My Photography Tips & Tricks

Recently I have been falling back in love with photography and about 3 or 4 days ago I added the Canon 55oD to my blogging equipment. I have been looking for a camera forever especially after my phone started to die on me and this seemed like the perfect started camera.

So after playing around with it and getting a few shots I thought I would put together a little guide post for how I take my own photos, editing and how to found photo inspiration.

CANON 550D (LENS 18-55MM) EDITED USING POLARR

FINDING INSPIRATION

Inspiration is one of the hardest parts of photography for me. I always struggle to get motivated if I have no idea what I want to photograph that day. Sometimes it is a case of just going out and seeing what strikes an idea and other times it is a bit more tricky.

These photos were very in the moment and were just things that caught my eye and other times I look for inspiration. Instagram, goggle and other bloggers are a great way to get inspired. Obviously don’t copy other peoples work but use it to inspire you. Think about how they captured the shot, the way they use light and also colour schemes.

If it is a certain season you might want to make the photo appropriate to that. Crisp oranges and reds for autumn and bright blues and colours for summer.

CANON 550D (LENS 18-55MM) EDITED USING POLARR

EQUIPMENT

In terms of equipment you don’t need a fancy camera and can get great results with just a phone. Before I had a camera I used my 6s and loved the way the pictures turned out. But I have to admit I find using a camera way easier for the sort of pictures I like to take. Camera prices range from all sorts of prices but look around before spending a huge fortune on one camera. I think I ended up getting my Canon for 3170 including a 18-55mm lens.

EDITING

ORIGINAL

EDITED

I use an app called Polarr for my editing and you can get it on your phone or laptop. I usually only lightly edited my pictures depending on how the original came out.

My steps are usually-

1) Curves- (This really helps to make the photo a lot brighter/darker but also balance out the tones of a photo.)

2) Brighten

3) Saturation (Never over saturate as it can wash out the image and make it look a little bit strange)

4) Contrast

5) Crop

ORIGINAL

EDITED

 

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