MY PROFESSIONAL ADVICE
When I started blogging a little over a year ago, I always wanted to be able to combine my love of photography with the written word. I feel like a good picture can bring words to life and vice versa. Now, I’m a professional photographer so the picture part I have down pretty well, the writing part however continues to be a working progress.
With that being said, I thought I would offer up my professional opinion on what makes a good photograph GREAT.
EQUIPMENT DOESN’T MATTER
This is probably the biggest misconception when it comes to taking great photographs. Most people believe they need to have the most expensive cameras with the most expensive lenses. In actual fact you really don’t. The invention of the smartphone has put camera photography on the back burner. Most mobile phones now come with excellent photo-taking capabilities and if used properly, they can produce quality imagery. However, being a photographer, I obviously prefer to use my camera whenever I have the chance. If you can afford to splash out on more expensive equipment then you definitely won’t be sorry you did.
WHAT KIND OF IMAGE ARE YOU TRYING TO CAPTURE?
You need to know what you’re trying to achieve when you take a picture. Are you looking to capture something more natural and candid, or are you wanting to focus on a specific person/product??? Either way, the most important aspect of achieving perfect photography is LIGHT.
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose
Natural light is by far the best type of lighting to work with. Using artificial lighting is difficult as it can often create harsh shadows in your pictures, whereas natural light is often diffused and creates a much more appealing look. This is particularly important for beauty bloggers who want to be able to photograph beauty products and show their true colours and tones.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND EDITING
I tend to keep my images as natural as possible, only really ever adjusting the brightness and contrast settings. This is a personal preference of course, and you are free to edit your images however you please. Just be aware that the more changes you make to an image, the more the quality of that image deteriorates. My recommendation for photography editing software is Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop. If however you are not in a position to pay for your software then there are loads of different apps available to choose from that do a great job. My personal favourite is Aviary. It’s great for adjusting all the different aspects of your photograph and takes mere moments.
IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED…
Practice makes perfect and this is especially true for photography. The more you play with your camera (whether that’s an actual camera or your smartphone) the better you’ll get. Take pictures at every opportunity and you will soon begin to find the process becomes easier and more efficient. Perhaps you’ll even develop a style of photography that sets you apart from everybody else.
“When you are not practising, someone else is getting better.” – Allen Iverson
ENJOY THE PROCESS
The most important message I wanted to get across in this post is that you should enjoy perfecting your photography. It’s an opportunity to capture and store away precious moments in your life that you might otherwise have forgotten. It’s a way of sharing your view of the world with others. Really it’s an art form, and everyone has a different eye for what looks good to them. Just enjoy it and let it happen in it’s own time. Some of the best photographs I’ve seen are just simple and fuss-free. That’s what you’re aiming for.