Good Photography Habits to Infuse in 2016
Good photography habits are difficult to infuse in once’s photography, as compared to making bad habits. Whether it’s the way in by which you always approach a subject or a camera setting you always forget to check, a habit can be irritating and have an impact on the enjoyment you get from taking photos. Let’s put a permanent stop to all those habits.
Below are the few practices that i used to follow, but now with the beginning of 2016 i have decided to put an end to all these practices.
Click First & Fix Later
With the introduction of cutting edge software’s for image enhancements, it is becoming very difficult to portrait the original image taking capabilities. Why do we need those software? Why not take the perfect image in the start? Why not to get more understanding of your camera and it’s capabilities. I am not a very staunch supporter of imagining software until one is needed to purposely induce the artificial effect which are needed by someone. Most of the photographers i know and my self (Being Honest) believed in clicking the images in “Raw Format” and then getting the images modified by an imaging software which at times is needed, but should not be a mandate. Most of times photographers shooting “Raw Images” automatically become so much habitual in modifying original images which in the longer run takes the entire originality in their work for a toss.
Experiment a little with Shutter Speed
We all started with auto mode in our camera’s and there is no shame in admitting it. No one is born perfect, you always have to strive to become one. This year i would be experimenting a lot with the “Manual Mode“, especially with the shutter speed. Be honest, how many times have you pressed the shutter with a touch of ‘I’m sure it’ll be fine’ in mind? And how many times you have you ditched soft photos where the shutter speed clearly wasn’t fast enough when you took the shot?
Clearly, there’s no harm in experimenting with slower shutter speeds. What’s is the worst that can happen? You lose the odd frame here and there?
Start Cleaning Your Camera
No rocket science, it’s plain simple logic. Dirty camera leads you to dirty images and vice versa. Make sure to clean you camera after every photo shoot, especially the one which you are doing outdoors. You wont even believe that a minute particle on your lens can hamper your image to a great extent. A few minutes spent cleaning your camera sensor can prevent hours cloning dust spots from your photos. You can find a lot of cleaning kit’s that too in affordable price on Amazon. And on top pf it, if you don’t keep your camera and lenses in tip-top condition, you reduce their value when it comes to trading them in or selling them on the secondhand market which you will always do when you upgrade.
Do Not Blame the Camera For Poor Results
I hate this and when ever i get to hear any comments regarding the images which are not as per expectations, especially the beginners with DSLR blaming the equipment, i go bonkers. I do not know where i read or saw this, but “Every monkey with a DSLR thinks he is a photographer”. Getting to know your equipment is the first thing that anyone should learn before starting photography. Who, at some point, hasn’t blamed their camera gear for not delivering the results – or used it as an excuse for not taking a shot? Although there are some areas of photography that can benefit from specialist tools – such as long lenses for wildlife photography or close-up kit for macro pictures – that doesn’t mean you can’t think outside the box and try an alternative approach.
Regular Backup of Your Pictures
Please please please do this. I literally gad to spend a fortune to recover my image bank of 10 GB when my laptop’s hard disk crashed. the images were so important that spending a fortune was OK, But could have i avoided this? Yes by having a backup of the image bank that i had. But you only learn when you fall and i took a fall, pretty bad one. Now i keep my entire image bank in my laptop along with the an external hard disk. If you are looking at making photography as a hobby or career i would advise you to get a data drive especially for this. Some of the data disk companies offer data recovery for free, do not think to try them, purchase the product. To ensure that your photos aren’t lost forever, back them up regularly. And then do it again. And again. Three back-ups of your photo collection, each of which uses a different type of storage in a different location, is the best form or security
It might seem like overkill, but your future self will thank you!