Digital photography can be an addicting hobby. The mount offers instant feedback that you don't get with film (unless you're shooting a Polaroid), and the large memory cards let you experiment with angles and lighting at If you have leveled newbie and you're looking for new ideas to help improve your shooting experience, check out these tips for inspiration.you have some that you want to share, feel free to add them to the comments section.
1. Film in Raw
Most digital cameras are configured to capture ready-to-use JPG files. This is very convenient, as it allows you to quickly share files with your friends and family, without the need for post-processing. But you are giving up a lot of control by not shooting Raw, which is an unprocessed file that contains the image as the camera sensor captured it. A Raw file allows you to modify colors, exposure, black levels, sharpness and other attributes with much more flexibility than an already compressed JPG. You will need software to work with raw images. Your camera may have a bundled solution, but a dedicated program like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC or Phase One Capture One Pro will provide more tools and better results.
2. Consider off-camera lighting
You may have already added a dedicated flash to your camera to avoid harsh light created by the in-camera flash Photo. But if you really want to experience flash photography, moving the flash away from the camera is essential. It's easier than ever to take advantage of it: Brands like Godox offer affordable wireless flashes with automatic TTL metering for all popular systems, and you can boost and spend more on Profoto lighting to meet the demands of a userregular professional ion.
Portrait lit with off-camera single-light (Photo: Jim Fisher)
There are many different choices for off-camera lighting. You can opt for a portable battery powered flash that can also be used on the camera, or opt for more powerful studio lights. The portrait above was taken using a single Elinchrom monoblock lamp with a reflector for a striking and contrasting look. But you can use different lighting modifiers like a softbox or an umbrella for a softer and more uniform light. And if you are working outdoors,a portable reflector for filling in shadows is a useful tool, although you will need an assistant to hold and position it.
3. Try different lenses
Lensbaby Composer Pro looks different from other lenses (Photo: Jim Fisher)
Chances are you've already moved away from the 18-55mm kit lens, opting for a higher quality zoom or fast prime lens. But if you get stuck in a creative rut or if you just want to experiment with new types of photography, a specialized lens can really turn outrer useful. Yo You can go for a super sharp macro lens that can focus up close and fill your frame with small objects. You can go in the opposite direction and take a Lensbaby , a creative lens system that lets you adjust the focus plane, creating photos that have a sharp point of focus that gives way to a soft, swirling and dreamlike.
If you have a mirrorless camera, your choices are even wider. There are many lens adapters available that allow virtually any lens to be mounted on these cameras for use in manual focus mode. More interesting options include CCTV lenses, which are generally very fast, but produce images with extremely soft corners, Russian rangefinder lenses like the'Industar-69 and the lenses of toy cameras like the Holga.
Use adapters to try out classic lenses on new digital cameras (Photo: Jim Fisher)
Check out How to use vintage lenses on cameras mirrorless photo for more ideas. If you want to try a lens before you buy, you can rent it online using BorrowLenses or Lensrentals .
4. Keep your sensor clean
If you are the type to change lenses in the field, chances are you have dust on your image sensor. This is often invisible at wider apertures, but if you take a photo at f / 5.6 or sma lle these spots can distract from your photo. A simple blower, like the Giottos Rocker Air Blaster, is a simple (and fancy) tool for dusting. For more persistent stains, consider a Visible Dust and Lenspen or, if you are not comfortable doing it yourself, professional cleaning is bet.
5. Replace your strap
If you're going to be shooting a lot you should be comfortable. If you are carrying your SLR or mirrorless camera on the strap. neck provided in the box, don't. There are dozens of third-party options, many of which are more comfortable and practical. My current favorite is Peak Design Slide Lite , a good fit for mirrorless cameras and full frame SLRs.
Peak Design Slide Lite
Webbing straps, like those from BlackRapid , are often used by event photographers who wear multiple bodies with heavy lenses attached. fine if you also have a telephoto lens with its own tripod collar. I always take one when using a big zoom.
You can also go the classic route with a big one, fabric strap - easily available through Etsy shops, or go for a hipster complete with a craftsman, handcrafted leather strap like those made in Brooklyn by Tap & Dye .
6. Invest in assistance
A camera strap is important for handheld photography, but you'll also want to adda quality tripod. It is a valuable tool for taking landscape and long exposure images, or exploring beyond our world with astrophotography.
Peak Design Travel Tripod (Photo: Jim Fisher)
You'll spend a bit more for a set of quality carbon fiber legs and a good ball head, but you'll find they outlast your camera. We don't review a lot of tripods, but like the Tripod Peak Design Travel Bag for its extra-small folded form factor. Trusted brands like Gitzo-Manfrotto, MeFoto and Sirui are also safe bets.
If you choose a tripod with an Arca-Swiss compatible head, and I recommend it, you can make your life easier. by adding a compatible baseplate to your camera. I keep a Really Right Stuff Baseplate on my full frame mirrorless so it's always tripod-ready, without having to mess with the quick-release plates.
Gimbals stabilize portable video (Photo: Jim Fisher)
Today 's digital cameras not only capture high quality still images, they are also high performance video cameras, and you can share video clips on your Instagram feed with the same ease as you. make pictures. Some stories are best told with a photo, but others require a bit of movement and sound. This is a different skill set and worth learning.
If you're more interested in video tools, check out our favorite cameras and accessories for start with vlogging , and consider adding a gimbal for smooth portable Steadicam video.
You don 't have to take pictures when you are standing on flat ground. Adding a drone to your toolkit allows you to take photos from perspectives that you would never have been able to get otherwise. Most drones can capture 4K video and video clips. images in Raw format, and current models can fly safely (assuming you follow the rules ). Discover our top picks in category.
It's easy to share your photos online or display them on a digital photo frame, but if you take a photo that you really like, must be printed . You can print at home on an inkjet, but for the best results you'll want to use a dedicated printing service. Many of our printing services Photo Favorites offer fun ways to display your work, including canvas prints, llic paper, and real black and white photo paper for a classic look. You can also opt for a personalized photo book, an update to the classic family album with your photos printed right on the pages.
If you're enthusiastic about your photos, you might be anxious to buy a new camera. There are plenty of reasons to upgrade, but you don't always need to have the latest camera to take good photos. If you're using an entry-level SLR or mirrorless model, you'd better upgrade to a higher class body rather than a higher resolution camera of the same class. Semi-professional cameras offer clearer viewfinders, more physical controls, better autofocus, and more rugged construction.
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