194 best professional photography tips from working photographers

168. Try the multiple exposure mode

Image: Charlie Waite

Image: Charlie Waite

Experiment with the possibilities produced by blending two or more frames in-camera.

169. Zip up your bag properly

This might seem like a mundane and obvious point, but you should always ensure that you do this if you stop along the road to quickly grab a photo. Failing to close your bag fully could result in disaster when you get back home and take it from your backseat.

170. Keep your camera with you

The fastest way to ensure you miss photo opportunities is to leave your camera at home – so don’t do it! 

171. Use a lens hood 

Many people prefer to ignore these in favour of UV filters or a lens cap, but a lens hood provides an excellent means of protecting your lens from many dangers without sacrificing image quality. 

172. Shoot with others

Photographers can be extremely private about what they do and are protective of their knowledge and ideas, but teaming up with another photographer to go out on a shoot will enable you to learn new ideas.

173. Charge a spare battery

Avoid missing shooting opportunities unnecessarily by always carrying a spare,
fully charged battery with you. This means that the chances of lack of power preventing you from snapping are greatly reduced. 

174. Make notes

Whether you choose to do this via your smartphone or opt for the traditional pen and paper method, it’s always worth noting down information about lighting or locations that can be used on future shoots.

175. Carry a chamois leather 

This can be used to protect your camera in the event of rain or to cover the viewfinder during long exposures. They fold easily and so fit neatly into any bag, so there’s no reason not to have one with you. 

176. Don’t rely on mono 

Image: Mark Bauer

Image: Mark Bauer

Black and white photography shouldn’t be treated as a means of rescuing failed colour exposures. You’ll rarely achieve mono masterpieces by accident. 

177. Customise your camera 

Always take the time to explore your camera’s menu and take advantage of the ability that modern cameras offer to customise buttons, modes and dials. 

178. Work with local wildlife

Don’t ignore the possibilities offered by photographing birds and other animals in your back garden or local park. It’s tempting to assume that only exotic species will impress competition judges, but because of this assumption, local species are often under-represented. 

179. Research your subject

Photography is a technical field, and an artistic one too, but both are immaterial if you don’t have a sound knowledge or passion for your subject matter. Your images will be all the better for it. 

180. Experiment with different styles

If there’s a type of photography or a particular look that appeals to you, try it; don’t just stay within your comfort zone. This will help you to improve all aspects of your photography. 

181. Don’t review every frame

Image: Adrian Mueller

Image: Adrian Mueller

As you shoot, there’s really no need to keep looking at the back of the camera after every press of the shutter button. It only serves to slow you down and you will miss a great shot sooner or later.

182. Use fill flash correctly

The chief secret behind successful fill flash is to ensure it doesn’t appear to be the dominant light source. Provided it’s used only to lift shadow areas slightly, you’ll be fine. 

183. Support your stand

Image: Tina Eisen

Image: Tina Eisen

When using flash off-camera and employing flash stands, it’s wise to use supports to ensure the stand doesn’t topple, especially in windy conditions. 

184. Print your work 

For many digital photographers, this has become somewhat lost amidst the focus on social media and online galleries. But printing your work is very satisfying and results in a tangible end product that you and others can enjoy. 

185. Keep it simple

There’s no need to overcomplicate things when it comes to off-camera flash. One key light, and perhaps a second flash as a hair or kicker light, is often all that’s required. 

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