Whether you’re using your best camera or your smartphone, sometimes photos might not look as good as you initially expected. Perhaps you haven’t prepared for an early sunset, the model changed the colour of her hair, or one of your friends did a similar shoot two days ago.
Whatever the reason might be, understanding the dynamics behind taking better photos can improve your performance as a photographer. We decided to research a few methods from professionals, and asked for tips from the Lobster Ambassadors.
So here is a list of 10 things you should always remember as a photographer.
Marc Silber is an award-winning professional video producer, photographer, and photography teacher who has successfully worked in the field for decades.
The best tip I can offer you is from my book Advancing Your Photography, from the video series by the same name. I conducted over a thousand hours of interviews with some of the biggest names in photography, including Chase Jarvis, Chris Burkard, Joe McNally, Bambi Cantrell and many, many others.
There was one key concept that came up over and over which set the pros apart from amateurs: Visualization. That is the ability to see or visualize the image before you press the shutter. The difference between a snapshot that is taken and a photograph that is created is that the photographer first visualized it.”
Don’t try too hard
Zach Heaton is a renowned Pennsylvania-based Photographer for Kodak.
I would describe my photography as real or genuine. I try and get my images to look as close to the scene as I possibly can. I don’t add or take anything out of my scenes. I compose them how I see them and leave them be. The world is beautiful enough without sprucing it up with a little extra saturation.It doesn’t shoot at you or throw things, you just relax and take it all in.
(Source: Capture Landscapes)
Editing is Important
Colby Files is a professional photographer located in Scottsdale, Arizona and specialises in female portraiture, fashion art, model portfolios, and fine art nude photography.
You need to have the skills to carry off a great edit after the images are all captured. – Colby Files
(Source: Quill and Camera)
The Lobster Ambassador program is designed to expand the Lobster community by teaming up with the best content creators in prominent cities across the world.
Currently studying graphic design, Kristiana Pandere (Lobster Ambassador) doesn’t consider herself as a professional photographer – she says it’s her passion.
Use everything around you
When talking about photography skills and how to improve them, the first thing that pops into my mind – use everything that’s around you to create a blurry effect around the photo/or in some place. Take photos through flowers, plastic bags, curtains, leaves or basically anything (just play around and try what suits best for you). Just make sure that some parts of it are obstructing the lens view. Also, it’ll help avoid that flat feeling in photos, because that nice blurry areas in foreground will make the main part of your photo to stand out.
Change the perspective
Try to look at things from a different point of view. Literally, try out different angles, for example, bring your camera close to the ground or any other low object. We are used to see things from our eye level, but this way you can play with perspective, angles and even make nearby small objects seem a lot bigger and exaggerated.
Know your audience
You have to keep in mind that there are a lot of photo banks where photographers sell thousands of photos every day and these banks are full of them. Before starting to sell, you have to do some research to know what people are uploading and what’s trending. These sites are quite different, and if in one of them your landscape photos are on top, in other, they might not be recognised at all, and it may happen with any photography genre and style.
“My experience with Lobster shows that in this place people seek for more creative photos that might be harder to find in some other photo banks (I guess one of the reasons why is that you can synchronize your Lobster profile with Instagram profile and sell already post-processed photos that doesn’t ask for edit ). Therefore you should think about the idea and message you want to say with your photo, to make your photo stand out. For example, if there are already 100 photos of the Eiffel tower from the same location, and you upload one as well, it will get lost in all of those photos. But if those 100 are quite similar, but you used interesting effects, took it in the golden hour or maybe inserted some levitating objects as I like to do, then it will be different, and this way being different is a good thing for sure!“
Iuri Andrei Guntchnigg (Lobster Ambassador) is a software developer and amatuer photographer based in Brazil:
My tips are to take plenty of shots. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect ! Some photographers say that 10/10 photos are the worst! Secondly, look at other photographers . Be inspired! Thirdly, get feedback from people. Don’t be afraid to show your work! And again: take loads of photos!
Put your budding photography skills to the test. Connect your social media accounts to Lobster and see if you have what it takes to be a top photographer. You can also take part in Lobster Competitions and show your best work to the world. Plus, you’ll also have the chance to win our prizes and get your work featured in our collections and blog articles.
Have you acknowledged all 10 tips in this article? Do you have any other tip to share with peer budding photographers? Leave us a comment.