Photography Tips from Someone Who’s Made a Lot of Mistakes

  1. Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Be prepared for grass stains, muddy shoes, a wet bum from sitting on wet sand, bird’s nest hair, scratches on your legs from walking through bushes and a multitude of other beauty disasters to get that perfect shot. Photography is not a hobby for the vain!

  2. NEVER let the fuel in your car reach below a quarter full. The most beautiful sunset or the realisation that this year’s “super moon” still looks amazing 3 nights later or some other landscape photography moment is about as unpredictable as the exact moment a pregnant woman will go into labour! You don’t want to be messing around stopping to buy fuel… or you just miss the moment… unless of course it turns out that the petrol station IS the perfect vantage point for that “super moon” re-appearing through the trees.

  3. Don’t under any circumstances contemplate the idea of upgrading to a better camera, until you’ve also upgraded your tripod if all you have is one that cost you $50.

  4. While sobbing that you still didn’t get that perfect shot of the said “super moon” despite spotting it through the trees at the petrol station, because your tripod has become wonky no matter how much you tighten everything on it that can be tightened, consider it divine intervention giving you a wake up call to replace the thing with a better one before you dare ¬†attach a more expensive camera to it.

  5. Photos taken with lower end consumer DSLR cameras and in some cases even with just compact point and shoots with some manual controls have been finalists in Canon World of EOS competitions. The best equipment doesn’t turn someone into the best photographer any more than the best running shoes turn someone into the best runner.

  6. Always keep your tripod in your car, and check that every bit of photography equipment you own, memory cards, spare battery, lense cleaning cloths, filters and cable release is returned to your camera bag at the end of the day. Refer again to number 2!

  7. Do exercises for your back – OFTEN! Photography also isn’t the most ergonomic hobby!

  8. If landscape photography is your thing, invest in a pair of hiking boots/shoes. You don’t want to be too scared of falling on uneven surfaces and breaking your camera (and your neck) to even try to walk to the best vantage point.

  9. Learn the rule of thirds.

  10. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks! Even if they think you are weird for using your macro lense to photograph a yellow flower that to them is just a weed! Or for setting up your tripod outside a petrol station!



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