Friday, May 28, 2010

20 random tips for photographers.

This is a new section here at all photo buzz, the "tips section".  I'll be putting these out regularly on all types of subjects.  This one is very broad and cover's all types of photographers and photography.

1. Alway's zip up your bag (Especially around heavily trafficked areas, and dirt, snow, or sand).
2. Get your flash off camera as much as possible, but if a quick fix is needed, don't be afraid to throw it on camera and use some type of modifier while still achieving great results.  I highly recommend the LumiQuest Quik Bounce for this type of situation.
3. Never quit, find ways to stay inspired and remember why you love photography.
4. Keep your lens cap on at all times when not using the camera.  It costs way too much to replace a lens, even if it saves you time.  I always have at least 2 extras laying around my house just in case I lose a few, as I often do.
5. Don't be afraid to use photoshop to improve and tweak your images.  Most images could use some sort of adjustment to help deal with the limited dynamic range and general softness of digital cameras. 
6. Don't let a lack of money fall in the way of your dreams.
7. Use new technology to give you an advantage over other photographers.
8. You don't have to be full manual, Aperture-priority can help ensure you don't "miss the shot"
9. Shoot as much as you possibly can.

10. Study your camera's manual inside and out, small tweaks can make a huge difference, and it doesn't make you a loser.
11. You won't be the best unless you work hard.
12. The only reason you aren't making any sales is due to a lack of marketing, and a fear of failure or rejection.  Even bad photographers can make great money.
13. Time spent shooting is never a waste, even if you don't get anything you can sell.
14. Experiment!
15. Shoot in RAW unless your shooting a quick event, the latitude it will give you over adjustments could save you, or make your work look incredible.

16. Go wide, offer a perspective that is unique.
17. Go out and shoot with a prime lens exclusively.  The 50mm f/1.8 is about $100 and will make you work harder to find unique angles.  It's also one of the sharpest lenses in existence.
18. Back up all your photography onto a second hard drive, and back it up again in 5 years.  Drives eventually fail and recovery is way more expensive then the initial purchase.
19. Stay true to yourself.  If you shoot what YOU want to shoot, you will be more successful and happy.
20. Don't let a failed shoot hang you up.  Everything works against us sometimes so we must push on ahead.  It's not the end of the world, your still alive, and will learn from the experience.

Look for more "tips" articles in coming weeks.

That's the BUZZ for Today!  Please check back soon for more.


Anonymous said...

Great advice - I almost had a disaster with the unzipped bag last weekend but everything was well packed in and nothing broken but *phew* did I learn my lesson.

I would add "always have a supply of business cards somewhere - in your bag, in your car"

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