7 Helpful Photography Tips

The secrets behind creating stunning images involve more than just snapping the right picture. Here are some great tips for improving your shots.

Coming to you from Matt Shannon, this insightful video sheds light on several key techniques that can improve your images. The first technique involves capturing images in crowded places without people in the final shot. Shannon explains how setting up your camera on a tripod and taking numerous shots allows Photoshop to remove moving elements, such as people. This method keeps stationary parts intact, producing a clean image of otherwise busy locations.

Another topic Shannon covers is creating composites. He uses an example from Venice, where multiple images with different exposures and shutter speeds are combined. This method captures detailed elements from various lighting conditions. Shannon discusses how combining long exposures of stars with fast shutter speeds for moving subjects like gondolas can result in a visually striking composite. 

Shannon also shares a fascinating technique involving backlit bugs, which he refers to as the "dance floor" effect. By capturing images in areas with many mosquitoes, such as lakes in North America, and using backlighting, you can create a magical scene. This method involves patience and a bit of luck but results in unique and enchanting photos. The use of natural light and understanding how to work with your environment can significantly impact your photography.

Check out the video above for the full rundown from Shannon.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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