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A few simple photography tips

Tue Jun 18, 2013, 7:32 PM
Thought Id share a few simple yet effective photography tips for the creative photographer. :)



Macro done easy


Set your lens to its closest focusing range and move physically towards the subject until it is sharp.
If you are using longer lenses it really helps to lay down and hold the camera and lens almost like you are shooting a gun, and remember your breathing when shooting.
This is also a great technique for bokeh shots, with a 50 mm at its closest focusing range and background further away you will blow the background to bits.


Don´t be stationary

It is very easy to put down a tripod and just stand on the same spot shooting, instead try moving around a bi, experiment with angles, left, right, high, low until you hit that perfect angle for the scene. :)


Slow the shutter

You don´t always need a ND filter to block out light to get even slower shutter speed, you can either use this technique with your hand or better with a cardboard (black if you got colored one).
Wave your hand or cardboard slowly back and forth in front of the lens to block light while shooting, this only works if you already have a shutterspeed of 1 second or more.


Cheapest flash ever :)

Super simple, take a mirror and reflect any lightsource to your subject.
If you are into macro photography a pocket mirror will work wonders for you if you cannot afford flash setup for macro photography (sunlight ftw).

Hope these small tip helps.

Have a superb day. :)

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:iconbobwoolmer:
BobWoolmer Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Your articles are very well written and unique.Heather Anne
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :bow:
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Pioi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Thank you so much for the macro tips !! :)
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
very welcome. :)
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SharkHarrington Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Photographer
Good advice; you have provided a public service to all who take the time to read this journal. :salute:
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the tips. I have some fabric reflective tap I might glue to one side of a steel pocket mirror. That way I could have a direct and dispersed surfaces to experiment with.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
My pleasure. :)
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Rose-Eclipse Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the great and helpful tips thanks
I'm stuck with a cheap 8 year old Digital Dinosaur thing which really sucks with it's low 5.0 mega pixels.
So any tips help i already used one today so thanks again.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Glad you found this helpful :)
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:iconbesoden:
besoden Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only I can get my hands on my dad's Nikon... xD
These sound like great tips :3
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
You might just use that Nikon when he isnt around :D
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:iconbesoden:
besoden Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I would fufufu xD
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D
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Dominique-120 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The mirror tip is great. One of the best and cheapest macro methods I have seen is just to use the lens the other way around
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
the thing with that method is that it is very lens and camera dependant, unless u want a dust and spot nightmare on your shots afterwards.
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AMHolly Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, love these tips. Thank you for sharing.
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you, glad you like it :)
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FreeForms Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really simple but useful advices. Thank you for sharing with your experience! :-)
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Glad you like it. :)
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ArachnoWolf Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is excellent information sir! I really like the idea of the mirror, it seems so simple that it should have been a duh, but I'm defiantly going to use that technique now for evening shots macro shots with the bugs!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much, glad you like this. :)
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm faving this to come back to later :D
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D
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Glazier213 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
Great tips and advices! Thank you :)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
anytime :)
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Tyrose Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Thank you! Can't believe I hadn't thought about the mirror trick!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
My pleasure. :)
It is one of the easiest but overlooked tricks in the book, a pocket mirror and a Led light and you can pretty much double the output in no time. :)
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musicismylife10027 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you very much for sharing! Very helpful, I will definitely be using some of these techniques in the future! (:
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
My pleasure.
Glad you found it helpful. :)
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