Photographs can tell a story in an instant, create lasting memories, and end up as the one thing you’re so glad you kept years later. Don’t settle for crappy images—boost your photography skills this weekend and learn to capture better shots.
Learn the Basics
Before you set out into the world to take great photos, you need to learn the basics. Your DSLR, or even your point and shoot, is a complex tool and you can do so much with it if you know how it works. Our Photography Night School series goes over the basics you need to know to operate your camera, understand how different settings affect your images, and compose better photos. If you want to learn even more, we recently detailed a number of “secret” features of DSLRs that you probably don’t know about. You can extend your abilities even further by learning how they work and what you can do with them. If that’s not enough for you, find out how custom firmware can supercharge your camera to add some pretty incredible features.
DIY Photography recently posted a bunch of inspirational photography talks. You should check them out along with this list of fun ideas for taking interesting, unique photos:
Or just go out and try something new. You can find awesome things to photograph just by walking or driving to a new place you haven’t explored and seeing it through the eye of your camera’s lens.
Upgrade Your Toolkit with DIY Projects
Most hobbies cost a lot less than photography, but you can save yourself a lot of money with a few DIY projects. Check out these lights, attachments, and upgrades you can make on the cheap:
You can do a lot yourself and save a ton of money. Better to spend your hard-earned cash on a good set of lenses rather than use it to buy accessories you can make yourself.
Despite our best intentions, the photos we capture don’t always come out as perfectly as we’d hope—but that’s why we have Photoshop! Adobe’s flagship application can help you do so much to improve the look of your images. If you need to learn the basics, we have a night school course on that, too. Some awesome Photoshop actions can make editing go a whole lot quicker. For quick color adjustments, don’t forget about Photoshop’s color adjustment layer—that’s why it’s there! If you just need to correct exposure, this little trick will do the job in seconds. If you want to take it further, you can fix all sorts of issues with your image and alter reality as you know it. Of course, not everyone wants to pay for something as robust as Photoshop. If that’s you, check out these photo-editing tips that don’t require it.
If you shoot some great photos, share them in the discussions below. And, as always, have a great weekend!