7 Tips That Will Greatly Improve Your Photos

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We all have a phone these days that takes photos. And even though everything is pretty automated, it’s still frustrating when you can’t seem to shoot a good image even with all that technology. So, how do you improve your photos?

Stop relying on tech to do all the work. Yes, all those fancy filters work wonders but if the basic shot is bad, there’s nothing you can do to fix it.

A lot of the basic issues people run into are lighting and framing. These aren’t things that a camera phone can magically fix, and they’re not traits that some people magically possess. Those are skills that can be taught, and they’re super easy to learn.’

The Basics

How do you shoot interesting pictures? According to Exposure Guide, these are some of their favorite tips that will help you improve your photography.

  1. Use the Rule of Thirds.
    That is, imagine four lines, two lying horizontally across the image and two vertical creating nine even squares. Some images will look best with the focal point in the center square, but placing the subject off-center at one of the intersecting points of the imaginary lines will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph.
  2. Avoid Camera Shake.
  3. Learn to Use the Exposure Triangle.
    Auto mode takes care of this, but you might find better luck by doing it yourself.
  4. Use a Polarizing Filter.
  5. Create a Sense of Depth.
  6. Use Simple Backgrounds.
  7. Don’t Use Flash Indoors.

Video Tutorial

Below is a video that focuses on the basics. And, yes, the video features a regular old-school camera. But that’s fine. The point is that the lessons learned here are the kinds of things that you can use to greatly improve your photos, whether you’re shooting with an old disposable point-and-click, a fancy modern camera, or a basic iPhone.

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Source: Exposure Guide