Photography is an essential aspect when it comes to starting your own business. Did you know people convert photos 60.000x faster than text?
That is why high-quality photographs matter. But sometimes it can be tough to capture professional photos.
That is why I am going to tell you 25 photography tips and hacks to improve your photographs even more. And I also got an amazing gift for you 😉 If you want to learn how you can capture professional photos with your iPhone camera only; I have a free 7-day email course available called You Can Capture.
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1 Know your camera Yes, this probably sounds obvious, but you should make sure you know how your camera works. If you don’t know how your camera works, you can’t expect that you can shoot professional photos.
2 The right ISO Always make sure you use the correct ISO when you are photographing. This is essential because the wrong ISO could ruin your photos pretty quickly.
3 Know the shutter speed Also important: You need to know which shutter speed you should use. Are you going to capture moving objects, or do you want to shoot long exposure? Find out which shutter speed you need for your photographs.
4 Shoot in RAW Instead of using the high-quality mode, try RAW mode. You have so much more editing possibilities when you shoot in RAW! I highly recommend it.
5 Know your aperture Your aperture controls the amount of light that travels through the lens. With the aperture, you can create a bokeh effect, that is popular.
6 Format your SD-Card regularly Did you ever had the problem that your camera tells you there is no space anymore on your 2GB SD-card, while you only took five photos? When you delete a photo, it will be removed, but it is still on your SD-Card, while you can’t even see it. Weird right? So make sure you format your SD-Card regularly, to get your space back. WARNING: If you format your SD-Card, everything on it will be removed.
7 Use a tripod Use this when it is hard for you to keep the camera still. Example: A slow shutter speed.
8 Shoot in manual mode When you are shooting in manual mode, you can learn how your camera works.
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9 Cheap backdrop hack If you don’t have a clear and white desk (Like me) then you could choose to print some high-quality backgrounds on a piece of cardboard. Nobody will tell you the difference 😉
10 Double sided tape When you are going to photograph a flat lay, there might be a chance that a pencil or something will roll away. The solution: Double-Sided tape!
11 Leave your setup After you took a lot of shots, leave your setup like it is. I always import the photos to the computer first. After I am satisfied with the shots, I will start with cleaning my setup.
12 Use a clear background Use an environment that is not too busy. As I already mentioned, I use a marble background: Simple, clear and not distracting.
13 Take a lot of photos Make sure to take some extra pictures. Most of the time you notice the mistakes when you upload your images to the computer. So if one picture didn’t turn out well, you have like four extra photos!
14 Take your time Don’t rush it. Make sure that you use the right settings, and good lighting, instead of rushing everything.
15 The composition is everything. It is essential to pay attention to your composition. Composition matters!
16 Use natural light Natural light is the best light you can get. It will make your photos sharper, brighter and your colors will turn out better. And best of all: It’s free!
17 Use a paper towel as a Flash defuser Don’t have a Flash defuser? No problem at all. Just place a napkin in front of your flash to dim the harsh light. But I always recommend people to use no flash at all.
18 Focus on the eyes If you are photographing a person, always focus on the eyes. In this way, your picture will stand out more.
19 Photographing kids hack When you shoot kids, they are always looking at everything, except the camera. Use double-sided tape, and place a small toy on your camera. Problem solved!
20 Wait for the right moment. It will be worth it. I waited three weeks until I finally captured the perfect sunrise!
21 Try different angles Sometimes; your photo doesn’t turn out as expected because of the composition. If it doesn’t work out, try to shoot from different perspectives.
22 Make people comfortable If you make people more comfortable, they will do it better in front of the camera 🙂
23 Focus on the first person Focus on the person that is the closest to your camera. The same as you focus on the eyes: Your picture will be more in focus
24 Invest in progress, not in quality I use my iPhone, and I am delighted with the pictures. You know why mine turn out so professional? Not because of the camera, but because I make a lot of progress by practicing.
This picture was shot with my iPhone camera.
25 Know when you should use portrait or landscape There is a huge difference. For a magazine, you should photograph in portrait. For a landscape picture or family photo, use the landscape way.
I am forcing myself to stop now. Those were all my photography tips and hacks. I hope it helped you. What are your favorite photography tips? Let me know in the comments. Please share this post! I want to help other bloggers too with these photography tips!
PS. Don’t have the money to invest in a DSLR, but you still want to shoot stunning photos? My iPhone photography course is perfect for you!
Lots of love,