15 ways to improve your photography without buying new gear

    | Photography Tips | 03/05/2014 00:01am
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    15 ways to improve your photography without buying new gear

    13. Shoot JPEGs rather than RAW files

    It’s easy to treat RAW files as a safety net, allowing you to apply exposure compensation, change the white balance or opt for a different Picture Style after taking the shot.

    Shoot JPEGs though, and there’s less room for error. You can of course correct a JPEG’s brightness and colours later in photo software, but it takes longer and the end result won’t be as high quality as if you were starting with a RAW file.

    Select JPEG in-camera and you’ll find yourself paying closer attention to the histogram and considering the lighting and mood you want to create before setting the white balance, choosing a Picture Style or applying a Creative Filter.

    14. Use a small capacity memory card

    By keeping a small capacity card — or a larger capacity card, which is half full — in your camera, you’ll be forced to be more selective when it comes to pressing the shutter release.

    Without the freedom to ‘spray and pray’ or to make countless in-camera duplicates, you’ll soon start making each frame count.

    15. Shoot in Live View mode

    When you take pictures using the viewfinder, you feel more intimately involved with the picture-taking process.

    Use Live View however, and you can, literally, take a step back and see the image in a more detached way.

    The larger picture displayed on your camera’s Live View screen can give you a better feel for the size of the subject in relation to the rest of the frame (not all viewfinders show 100% of the image), makes it easier to spot distractions and precisely set both the focus and exposure.

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