Are you frustrated that your images just aren’t sharp of what you envisioned? I remember feeling that way when I first started using my camera! I get it! I’ve come up with three helpful tips to help improve your images!
Before we get started, please know that I do not claim to be an expert in this! I shoot Canon and I know what works for me. I love to help give others the knowledge that I was I had when I first started out. I hope that these tips are helpful if you are just starting too!
1. Shoot in manual
Shooting in manual is one of the most intimidating yet rewarding things you will ever do with your camera! Just imaging not knowing anything about a car and someone tell you to drive. Scary right? Take it one step at a time (and practice shooting manual on your own time – not a shoot)! Google your specific type of camera and tutorials about how to shoot in manual. These is SO much you can learn when it comes to learning how to shoot manually, but for me it was easier to focus on four main components first and then study the rest later once I mastered other components once I became comfortable shooting.
- Apeture (f/stop)
- White Balance
- Shutter Speed
If you can understand how each of those three components work, you will better understand how they work with one another. I could talk forever on that topic, but that will have to be a blog post for another day. ;) Anyway, when you are able to shoot in manual mode, you have more creative control over the images you create.
2. Back button focus
You don’t have to back button focus. Yes, you read that right! Back button focusing is not something that you have to do to become a great photographer; I even have some friends that still don’t do this and they’ve been in business for years. However, this has sugnifficntly helped me improve the way I shoot! When you back button focus, it is such a lifesaver! Imagine being able to select what is clear and crisp and what blurs around it. This is essentially what back button focusing does!
Let me break it down even further: When you do not back button focus, you’re using your shutter button to focus the image and them take the image. If you go too fast, it tends to not focus all the way and results in an unusable image. One you learn to back button focus, you get to choose what is in focus and the shutter button only captures the image. It’s like divide and conquer! :)
One step further: Look up your camera model online and find a guide to help you select the back button focus point or check out the user manual that came with your camera. Once you become confortable with changing the focus point, try changing it without looking! Use your fingers to feel out the buttons while looking thru the view finder.
3. Shoot with prime lenses
Prime lenses are lenses that DO NOT ZOOM! You select a certain focal length and move your feet! Many people are intimidated by this at first, but one way to practice the effect is to put the kit lens on your camera and don’t zoom in and out. Prime lenses are AMAZING for portraits and creating super crisp shots!
If you’re just starting out and you are on a super tight budget, I recommend purchasing the 50mm f/1.8. This lens would make an amazing Christmas gift too! If you’re new to prime lenses, start slow and take your time! Don’t shoot too quickly and you will love the result of beautifully crisp images! My first prime lens was a 50mm f/1.8 and I loved that thing to death! I still shoot with a 50mm but I did upgrade to the f/1.2! Its still my favorite lens and it hardly ever comes off of my camera!