Through My Eyes

Updated: Mar 3, 2019



As a result of the positive feedback I received from the photos in last week's blog (thank you to everyone who reached out), I decided to do a follow up post!


First, if you haven't checked out last week's blog, click here.


This post is about some of the techniques I use to come away with photos that'll stand out from the rest and have you falling in love.


1) ANGLES


Get out of the habit of bringing your camera to eye level and just snapping away. Go high (maybe jump?), get low, move to the left, right, whatever you have to do, switch it up. Angles tell different stories. For example, if you're shooting a person from a low angle, or drop down to a "worm's eye view", this will make your subject appear larger and in power.



2) TAKE RISKS


Step out of your comfort zone, climb a cliff, or maybe ignore that "No Trespassing" sign. Breaking boundaries will help you get photos no one else has taken. If a photo requires you to step out of your comfort zone, chances are it will be rewarding. But hey, if you get caught, it wasn't me who told you so 🤷‍♂️.


3) AUTOMATIC-MANUAL


All photographers can agree that it's necessary to shoot with a purpose. But what if you just can't get the photo you want after playing with multiple aperture, shutter speed, ISO combinations? Toggle back to your camera's automatic mode and take a photo. Check the outcome's settings and adjust yours accordingly.


2nd photo: ISO 100 18mm f/14 1/100 sec 1st photo: ISO 100 18mm f/14 1/50 sec



For this sunset, I didn't like how washed the sky looked and wanted more contrast in the foreground to make the landscape silhouetted. A minor change in the shutter speed and I was able to achieve a picture closer to my vision. You should shoot in manual everything, but sometimes flipping back to automatic can help set a starting point.


4) BE INTERESTED


Become interested in the subject you are taking pictures of. Maybe you're shooting a popular landscape, a famous city, or a sporting event. Whatever it is, learn the history or meaning behind it. Doing so will help you to connect the dots, allowing you to better tell the story with your photos. This can also develop different ideas and angles as to how to tell the story; resulting in a unique photo.



5) KEEP SHOOTING


Before I got my first DSLR, I was always taking pictures with my phone or asking my dad to borrow his camera. If you're looking to break into photography, chances are you have a device with a built in camera. Whatever the circumstance, practice and repetition will always make you better. I recently got my first light kit and definitely need to practice my lighting skills more. So, that's how I spent my Saturday afternoon! #SelfPortraitSaturday


The face you make when you have an unopened bag of Doritos waiting for you.

If you're looking to get started in photography, I've attached some beginner DSLRs. There is a lot to consider when picking your first camera other than a budget, so be mindful and do your research on the specifications. I'm a Canon lover and think the Canon Rebel series are great DSLRs for beginners given its range of function and easy navigation.


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