How to take good photos: 10 simple ways to boost your hit rate

How to take good photos: 10 simple ways to boost your hit rate

Tired of deleting more photos than you keep? Hit your image target every time with our sure-fire guide to how to take good photos and get it right in-camera.

How to take good photos: 10 simple ways to boost your hit rate

Now that the days are getting longer, the photography ‘season’ is just about upon us. So now’s the time to dust off your camera, clean your lenses and sensors, head outdoors and get back to doing what inspires you – taking great pictures.

We’re not talking about going out and recording enough average images to fill a hard-drive that you’ll ‘sort out’ later in Photoshop.

We mean taking pictures that don’t require you to chain yourself to your computer to fix something that could have – and should have – been resolved before the shutter release was even pressed. We’re talking about knowing how to take good photos instinctively.

We are all guilty at one time or another of cutting the odd corner when we’re out shooting, knowing that something can be ‘fixed’ when we’re back at our computer.

But do you really want to spend spring in front of a monitor screen when you could be out taking more photographs instead?

In this tutorial we’ll share our top ten photography ‘must-dos’ that are guaranteed to help you learn how to take good photos instinctively. You’ll learn how to produce better shots in-camera and, most important of all, reduce the time you spend pushing pixels around in Photoshop!

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How to take good photos: 01 Think about your shots

How to take good photos: 01 Think about your shots

Image by Gary McParland

Photography doesn’t start when you get your camera out of your kit bag or look through the viewfinder: the process begins when you ‘see’ a potential shot.

Whether that’s physically looking at a sweeping view in front of you or visualising an image in your head, this is the point when you should start asking yourself questions.

What has drawn you to this image? Why do you want to capture it? And what is it that you hope to achieve?

Thinking the image through before you even reach for your camera will help you decide which lens and focal length you need, the aperture and shutter speed to use and where you need to be to take the shot.

It’s all about imagining the picture you want, and then working back to determine what you have to do to realise that shot.

How to take good photos: 01 Think about your shots
How to take good photos: 02 Get composition spot-on every time
How to take good photos: 03 Ensure your basic camera functions are set correctly
How to take good photos: 04 Use aperture to control depth of field
How to take good photos: 05 Use shutter speeds for creative effect
How to take good photos: 06 Get the white balance right
How to take good photos: 07 Get your camera’s ISO settings right
How to take good photos: 08 Take control of focus
How to take good photos: 09 Assess your shots in-camera
How to take good photos: 10 Review and edit your images

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