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!
If you’ve been following this blog for a bit, you’ll know that we recently bought our (now 3 year old!) son, Max, a camera. (If you haven’t watched it yet, the video of him opening the camera is pretty adorable, from a totally biased parent perspective!).
Since getting the camera, we have been taking things slow. Max is an independent young man, and likes to do things on his own, so intense photography lectures aren’t his jam. We leave the camera on his table, easy to access whenever he wants. Some weeks he isn’t interested, other weeks he’ll pick it up a few times. We’re mostly just stoked that he is still using it – maintaing interest over months for a toddler is pretty awesome.
Every time I think that I am out of inspiration and out of ideas, I head to our bookshelf. It’s huge, and jammed full of books of all shapes and sizes (those tiny kids board books are just so hard to store!). I let my eyes browse over the titles, and within moments something amazing happens: I relax. In front of me is a lifetime’s worth of ideas and inspiration – mine for the taking. I pick up any book that interests me, and start to flip.
Maybe I don’t get more than 5 minutes in before I’m called to go play dinosaurs. Maybe I get a full hour of reading done while the baby sleeps in my arms. But almost without fail I find my brain fills up with inspiration with a book in my hands, and I feel a renewed sense of energy.
Our bookshelf has books from all genres, and that alone is something I find very enjoyable. But today I’ll share 5 books for photographers from our bookshelf that are immensely inspiring. They’re great for any type of photographer, and I’d highly recommend you check them ALL out!
For the past 6 months we’ve been working on our latest tutorial. Today we are finally releasing it into the great wide world and to say we are happy to see it launched would be an understatement! So, without further ado, we’d like to introduce Fantastic Fundamental Light Skills!!
We’ve known we had to do a tutorial on light for years now. It is really the key to photography! But it’s such a tricky topic. You can either get super technical, or super practical. We wanted to find a better way, that teaches you the fundamentals so you have better practical skills, no matter the situation.
Back in the fall of 2013, Rob and I created the Explorers Club Scholarship for Documentary Photography. Along with my sister Stephanie, we had just wrapped up our first major documentary project and, in seeing how much it had taught us all, we wanted to help another photographer pursue their documentary dreams.
So we put a call out for entries. We sorted through tons of amazing ideas and shared our favourite three with you guys, letting you vote to decide who should receive the $500 cash prize.
Today, we’re so, so excited to share with you the work of the winner: Jeff Borkowski’s Guiding Eyes: The Process of Training Guide Dogs.
2014 was a busy year here at Photography Concentrate – we published tons of new articles, went on adventures big and small, and released four brand new tutorials. If you didn’t manage to follow along regularly, not to worry. Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing the best content from the past year.
To kick it off, we’re going BIG, with the posts you guys loved the most (as determined through our super-scientific method of counting up comments and social shares). Plus, we’ll give you the lowdown on our newest tutorials, so you can start your year off by seriously boosting your photography skills.