8 Tips for Capturing Amazing Images

Everybody (and their mom) is a photographer these days. We’ve all got a camera on us at all times, photos are easier to share than ever before, and the better your images are the more likes you’ll get! Awesome, right? So how do you go about taking amazing photographs at all times? Here are some tips to do just that.

 

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Words and photos: Colin Field

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  1. Throw out your camera manual. Seriously. Who needs it? So boring. F-stop this, shutter speed that. Who cares? Go to step two and you’ll know all you need to know about your camera.
  2. Set to P. Hopefully your camera has a dial with a big P on it. This obviously stands for Perfect Picture. Set it and forget it. Bingo bango. If your camera doesn’t have a giant P somewhere, look for the green rectangle. Close enough.
  3. Spray and pray. Throw the rules out the window. Rule of thirds? Who cares? Composition? Why bother? The spray-and-pray technique works by the same principle as asking every girl in the bar for her number; eventually something will work out. Grab a big memory card, set your camera to burst mode and fire away. You don’t even need to look through the viewfinder!
  4. Always shoot from eye level. This is the same vantage point that every human since the beginning of humankind has viewed the world from. So why bother getting low, high or anywhere in between?
  5. Fix it in post. Aw, Photoshop. That wonderful turd-polishing piece of software. Don’t fret if all your images need hours of post-processing to look good. Even Ansel Adams used Photoshop-like techniques in his darkroom.
  6. Variety is the spice of life. That’s what they say, but if you’ve found something that works why change it?
  7. Level out. Just because the horizon is level in real life doesn’t mean it needs to be in a photograph. 45 degrees? No problem. Get creative!

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