5ive Tips: Photography


It’s already September? Time marches on doesn’t it. It is getting near Autumn time now. Christmas will be here before we know it. So, I am going to be talking about Photography. This post is specifically aimed at people starting out. Because not long ago, I was a novice. While I am far from a professional; I only recently started editing my photos, I know the basics you need to get into photography. So please join me as I share ‘5ive Tips’

1. Get a Camera

A bit of a nobrainer. If you’re going to get into photography, you’re going to need a camera. What camera you use is up to you. As long as it is a device that takes pictures, it’ll do. It certainly helps to have proper camera, but your phone one is likely to be just as good, and will likely have some basic photo editing software you can use to change various photos and make them more visually appealing. Even a disposable camera will do!

2. Test it out

If you want to take good photos, I advise you test out your camera in a controlled environment. When I get a new camera, I usually go into my back garden, and test out some of the features and whatnot, take a few pictures of flowers and then look at them. It’s good to do this not only to see what your camera is capable of, but also to get your hands around it. Find a comfortable way to hold the camera and keep it stable, as to avoid blur and make the pictures as good as possible.

3. Take your Camera out in the open

When you’ve gotten used to your camera and worked out how to use it, give it a whirl in the open. I usually take my camera when I am visiting a park, a museum, or a city. I do this so that I can get a mixture of different image situations, whether it be buildings, animals, artefacts (best turn off flash if you’re going to do that) and plants. I always try to take my camera to a variety of places to get a good mix of shots, and experiment…

4. Don’t go boring, go BOLD

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your camera. It’s all about trial and error. And you don’t know what the functions will do if you don’t try them out. It could be hit and miss, but when you find the things that work for you, then I bet you £5 that it will be worth. Also, go further. Try different angles and heights (get a better view by going up or crouching down, and close ups. Heck, go up close and personal with the object to get into the detail. But like I say, it’s all trial and error.

5. Listen to criticism

Show your pictures to people. Post them on social media, or print them. And most importantly, listen to what people have to say. I started taking photographs when I was 13, I am now 17. When I started, my pictures were just OK. You see, I am rather lucky, as I have a Grandad, and Uncle and a Father who all dabble in Photography. I post my picture, and we go through them. They tell me what they like and what they think could be better, and I listen. That’s how you do it.

Accompanying this post will be a slideshow of some of my pictures, so you can see how I developed my style. Thanks for reading. Now, get snapping

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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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