I think it is safe to say that photography is a big part of blogging, yet good cameras are far from cheap. Many people say investing in a DSLR camera is the best, and although I do agree with them to some extent, I don't think they are necessary. I thought I would share some of the things I think you should do to get the most out of your current camera, whether it be a big fancy DSLR or just your phone camera.
LEARN THE BASICS
Sounds pretty simple, but taking 10 minutes to study your cameras guide booklet is always a good thing to do. If you don't have the paper copy that comes with the product, why not Google it? You are bound to find something that will help you. Once you have read the guide, practice the functions and experiment with the new ones - see if you can find a new setting you love.
USE NATURAL LIGHT
Something I cannot stress enough is to use natural lighting. It is guaranteed to produce a better lit photo, and I personally find natural light improves the overall quality of the photo, getting rid of the graininess of artificial light. If it is hard or inconvenient for you to take photos in natural light, why not use stock photos?
SWITCH OFF FLASH
One of my biggest pet-peeves when looking at photography is seeing a massive white hole in a photo, obviously from a flash. Although flash can sometimes look good, more often than not I find that it ruins a photo by making it too bright and fake. Using natural light eliminates the need for flash on your camera, so why waste the opportunity?
LEARN THE LIMITATIONS
Although cameras are brilliant, they all have a point which they are at their limits. Obviously, phone cameras are a little more limited than DSLR's, but its a good idea to explore how far your camera can go, and push it to the limits. Playing round with the zooming features and the focus points are a good start. This can help you when you take your photos, so you can think about how is best to take the photo to fit in with your camera capabilities.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
You can only get better if you practice lots, especially when it comes to photography. Something I am doing at the moment is analysing each of my photos and asking myself questions like; Is this something I am proud of? Does this reflect my photography style and identity? This will help you develop and improve your own photography style and define your identity as a photographer.
Did these tips help you? Do you have any others? Comment down below!