7 QUICK TIPS FOR AMAZING PHOTOS

Jan 04 2015
If I have learnt anything about photography at all, it is only since I have started my blog. At the beginning, I took random shots that looked good only to me. But soon, I realized there is so much more to photography than just focussing and clicking. My photos started to get better as I started paying attention to details like lighting, composition, colors etc. I am still an amateur, but here are a few things I have learnt in the one year I have dabbled in photography:

Forget the flash, it hurts. The first thing is to turn off the flash, there are several other ways to overcome poor-lighting situations. But if you have to use it, here is a video tutorial that explains how to use flash effectively. Still, I would say avoid it.
Use the Rule-of-thirds for photo composition, but don’t follow it always. Most professionals swear by this composition rule and I love it too. But sometimes it is good to forget the rules and just have fun with your camera. Some of the best shots can be the ones you click spontaneously without putting much thought into them.
 
Natural light is the best, so get out in the sun. I know it is winter, and its hard to get good natural lighting. So whenever you get a little bit of sun, make the best of it and shoot photos in bulk for the rainy days.
White backgrounds are serene and beautiful, but add some color once in a while. I know white backdrops make the subjects pop and I am all for white backgrounds. But I have noticed that non-white backgrounds make the photos more interesting. Like the one above, I feel the black background adds some interest and mystery to the photo. What do you say?
Take 10, 20 or even 100 shots, to get that one perfect one – it is worth it. Never compromise on the quality of your photos, shoot until you get the shot that you want. It may require several trials and errors, but you will learn something new from each of those.
Get creative, move around, bend, sit, lean, look funny and take shots from all angles, ‘cuz everything has its good side. Sometimes you just won’t know the best angle for your subject unless you try different angles. So take your time, move around a bit to figure out the best angle for your shot.
 
If all fails, use VSCOCam filtersthey are awesome. If a photo does not come out as you expected, worry not. There are several editing apps and tools that can help you get the photo you want with just a few tweaks. You can check out my favorite photo – editors here & here.

Photography isn’t easy. It is hard. But the good news is it is possible for every one of us to become a good photographer. It only requires practice, practice and more practice. Keep at it, never get disheartened and give it your best. Soon you will be taking incredibly beautiful shots and that my friend, will give you so much content and happiness that will make all the hard work worth it.

What are your tips for better photos?

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  • I love how you wrote this post Chaitra! 🙂 Makes it a very interesting read! I agree on all your points its come naturally to me but I have been really enjoying taking pictures outdoor even if here in Bangalore it makes me swat like a pig lol! VSCO rules!

    I might have to give black background a go that picture above is very interesting! 🙂

    TheConscienceFund

    • Hey divya! Thank you so much! Right? I never myself expected anything other than a white background to work well for me. Now I feel like i can experiment more! xx

  • I love how you wrote this post Chaitra! 🙂 Makes it a very interesting read! I agree on all your points its come naturally to me but I have been really enjoying taking pictures outdoor even if here in Bangalore it makes me swat like a pig lol! VSCO rules!

    I might have to give black background a go that picture above is very interesting! 🙂

    TheConscienceFund

  • Great post Chaitra – I really feel like I need to improve my photography so I’m going to try to use these tips to get there – I’ll let you know how it goes! x

    • Thank you so much lovely! You are already so good, but yes there is no end to learning for all of us! 🙂 Definitely let me know what works for you xx

  • Great post Chaitra – I really feel like I need to improve my photography so I'm going to try to use these tips to get there – I'll let you know how it goes! x

  • Love this post! I always take my photos in bulk, especially as there isn’t a lot of natural light going round at the moment. I’ll definitely be taking these tips on board 🙂 x

    • Thank you Rhiannon! 🙂 Sure, let me knw how it goes! xx

  • Love this post! I always take my photos in bulk, especially as there isn't a lot of natural light going round at the moment. I'll definitely be taking these tips on board 🙂 x

  • Such great tips, your photography is always stunning!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • I love this, I really need to up my game but feel I have got a little better in the last month or so. It’s the winter light I hate, it’s either gloomy cause it’s raining or the suns already down! Thank you for the tips x

    Through New Eyes | Beauty Blog

    • Thats great to hear Tamsin! I will write a post soon to help with shooting in low light, hope that will be helpful! xx

  • Such great tips, your photography is always stunning!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • I love this, I really need to up my game but feel I have got a little better in the last month or so. It's the winter light I hate, it's either gloomy cause it's raining or the suns already down! Thank you for the tips x

    Through New Eyes | Beauty Blog

  • These are some really great tips! Taking more, and better quality, photos are one of my goals for 2015. Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

    lifeofannas.com

    • Hey Anna! Thank you so much, let me know what worked for you! 🙂 x

  • These are some really great tips! Taking more, and better quality, photos are one of my goals for 2015. Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

    lifeofannas.com

  • Great tips and since I already do this I am happy with my pictures.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin’ |

    • That is fantastic to hear Jackie! So glad you are happy with your photography! xx

  • Great tips and since I already do this I am happy with my pictures.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  • autumn

    Thanks for these amazing tips <3

  • autumn

    Thanks for these amazing tips <3

  • Neesha

    I need a good camera now to put all these into practice
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

    • Ha ha! 🙂 Get one for the new year Neesha! 😉 x

  • Neesha

    I need a good camera now to put all these into practice
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

  • Kelly Lelly

    I’ve just had a DSLR for chirstmas and these tips are really helpful!
    I’m so excited to getting to use it more…

    I definitely agree with the flash…NEVER FLASH!

    Kelly from | DayDreams & DaisyChains

    • Wow exciting. Which camera did you buy kelly? xo

  • Kelly Lelly

    I've just had a DSLR for chirstmas and these tips are really helpful!
    I'm so excited to getting to use it more…

    I definitely agree with the flash…NEVER FLASH!

    Kelly from | DayDreams & DaisyChains

  • Mary Lyndall

    I just bought a DSLR camera and these tips are great. I have found that the rule of thirds really brings depth and curiosity into my pictures.
    http://sweetheartsofthesouth.blogspot.com

    • Yup exactly, rule of thirds is really helpful Mary! xo

  • Mary Lyndall

    I just bought a DSLR camera and these tips are great. I have found that the rule of thirds really brings depth and curiosity into my pictures.
    http://sweetheartsofthesouth.blogspot.com

  • fab!

  • fab!

  • Loved the tips! I’m still learning and experimenting, so every tip and bit of knowledge is more than welcome. 🙂

    • Hi Carla! 🙂 ah thank you so much! Yup there is so much to learn out there, m constantly learning too! x

  • Loved the tips! I'm still learning and experimenting, so every tip and bit of knowledge is more than welcome. 🙂

  • Gemma Oxford

    That’s exactly how I feel about white backgrounds, I love them. But the black looks good for a professional look x

    Cream Tea And Rose Jam

    • 🙂 Yup it was the first time moving away from white background for me too, and i really like the look ! xo

  • Gemma Oxford

    That's exactly how I feel about white backgrounds, I love them. But the black looks good for a professional look x

    Cream Tea And Rose Jam

  • These are seriously great tips and it’s great to be reminded of them. Thanks for posting! <3

    • 🙂 Welcome lovely, hope they helped! x

  • These are seriously great tips and it's great to be reminded of them. Thanks for posting! <3

  • Sana-AGirlsFancies

    I love the black backdrop!

  • Sana-AGirlsFancies

    I love the black backdrop!

  • Thank you for the tips! My photos are veerrryyy slowly improving! I use an ipad to take photos because the quality is brill but it means a lot of editing to get all the cool effects you would get from a camera! My greatest tip for improvement was lighting, it’s ridiculous how a well lit, bright day can transform your photos!

    sheepishlyshameful.blogspot.co.uk

    • I completely agree, lighting is the king! Ipad can produce such great quality photos, i love my ipad too! xx

  • Sheepishly Charlotte

    Thank you for the tips! My photos are veerrryyy slowly improving! I use an ipad to take photos because the quality is brill but it means a lot of editing to get all the cool effects you would get from a camera! My greatest tip for improvement was lighting, it's ridiculous how a well lit, bright day can transform your photos!

    sheepishlyshameful.blogspot.co.uk

  • Abbie

    These are some great tips! I’m definitely looking at improving my blog photography so this will come in handy!x

    Abbie|Thoughtsandthunder

    • 🙂 So nice to hear that abbie! Good luck xo

  • Abbie

    These are some great tips! I'm definitely looking at improving my blog photography so this will come in handy!x

    Abbie|Thoughtsandthunder

  • Literally clicked on this post as soon as I saw it! I’m always looking for new photography tips. My friend taught me about the rule of thirds as well and it’s come in handy!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

    • Hi Jordan! Hope this post was useful , rule of thirds is amazing! xo

  • Rachel Bee

    Great tips here – I learnt the rule of thirds in uni – I should really use it more.

    Rach / illustrated-teacup.blogspot.co.uk

    • Oh you should Rachel 🙂 Thank you~ xx

  • Rachel Bee

    Great tips here – I learnt the rule of thirds in uni – I should really use it more.

    Rach / illustrated-teacup.blogspot.co.uk

  • Great tips! I love reading about photography, definitely need to learn more about the rule of thirds x

    • 🙂 Let me know how it goes carissa, thank you! x

  • Great tips! I love reading about photography, definitely need to learn more about the rule of thirds x

  • Hey divya! Thank you so much! Right? I never myself expected anything other than a white background to work well for me. Now I feel like i can experiment more! xx

  • Thank you so much lovely! You are already so good, but yes there is no end to learning for all of us! 🙂 Definitely let me know what works for you xx

  • Thank you maddy! 🙂 xo

  • Thank you Rhiannon! 🙂 Sure, let me knw how it goes! xx

  • Thats great to hear Tamsin! I will write a post soon to help with shooting in low light, hope that will be helpful! xx

  • Hey Anna! Thank you so much, let me know what worked for you! 🙂 x

  • That is fantastic to hear Jackie! So glad you are happy with your photography! xx

  • Welcome sweetie! xo

  • Ha ha! 🙂 Get one for the new year Neesha! 😉 x

  • Wow exciting. Which camera did you buy kelly? xo

  • Yup exactly, rule of thirds is really helpful Mary! xo

  • Glad u like it lovely! x

  • Hi Carla! 🙂 ah thank you so much! Yup there is so much to learn out there, m constantly learning too! x

  • Thank you Sana! xx

  • 🙂 Yup it was the first time moving away from white background for me too, and i really like the look ! xo

  • I completely agree, lighting is the king! Ipad can produce such great quality photos, i love my ipad too! xx

  • 🙂 So nice to hear that abbie! Good luck xo

  • Hi Jordan! Hope this post was useful , rule of thirds is amazing! xo

  • 🙂 Welcome lovely, hope they helped! x

  • Oh you should Rachel 🙂 Thank you~ xx

  • 🙂 Let me know how it goes carissa, thank you! x

  • Thanks for all the tips! It kind of drives me crazy when people use flash when it’s really not needed.

    blush and simplicity

    • 🙂 Ha ha ! I know, totally agree vicky! You are so welcome! xx

  • Thanks for all the tips! It kind of drives me crazy when people use flash when it's really not needed.

    blush and simplicity

  • This is great! I generally suck at taking photos, but would love to improve. Thank you so much for sharing! Your photos are beautiful! What camera do you use the most frequently for blogging?

    • Hey patricia! Thank you so much, I use a Canon 600D 🙂 I have some photography equipment posts in the photography section. xo

  • This is great! I generally suck at taking photos, but would love to improve. Thank you so much for sharing! Your photos are beautiful! What camera do you use the most frequently for blogging?

  • Stefanie Meier

    great tips, what camera are you using?

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

    • Thanks 🙂 I use Canon 600D xx

  • Stefanie Meier

    great tips, what camera are you using?

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

  • Great tips! I use a little point and shoot for most of my close up shots as I don’t have a macro lens for my DSLR. My current point and shoot is getting kinda old and I’ve seen cameras with far better macros, any suggestions as to a good point and shoot to upgrade to?

    Thanks!
    xo

    Miss Amelia Joy

    • Why dont u instead invest in a lens for your DSLR? The canon 50mm lens with f 1.8 is a great lens at a very affordable price. Does that sound good to you amelia? xx

  • Great tips! I use a little point and shoot for most of my close up shots as I don't have a macro lens for my DSLR. My current point and shoot is getting kinda old and I've seen cameras with far better macros, any suggestions as to a good point and shoot to upgrade to?

    Thanks!
    xo

    Miss Amelia Joy

  • Thanks 🙂 I use Canon 600D xx

  • Why dont u instead invest in a macro lens for your DSLR? The canon 50mm lens with f 1.8 is a great lens at a very affordable price. Does that sound good to you amelia? xx

  • The beauty and The brain

    Thanks, for such usefull tips. I’m gonna try it immediatly !

    • 🙂 Great, let me know how it goes! 🙂 xo

  • The beauty and The brain

    Thanks, for such usefull tips. I'm gonna try it immediatly !

  • What camera do you use?! Your photos look really good xxx

  • Jasmine Harding

    What camera do you use?! Your photos look really good xxx

  • I learnt straight away that flash is just the worst thing ever, makes me cringe when I see pictures that couldve been really good if I hadn’t used it!

    styleaked – Rayban giveaway

    • 🙂 I agree charlotte, flash is not the best thing in some situations ! 🙂

  • I learnt straight away that flash is just the worst thing ever, makes me cringe when I see pictures that couldve been really good if I hadn't used it!

    styleaked – Rayban giveaway

  • 🙂 Great, let me know how it goes! 🙂 xo

  • Hey jasmine! I use the canon 600D, thank you so much! <3 xo

  • 🙂 I agree charlotte, flash is not the best thing in some situations ! 🙂

  • Jasmine Harding

    Thank you 🙂 xx

  • Love this tip, thanks for sharing x

    http://leannewinters.blogspot.co.uk

  • Love this tip, thanks for sharing x

    http://leannewinters.blogspot.co.uk

  • Love your tips! I completely agree on the background: I love photos with a white one but sometimes something different just makes them more special! The filters are awesome too, I usually use them from IG photos only but they're so amazing 😉 xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  • Great tips! Definitely agree with taking a bazillion shots. and Natural light is great, although it's hard in the peak of the afternoon where the sun casts shadows o_o

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • Thanks leanne 🙂

  • Hi gyudy, been a long time. How are you? I know, I love the filters on VSCO Cam too! xo

  • 🙂 Yup i agree, i dont like very sunny days for photos. Slight overcast days are brilliant for photos. Thanks sheri! xo

  • Everything's fine, thank you, and you? I've been so busy it's been hard to comment as much as I like to, but as soon as I can I make sure to have a read! 🙂 xx

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