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How to be a better photographer!

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 29, 2014, 4:50 AM
We have passion for photography, cameras, and unique things that normal people can't feel and see but we can ! 
Yes, we are photographers ! 
Photographer just like the actors, singer, or artist.. etc, you have to practice more and more ! always practice. 
even professionals keep learning new things and techniques. 

10 things you must do as a photographer :

1- Read as much as you can about photography.
    reading is really help, I always read articles about photography,
    even if the subject I already know but I like to read what others think
    so I might learn something new. 

   The Little Artist by antontang

2- Use your favorite photographer as a guide and inspiration
     your favorite artist is always a good thing to get you motivated to be like him/her.
     roll around his/her gallery focus on the way he/she taking shots, the corner,
     light used and photo framing. 
     never think that you can not get photos like his/hers.
     remember every professional once was a beginner! 
     And sometimes contacting your favorite photographer helps.

   38 by NiraGonzalez

3- Have someone to support you.
     
that doesn't mean you have to go and ask someone to support you, no!
     just find someone you trust and trust his test and show him/her your photo.
     sometimes people see mistakes on your photos that you can't see. 

   The little death by Elerko

4- understand your camera.
    at first I found this a bit hard to understand. Shutter speed, ISO, f-stop,
    white balance, exposure, shutter release, RAW ..etc
    I found these names really strange and difficult
    to get them all in mind when shot the picture.
    but with a few tutorials and experience i got rid on them all.
    the easiest way to understand them is to start to learn one by one.
    not just reading an article or watching video tutorial would help,
    but with your camera on your hand while you're reading or watching
    this would let info stuck in your mind and hand.

The Foggy Sunrise by KR-2Y-51-3K

5- take your camera with you everywhere. 
   
 when I just bought my camera I was taking it almost everywhere
     and shoot no matter what in front me.
     simply shooting and playing with setting helped me to learn. 

   A belated autumn impression by Einsilbig 

6- Never leave your photo without editing.
     photos after being captured are "pale" and it's need
     some color corrections. 
     But you must have your own touch on your photos. 

  A Symbol To Express by popoks

7- Have your own watermark or copyrights.
     
This would help to give confidence of yourself and your work,
     and protect your efforts from thieves.
     Avoid using DA watermark!
     there're many tutorials you can find about watermark.

  You are my sunshine by Alessia-Izzo

8- Never use direct flash, or camera built-in flash for closeup and portrait shots.
     flash for closeups really burn your object! 
    and for portraits, flash gives you red eye,
    shadow behind model, flat shot, and hurts model's eyes. 
    personally, I don't recommend camera flash using flash,
    but for family and events photos when you have no option just flash. 
    otherwise, use natural light "outdoors shots" ,
    or soft box if available, or window lights
    it's really gives a pretty lightening. 
 
   Only Human. by Sarah-BK

9- Focus on Focus.
     
it's a strange phrase I know but you have to focus on the focus of your camera.
     Wrong focus would definitely ruin your photo and would be useless. 
     take your time to get the right focus then shoot.
     When you're focused correctly on your object then you're in the save side,
     because other mistake can be corrected later on software. 

    If only i can let go.... by BlueColoursOfNature  

10- Always shoot RAW.
      many of DSLR users don't know or don't use the RAW image format. 
      if you still don't know what it's RAW photo and why to shoot RAW not JEPG. 
      I can give you a simple reason but you still have to Google it and read,
      the reason to shoot RAW is flexibility!
      My experience with RAW and JEPG let me realize that
      no matter what I'll never shoot JEPG.
      Always Shoot RAW unless you run out of memory! 

   I HEART PHOTO by AvidVisuals

And this is not all about photography, But hope this was helpful.

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   Polaroid Picture by The-Exs-And-The-Ohs
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TheIntern55 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree on all of these, except the RAW one. I think that, for things like still life and portraits, which I feel is more your area of expertise, it's important but when it comes to landscapes, and Urban/rural, it's better to shoot jpeg and capture the colors as is. 
But I love all the others, especially the watermark one. You don't know how much it bothers me when people use the DA one. 
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KR-2Y-51-3K Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you ! :heart:
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Schnitzelyne Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great article, though i disagree with two points :)
1. Never leave your photo without editing.
 I upload unedited pictures from time to time, for example these ones:
Golden by Schnitzelyne Pure Happiness by Schnitzelyne
And i think the goal of a good photographer should not be "i'll always edit my pictures", but rather "I'll try to make pictures so good that they only need minor corrections". I think there are nowaydays more photoshop-artists than photographers, and i think a photographer should focus on the photographing-part, not on the editing-part... (sorry for my bad english, but i hope you get my point :))

2. Always shoot RAW.
From time to time, i prefer shooting in .jpg for two reasons: 1. i can try different whitebalances to give the picture a different mood (i find this much better than editing it heavily afterwards) and 2. when it's a bit darker, most cameras produces raw pictures with intolerable much noise which my editing software can't remove as good as the camera when shooting in .jpg.
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SaRaH-22 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I got your point, and yes photographer should focus on the photo itself not the editing part :thumbsup: your photos are really beautiful without editing, but still editing took a large part of photography. 

and the RAW, personally I prefer more than JEPG but that doesn't mean jepg is not good. but with RAW you have more flexibility to control lightening and colors. :)

Thanks for stopping by and reading my journal :heart: :rose:
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kuroyoBEAST Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this journal is really helpful , thanks so much for writing and sharing this article :///)
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice article! :D :D


But I don't know that using watermarks will make you a better photographer :P
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SaRaH-22 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
it did effects somehow :love: thank you 
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Shizuru1412 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thank for making this, it's truly inspiring!
Whilst I'm not doing photography much these days,
I did do photojournalism for university project (I was the group's main photographer), and this would surely help if I'm going to do it again! :)
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SaRaH-22 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :heart: I wish this would be a good resource and inspirational for you
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misukichi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice.. I'll remember this..
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