into a panorama, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try and see what you come out with.
This picture of these two ducks were taken at the Riverdale Farm in Toronto, Ontario. The original image had goats in the background and a small barn on the left side. But the positioning of the ducks with their beaks crossed perfectly, almost as if they were about to kiss, really caught my eye, so I cropped the image as a panoramic shot of just the ducks. The fact that the image is panoramic also adds to the overall symmetry in the image, which is something that often catches my eye.
I hope this post sparks some ideas for you on revamping your photographs. Are there any cropping techniques you use when editing? I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to leave any comments and/or questions below! 🙂