7 New Year's resolutions every photographer should make With a new year around the corner you may be considering some ways to improve your life and career. For the photographers out there, from the occasional Instagrammer to professionals, here are some tried-and-true resolutions (pun intended)Â to break out of a creative rut or improve your skills in the coming year.
Move away from the center
Instagramâs emphasis on squares was big and something new for a lot of photographers. Now that Instagram supports both portrait and landscapes, itâs time to make better use of that space. The "rule of thirds" is a beautiful thing, and it means you donât need to drop whatever youâre focusing on directly into the middle of the frame. Use the space youâve been given and make your photos more dynamic.
A photo posted by Junny (@junnyrw) on Dec 23, 2015 at 7:17am PST
Forget your filters, embrace the sliders
Filters are a major part of Instagramâs popularity, but they make your shots look like everyone elseâs. Sliders are where you can really make a picture your own and avoid the heavy-handed filters that are Instagramâs mainstay.
This is a big stepping stone for the budding photographer. Whether youâre on a smartphone or a feature-laden DSLR, learning to control and adjust your exposure manually to the specifications you need is essential in growing creatively.
Avoid shooting in bad light...
Director Terrence Malick and Instagram users everywhere agree: that time around sunrise and sunset will give you the best light possible. Dubbed âthe magic hour,â the light available during those times is softer, warmer and put simply, makes everything look better.
A photo posted by Norten Menezes (@nortenmenezes) on Dec 22, 2015 at 8:10pm PST
. . . But break that rule every now and then
You can make good pictures when the sun is high in the sky. Midday light can produce dramatic shadows and interesting patterns.
A photo posted by Katayoun Afrooz (@katayoun_afrooz) on Dec 23, 2015 at 7:21am PST
Blow out that background
If your subject is extremely backlit (think of someone in front of a big bright window) you may be inclined to pop your flash to evenly expose your foreground and background. Instead, try just getting the exposure right for your subjectâs face in the natural light and letting the background get completely blown out. Itâs a great simple trick to make a clean, beautiful photo.
A photo posted by Lize van Wyk (@l.v.w_photography) on Dec 19, 2015 at 10:23pm PST
The technically perfect photo isnât always the best. An off-kilter composition, a little bit of motion blur or slightly askew colors can elevate your picture and add interesting elements you didnât know would work. Experimentation is the key to unlocking your personal vision.
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