11 Tips to Improve Your Photography TODAY! How to get better photos with any camera.

Want to take better photos, like, NOW? And how about doing that without having to dig into technical settings? Even better, what if you could do all that, without needing any new gear – using whatever camera you currently own (even a smartphone?). Cool beans, right?

Today I’m going to give you 11 super-practical tips to make that happen. These are the suggestions that I’d give to someone who just picked up a camera and wants some rocking shots. BUT DON’T RUN OFF! Even if you’re more experienced with photography, these are ideas that are easy to forget, and we could all use the reminder every now and then! Let’s go!

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3 Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode Why you need to take control over aperture, shutter speed, and ISO

You have probably heard, over and over, that you should be shooting your camera in manual mode.

But what is manual mode, and why is it so important for your photography? Lets figure it out!

Manual mode is one of the main settings on your camera, and it lets you manually control shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. These three settings work together to control the how bright or dark your photo is (known as exposure), as well as change the overall look of the image. Super important stuff!

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6 Tips For Better Bokeh How to get that dreamy blurred background


ISO 125,  70mm,  f/2.8,  1/800s

Normally what grabs our attention in a great photo is what is in focus. But have you ever looked at a photo and noticed how beautiful the out-of-focus areas are? Sometimes the out-of-focus areas might look like a gorgeous soft mass of blurriness. Other times it may seem as though an endless dazzling array of sparkles is filling the scene.

Bokeh is is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image” (from Wikipedia).

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Phantom 4 Review and Field Test Everything You Need To Know

Our Phantom 4 review is finally here! I’ve been testing the DJI Phantom 4 over the past month at home as well as on a recent family vacation to Costa Rica. I’m super excited to share my thoughts on the Phantom 4 and everything I’ve learned so far.

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DJI Phantom 4 Preview A Quick Look From Costa Rica

 

We just got back from Costa Rica! You’ll be seeing a lot more blog posts about the trip in the next few weeks. In the meantime the above video is a quick preview of some pretty footage I captured with the Phantom 4 on a beach near our house at sunset.

Photo Review: An Evening With The Boys

The other night there was some beautiful golden light filling the kitchen as the boys played. After a long, dark winter, this was a sight for sore eyes. So I grabbed the camera and spent some time photographing them as they went about their business – Max doing some art-making, and Oliver practicing his new walking skills.

I learn so much about photography when I shoot, and review the images afterwards. So I made a short video showing some of my favourite shots from the evening, and my thoughts on the shooting experience, resulting images, and the process of editing them in Lightroom.

Highlights include:

  • Pros and cons of shooting at super wide apertures
  • The problems with adding too much contrast to a black and white
  • How my approach to acceptable sharpness has changed
  • When a dark image works (and when it doesn’t)
  • And more!

Take a gander, and let me know what you think!

Sony Releases New Pro Lenses

Last fall I wrote about why I wasn’t buying the new Sony a7R2. My biggest complaints weren’t actually about the camera, but the lack of pro lenses (specifically a 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f.2.8).

Well, Sony has delivered.

They announced a new series of professional lenses called “G Master” (which sounds like a new rapper). This new lineup of lenses are supposed to offer the best performance and optical quality of all Sony lenses.

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