I think we have the only seven-week-old baby who can look at the camera on cue…! Mark has seen me so often with the Nikon that he probably thinks I have a lens glued to my eye, like some kind of mommy-cyborg.
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I never truly caught the online shopping bug. In fact, the only times I get up from the couch to go get my credit card in my wallet are to buy Threadless t-shirts (because they are unique) and books on Amazon (because they are much cheaper than at Chapters).
And photo products.
When I first got into photography, I had no clue what I was doing. I didn’t read any book, didn’t take any classes. I simply listened to my instinct, trying to capture moments, more or less successfully. Most of what I learned was by trial and error. I trained with a small Kodak Easyshare and eventually allowed myself to graduate to a DSLR when photography became a true passion.
In this 10 Photography Tips series, I tried my best to give you some insight on various aspects of photography. I wanted to close this series with five final tips for photographers. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something!
Are you one of these photographers who take hundreds of pictures, glance at them on the camera screen view, upload them to a computer and forget them there?
Well, stop doing that or your camera will get really mad at you and never take good pictures again.
Some days, I pick up my camera and I simply don’t know what to take a picture of. Seriously, how many pictures of Parliament Hill can I take before being completely sick of it? Some days, I simply have zero inspiration. Fortunately, I discovered some great websites to develop and build on my photography skills.
When I first started blogging 5 years ago, I was more of a writer than a photographer. Most of my posts were text-only and I didn’t even have a profile picture.
And then came magazine-style blog themes, with thumbnails pictures. They quickly became popular and enabled a lot of bloggers to add pictures easily to their posts.
Alright, let’s be honest: yes, I edit all my pictures. Doesn’t mean I do much though. First, my editing skills aren’t that developed, second, I like my pictures to look natural. Indeed, photo editing is an art in itself and plenty of photographers spent hours developing new techniques or following processing fads.
When I got into photography, very little made me happy. Basically, as long as you could recognize what was portrayed, I was fine. Blurry? Meh. You can kind of see people’s faces, right? Oh, and this tiny black spot in the foreground —yes, that’s the beautiful insect I was telling you about! Look at this building… why would I straighten it? You can tilt your head, right?
You heard me complaining about Canada’s extreme weather more than once, but to be honest, I enjoy it. First, you never get bored; second, it offers some great photography opportunities. Stormy skies, snowy mornings and rainy days are a chance to get some great shots. Yes, staying in is tempting as well… but you can always have your hot chocolate when you get back home!
A few years ago, concert photography was pretty much off-limits for amateur photographer—unless you knew the band. Nowadays, it seems that most venues gave up on banning cameras.
The last few years, I was able to get in with my DSLR and a couple of lenses. Suits me. It allowed me to experiment with concert photography.
One day, a couple of years ago, I was browsing through my pictures and I realized I rarely shoot people. In a way, landscape photography is easier for a beginning photographer, since you can take picture freely (unless you are into airports and military bases!) and aren’t in a rush. On the other side, taking pictures of people, especially strangers, is slightly more difficult: you have to capture a moment, risk being seen and — gasp! — you may even have to talk to people.
London, Paris, Toronto, Ottawa, Nantes, Beijing, Buenos Aires… I love roaming around at night. It’s a chance to capture a different atmosphere, to show the other side of a city.
But taking good night pictures is challenging at first. Pictures can be too dark, too bright, hopelessly blurry… Been there, done that!
So here are my five tips to take better night photo.
Digital cameras are now widespread and the price of both DSLR and compact camera went down quite a lot. Pretty much everyone has some kind of camera these days, whether it’s a small camera phone or a high end DSLR. But few people realize that it’s not that much about the camera – it’s about the photographer’s eye.