Pro Tips to Level Up Your Photography Skills

In modern day, the accessibility of DSLR cameras has made photography one of the most popular hobbies that often become a very well paid gig. Most people probably never had the chance to use manual cameras in the past that required great technical knowledge.

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Today, everybody wants a piece of photography art in their lives in order to brighten up their memories and moments. However, having a DSLR camera requires more knowledge than just setting your camera to Automatic mode. These are the basics you will need to master if you want to make the best of your DSLR.

Master Your Focus Technique

One of the most relevant skills you’ll need to master is focus. In digital world, you can mostly rely that your modern camera will use AF and central focus point and produce sharp image most of the time, but for developing a real skill in controlling what you want focused you will need a deeper understanding what your camera can offer.

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For this you’ll need to use one of the many options you camera offers, besides automatic focus that focuses only object in the center of the frame. Setting your camera to single point autofocus mode will allow you to target the object you want to focus.

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Besides single point mode, one of the most useful things you can master in order to make your photography more complex and creative is manual focus. Manual focus is the best option for macro photography because many cameras have some problems with focusing very close objects.

Don’t Forget the Importance of White Balance

As a photographer, you probably already know that the light can be your biggest ally, as well as your biggest enemy. In order to understand the role of light in your images, you need to have at least a dozen unexplainably bad photographs.

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This is where your usual Automatic white balance does not do its job well enough and you’ll need to choose the right one from the manual settings. The light conditions are the ones that determine the color levels in your images. Depending on your conditions you can choose one of the manual preset values such as incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, open shade, sunny etc.

Give It Time to Learn How to Control Exposure

There’s another light-related setting you will need to learn in order to ensure that your photography skills aren’t just based on automatic setting – exposure.

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Exposure is, actually, the amount of light you allow to get to your sensor. It controls how much light your conditions and object require, and what would you like to accomplish. Deciding whether to increase or decrease your shutter speed and aperture level manually, is the main thing you want to try out and learn in practice so you can sense the importance of exposure.

Most modern cameras automatically determine the correct exposure at the time of taking a photograph by using a built-in light meter. Using exposure compensation with your automatic exposure setting can do wonders in correcting your overexposed object, as well as increasing the light quantity in underexposed scenes.

Composition is Art

Mastering our technical skills is actually, the easiest part of it all. Having the skill to recognize the right composition often comes with practice, but mostly, the biggest photography gurus were born with this gift. Luckily, nowadays we have numerous rules and theories about what makes the perfect composition.You can easily educate yourself in order to understand that placing the object in the center of the frame is never the best choice.

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Before educating yourself with rules and theories, try and play with your composition. Move your object off-center, imagine the invisible lines that divide your frame into thirds and try out placing your object in different angles. You will surely notice the difference in beauty of your scene, and then want to learn and try even more until you master this artistic sense for perfect composition.


Take it one step at the time, try out many options and don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Unlike manual cameras, your DSLR allows a mistake or two. And when you have these basics sorted out it’s time to upgrade your camera with more professional gear like canon digital cameras. Your gadgets must follow your skills, and together you can master the art of photography and enrich your memories and moments.

Guest post contributed by Ian Pearson. Aside from primary area of interest and expertise in business consulting, Ian could be tagged also as a passionate sports fan, nature and photography enthusiast, always trying to keep up to date with tech innovations and development, with particular interest in trying to master the fine art of Social intelligence. Join Ian at  Twitter.