Tips for Taking Good Picture

One of the most frequent questions I receive from friends and blog readers who are just getting involved in photography “How can I create great photographs with what I already have without spending a lot of money on expensive cameras and lenses?”. Since DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have become less expensive and people started purchasing sophisticated “entry-level” cameras There has been an increase in enthusiasm for photography among the general populace.

Photographers who are professional show their equipment used to produce stunning photos they give the illusion that just expensive equipment can create stunning photos. This is a major problem because it’s not the case. What happens next, is largely dependent on the budget and how seriously one is into photography. Some people begin purchasing expensive equipment, thinking that it will help them capture great pictures as well as improve their photographic skills while others simply return to their phones.

If you don’t have an Mirrorless camera or DSLR camera, and you need assistance with purchasing one I would suggest you read my post on the best way to purchase the ideal camera to meet your requirements. Check out Mirrorless vs DSLR. Mirrorless particularly in the case of an used camera.

Ajloun Field Sunset
NIKON D750 + 15-30mm f/2.8 @ 15mm, ISO 200, 5/1, f/16.0

I’ve mentioned it numerous times, it’s not required to invest in expensive equipment to produce stunning pictures. I always advise people when they buy the first camera “an entry-level camera can give you 90% of the way there”. Professional cameras are better and more efficient than entry-level equipment, but for that’s the reason it’s referred to as “professional”. However, cameras that are entry-level like those like the Nikon Z50 come with identical image quality to professional cameras.

The most significant difference between entry-level and pro equipment today is the presence of modern features rather than the image quality generated by the camera’s sensor. Professional models usually offer the most choices are more durable, feature stronger shutters, and higher frame rates, are able to handle extreme humidity and temperatures as well as better auto-focus and so on.

The best-quality gear (such as Nikon Z9) that is top of the line (like Nikon Z9) provides lower noise levels, a greater dynamic range, and better quality images – all thanks to the larger sensor size – however, less expensive cameras usually feature APS-C or micro four three “crop sensor”. I won’t discuss much the details of what “crop is or what the “crop” is, but If you’d like to know further about the concept, look up this post.

Don’t ignore sensors, crop factors and other technical jargon. You should ask yourself which artist would produce a more impressive painting, an artist using a poor brush or a beginner who has the best brush available? This is obvious…a camera is simply a tool within the toolbox of a photographer. Then, hand that sophisticated brush to a master artist and they will produce more stunning artwork. This is why professional photographers purchase the most advanced equipment, as they are able to get the most of it.

If that sounds like a crazy idea to you, then take a look at our video for you on how to get great pictures using every camera:

In the end, this post isn’t about analyzing cameras and equipment. Let’s discuss how to make the most of what you already have and how to make great photos.

1.Don’t Leave Your Camera at Home

It may seem uncomfortable, but how great is your camera if you don’t leave your camera at home? I’ve missed many wonderful photo opportunities simply because I didn’t bring my camera along. It doesn’t matter if it’s funny or unusual, carrying camera on hand could provide you with those unique unforgettable, once-in a-lifetime photos.

If you decide to put your camera away take your phone! The phones have decent cameras nowadays and the lack of options can help you focus more on the composition.

2.Take Lots of Pictures

The more you shoot the more you will learn It’s that simple. Take advantage of every opportunity to snap photos, no matter whether it’s either in the early morning hours or in the night. If you take a lot of photos you’ll begin to realize how you can use your camera under different lighting conditions, and also what is effective and what doesn’t.

In the meantime you will notice that if your photos don’t look as well, you’ll be researching further and reading books, articles or magazines, as well as online forums in search of the solution to your issue. In the end, you’ll be able to learn from your mistakes and will gain a lot of understanding on how to use your camera efficiently.

3.Visit Local Zoos, Botanic Gardens, Butterfly Pavilions and Animal Sanctuaries

Photography of wildlife can be very expensive and dangerous. If you do not have an extended telephoto lens, you might want to check out the local zoo or animal sanctuary to find great photos. Zoos that are larger and have plenty of space for roaming are ideal for photography since fences and other human-made structures aren’t as obvious. It is possible to get close to animals and capture amazing images.

NIKON D500 + 500PF @ 500mm, ISO 8000, 1/800, f/5.6

Butterfly gardens and botanic gardens are ideal places to practice photographs that are macro. You can play around with butterflies, flowers as well as other bugs at various time of the day. You will not only gain knowledge through the process and also take beautiful photos. Everyone loves butterflies and flowers!

4.Get involved with Local as well as Online Photography Clubs and Shoot with the pros

Find online photographers in your region and you’ll locate at least a couple of photographers in your area. A lot of these clubs are free or have very modest monthly fees for membership. Join one or more of them and you’ll not only be able to learn from fellow photographers, but you’ll get access to important information on local events worthwhile to attend and take pictures of.

Find professional photographers and advanced photographers that are skilled at what they do, and inquire if you can help them with the course of their work. You’ll be amazed by how helpful and friendly most photographers are. You will learn a lot from these individuals.

5.Consider Photography Workshops

If you’re able to spare some cash, you might want to consider taking the opportunity to attend a photography class. Workshops can cost as little as $20-50 for a class at a big auditorium, or more expensive than a few thousand dollars if you’re in a small group along with the most well-known photographer.

Travel classes can be extremely beneficial if you don’t have to be concerned about finding the ideal locations to photograph in new places or Photography Life currently has two workshops planned for 2023.

Wadi Rum (5)
NIKON D750 + 15-30mm f/2.8 @ 15mm, ISO 100, 1/25, f/11.0

Workshops are great for those who are looking to learn about photography quickly from professionals and also if you wish to learn more quickly, look for a class which is the best fit for your needs and then go for it.

6.Get Down and Dirty

If you’re snapping your photos sitting straight, at eye level, you need to try experimenting with angles. Try getting down on your knees, or put your feet on the ground to gain new perspectives. Being low can produce amazing outcomes, especially when you are photographing wildlife and humans.

Family Portraiture
NIKON D4 + 85mm f/1.8 @ 85mm, ISO 110, 1/125, f/3.2

7.Learn How to Take Sharp Pictures

I recommend reading my article about creating sharp images and avoiding blurred images. Blurred and soft images can be very frustrating and if you’re having problems taking sharp pictures the information in this article is sure to be extremely helpful to you.

8.Use a Circular Polarizer for Landscape Photography

I’ve just finished an article about how to utilize circular polarizers that you ought to examine. This is in direct contrast to the advice I gave above about shooting using what you have however, I consider that a polarizer is an essential item to have in any photographer’s bag which is why I recommend to test one even if you’ve never tried before, particularly for landscape photography.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 39mm, ISO 200, 1/4, f/8.0