Tips to improve your photographic results
I am planning on starting a new series on tips to improve your photographic results. My aim is to write one post a week on the subject – examining different approaches week by week. I will post on Sunday mornings New Zealand time which means for most readers it will come out on Saturdays.
If you want to stay in touch through this series feel free to click on any of the various follow links.
In this first post on the series I am going to tell you why I think I can do this series (do read on at this point – I think you will be surprised by my response). While it isn’t the prime reason for doing this series I must also confess to some self interest because I hope I will receive comments that will enable improvements in my photography.
How I came up with the idea for this series
I was thinking recently about the vast changes that have occurred in photography over the past few decades and what this has meant for:
- photographic technique
- skills required in the current photography world.
I was a fairly keen amateur photographer in the 1980s and early 1990s. At that time my focus (and the focus of photographic clubs locally) was on print and slide film.
After leaving the camera club circuit I maintained a less active interest in photography – with the main activity being to record various holidays. This was the time when I embarked on digital photographic.
Over the past year or two I have become much more interested in photography again.
It is this gap in a serious interest that has shown the transformational changes and their implications in photography over relatively recent times.
What are the transformational changes I have observed in photography?
Some key effects of the digital camera are:
- Ability to take lots of photos
- Ability to see the results as you take the photo – including interpreting tools such as histograms.
- Increasing sophistication of the tools available on modern cameras.
The above have certainly led to thinking about new skills and approaches in order to make the most of the opportunities. Point 1 is definitely a vexed issue – taking lost of photos doesn’t necessarily translate to enhanced skills – there will be more on this in subsequent posts.
However, for me the biggest change has been in the area of post processing. When I was taking photos on print and slide I had all the processing done at the lab. These days I feel ‘processing’ is much more accessible. For me, this has meant that I have been using lightroom for a while now and have recently started looking at photoshop. At this time I now feel some familiarity with lightroom but I don’t feel that way with photoshop currently. I will talk more about this in a future post.
There is a third broad area to mention even though it’s not purely photographic in nature. I am talking about social media and the vast role it has played in:
- being a tool for display and dissemination of images
- providing learning material to enhance your skills.
Areas this series will focus on
My main photographic interests are:
- nature/animals/natural history
- travel photography.
As a consequence this series will tend to revolve around the above.
I will discuss approaches and resources I have found useful to enhance skill levels and will also focus on specific skills from time to time. I may also throw in the odd competition so you can test out your skills in an area of focus and I will always be interested in your comments and images that illustrate the topic of interest.
I can’t leave a post about photography without including some photos so here you are: