The longer you do photography the more you learn, there is always something new you find out and heres some things I’ve learnt along the way the will hopefully help out any of you’s who are just starting photography.
1. Always bring a spare!!-This can range from a battery for you camera to a tripod. Recently while shooting a sunset at a beach I forgot a spare battery for my remote shutter release(wireless) and of course the battery I had in it went dead (ain’t that always the way) and although I wasn’t taking a shot that was longer then a few seconds, it was awkward holding the shutter down in the position I had the camera and ended up with mainly blurry shots. Another time I forgot my tripod (which is criminal really for a landscape photography and something you won’t do twice believe me!) So now I always put a spare tripod in the car, its a cheap tripod but better then not having one, trust me!
2.Adobe photoshop- This is mainly the program I use so hears a few tips I would have loved to know when starting out.
Unsharp Mask- I use this on nearly all my shots to add that extra bit of sharpness to the shot (but your photo has to be in focus in the first place because it can’t work miracles,haha). It can be found in filters>sharpen>unsharp mask. I usually put the radius to 1 and the amount,depending on the shot, anywhere over 120 but play around with it and find whats best for you. Also if you put the radius up to around 30 and the amount at about 20 it adds a nice amount of contrast into a photo, again move it around a bit and find what’s best for you.
Freaky detail(high pass filter)- This is great for adding extra detail into your photo. I found a great video on how it’s done by kajophotography, you can find the video here- http://www.kajophotography.com/blog/category/videos/ . I currently use cs5, where you can skip some of the steps in the video by going to filters>other>high pass, then you can follow the steps in the video from after the photo is inverted!
Layer masks- This is something I mainly just use to apply freaky detail in only certain areas of my image. Heres a quick video(not done by myself) on how to use them-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRJoY5odA7k
3.Always check your camera settings!!-Over time this will become automatic but always make sure you check your camera settings before taking a shot. This happened to me a lot when I was starting out, especially when shooting something that only lasts a few minutes like a rainbow. You get so caught up in the scene in front of you that forget everything and just start clicking the shutter without thinking, big mistake. Sometimes you can get lucky and everything’s ok but most of the time that won’t be the case. Noting worse then coming back thinking you’ve captured a great shot to find out there was raindrops on your lens or your ISO was up at something like 1600 giving so much noise the image is irretrievable!
Oh and always bring a cloth to wipe your lens (make sure it’s a proper cloth for camera lens’ so you don’t scratch your lens) and keep your ISO down as low as possible especially when doing landscape photography!
I hope those tips will help out a few of you’s and keep shooting…