Great photographers are always learning, and in photography, there is definitely a lifetime of opportunity for honing and continually improving our skills. Here are 5 basic tips to help you capture better images in the field regardless if you are using a Point-and-Shoot camera or Digital SLR.
1. Slow Down Too often we rush the process of capturing an image whether it's the excitement of the moment, pressing plans in the near future or the desire to get the shot and move on.
2. Think You're Close? Get Closer If you think your close to your subject, get closer. Try focusing in on the subject at hand and remove any distracting elements from the scene. Viewers want to see the details of the image which so often get lost in an image with too many elements. Choose the most important elements of your scene, compose your shot and then zoom-in or move closer to get a more personal and intimate perspective.
3. Steady Your Shot If you have a camera or lens which has an image stabilization feature you already know it helps to avoid blurry images from "camera shake", however that may not be enough. When photographing landscapes or cityscapes, use a tripod whenever possible, even if highly inconvenient to do so. Your compositions will improve, you will be able to use slow shutter speeds and will increase your chances of getting a shot you will be proud of for years to come.
4. Use Sunglasses A Polarizing Filter is essentially sunglasses for your camera. By using a polarizing filter, your images will have significantly improved color and contrast which cannot be replicated in post processing (i.e. Lightroom). Similar to sunglasses, polarizing filters can darken a hazy blue sky and minimize or remove reflections in lakes, rivers and streams. A must have tool in any photographers bag.
5. Get Down Change your perspective and try different shooting angles. You'd be surprised how getting low to the ground can dramatically change the way a scene appears through your viewfinder. Next time you're out shooting, try laying on the ground, but make sure to check the ground first for unwanted surprises just in case. If you don't, you may end up bringing home more than just a great image.