Now that digital cameras are being used by most consumers, you can go to your favourite photo developer, plug your camera memory card into a kiosk, select your favourite shots, and you have photographs! However, if you have noticed that your images are not up to standard afterwards, you must know that your photos may look much better before you share them, whether it is by email or by printing them. The truth is that there is no silver bullet to making a professional picture. It often takes years of practice; however, as a newer photographer, you’ll find that there are some things that will dramatically improve your photography without much effort. There’s no doubt that there’s an abundance of tips and tricks to improve your landscape photography available online these days. This is why we have decided to share with you the top things you can do to make your images look much better!
Shooting photos in RAW is the choice of most professionals. Unfortunately, we all know that once you import those photos into Lightroom, the vibrant images viewed on your camera LCD suddenly look flat. A quick way to fix that is to apply a few changes through the preset. Set up the contrast to +10, highlights to -25, shadows to +10, whites to +10, blacks to -35, clarity to +10, vibrance to +45 and saturation to – or +5 depending on the picture. You must remember that a high-quality setting uses the least compression. A low-quality setting uses the most compression, but it also makes your image look much worse. You may have noticed that your camera offers a few different photo quality settings. These are available on almost any model in the market today, whether it is a point-and-shoot or a digital SLR. If your camera supports different resolutions, always choose the highest. Why? You never know when you’re going to take the picture of a lifetime. If your camera supports different resolutions, always choose the highest. Why? You never know when you’re going to take the picture of a lifetime.
Light plays an important part in photography; without it, there’s no image to be captured as the camera’s job is to register the light. When you adjust your aperture settings, you’ll see that opening get bigger and smaller. The larger the opening, or wider the aperture, the more light you let in with each exposure. The aperture is measured by numerical values called f-stop values: the smaller the number, the larger the opening—and vice versa. ISO is the digital equivalent (or approximation) of film speed. The faster the film speed the more sensitive it is to light. Professional photographers recommend sticking to a lower ISO setting (or the “Base ISO” setting of your camera) when shooting in well-lit or fair lighting conditions, as higher ISO settings tend to add grain or noise to your images. Together, these three settings determine a photo’s level of exposure. They can all be adjusted on the LCD screen menu or by using shortcut knobs or dials on the camera body.
If you are into portrait photography, then there are many ways to make a portrait photo have more interesting lighting. You could simply place the person in the shade in order to put even lighting on their face, or you could turn their back to the sun so that hard shadows don’t rake across the face. When you have the advantage of daylight, make the most of it! This means shooting wherever it is available, it can be the light from the windows or doorways. Not only does daylight look natural, but it is also very bright! Daylight is significantly brighter than even the brightest flashes.