15 ways to improve your photography without buying new gear

15 ways to improve your photography without buying new gear

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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