Some basic photography tips:
1. Shoot first, figure out what to do with your photos afterwards
When you’re walking around, shoot anything and everything which interests you.
Then later (when you get home) figure out what you want to do with the photo:
- To share the photo on social media or your own website/blog
- Whether to add the photo to your portfolio, or to a certain collection of photos
- Whether to pursue a photo project related to that photo
- Whether to print the photo or not
- Whether to delete the photo, or simply let it die on your hard drive.
2. Use Lightroom CC
I’ve been using Lightroom for nearly a decade, and the new CC version is great. It’s 100x quicker than the classic version, and the new presets look fantastic.
If you want to expedite your workflow, I highly recommend the new Lightroom CC for desktop.
3. Tilt your camera while you’re shooting photos
Super straight and symmetrical photos are boring. Switch it up by tilting your camera (Dutch angle, which is far more dynamic from a compositional perspective).
4. Black and white film simulation JPEG
One of the most fun challenges in digital photography is to shoot black and white JPEG (film simulation). Why? Once you shoot something in black and white jpeg, you cannot switch it back into color! This forces you to see the world in monochrome. And seeing the world differently is to see the world more artistically and creatively.
5. Photograph textures
I like to photograph colors, textures, and grit– it is like my Jackson Pollock/Piet Mondrian, Franz Kline abstract art.
6. Juicy colors
Shoot colors that look good to you! All photos shot on RICOH GR II, jpeg, positive film preset.
As a tip, use a flash to further saturate colors to make them even juicier!
7. Photograph strangers
Let us not think about the definition of “street photography”. Better instead for us to photograph strangers who interest us!
There is no good/bad in photography, no right/wrong, and no ultimate “truth” in photography.
Make photos to express your gratitude towards life. Make photos to express yourself. Make photos to make your own artwork.
And above all, no rules in photography–only tips and suggestions.