Tuesday’s Tips: Getting into it.

Every Tuesday I’m going to put up a “Tuesday’s Tips” post that will give tips on a different aspect of photography.  Tips on shooting, editing, iphone-ography, etc.  So let’s kick it off today with my top 4 tips for getting into outdoor adventure photography.

1. Adventure Often

One thing we sometimes forget to think about is that the more we go out and shoot the better we get.  The more you go adventure, weather it’s a road trip, a day trip to a state park, or simply a walk through town, give yourself as many opportunities as possible to get outdoor nature shots.  You know what they say, practice makes perfect.

2. Use what you have

You certainly don’t need a big fancy camera to start taking good adventure/outdoor photos.  That is because it’s not the camera that does the work its you! Of course you know want the cheapest camera you can get your hands on, but any entry-level dslr camera has great features and is fully capable of creating great photos.  Iphones are also another great way to get shots. I actually use mine all the time, when I have my camera on hand and when I don’t.

3. Framing

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This is important.  Think, if you were to take a picture of a picture on the wall, but you cut off part of the top and right side of the picture, and also have part of the wall on the bottom and left side.  You are left feeling like this is more the the photo that you can’t see, as well as seeing part of the photo (the wall behind) that don’t want to see.  This can happen if you don’t frame your shot well.  So here’s a few things you can do to help frame your shots.

  • Use natural frames like trees, windows, doors, lines within nature, and so on.
  • Be careful not to cut off part of the photo that should be seen.
  • make sure your subject is the focus of the photo.

4. Have a subject.

What I mean here is know what your subject is.  Chances are if you’re just pointing and snapping pics, they’re not going to turn out that great.  When you have a subject and you are mindful about what/where the subject is (weather it’s a person, a mountain peak, a rock formation, etc.), and you put thought into placement and framing, you’re going to have a much better shot.

Of course there are countless other tips for simply starting out in photography, however these are the ones that I feel are most beneficial to getting your photos to look good.  Let me know what you think, or if you have any other tips to add!

 

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