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7 Hacks to Becoming a Photography Expert

7 Hacks to Becoming a Photography Expert

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned photographer, there is a definite need to brush up on your photography skills. As a novice or someone who just enjoys photography as a hobby, you’ll take better images of your work, and if you are a professional photographer, clients will appreciate your work more. Where do you begin the journey of honing your photography skills?

This guide will impress upon you the basic mindset and shooting skills everything photographer needs. Here are 7 hacks to becoming a photography expert:

1. Be ready to learn

Someone aptly said that the day you stop learning is the day you stop growing. Yet, there are numerous photographers who feel that they are on top of their game and can’t learn any more from their peers. The fact is that there is always something new to learn and it is actually wise to always think of yourself as a novice. Keep an open mindset and be ready to learn new things from different people. The day you become puffed up and think of yourself as the best in your circle, is the day you stop growing in photography, and accordingly, the moment you stagnate, you begin to regress. An unteachable attitude is a death knell to your photography.

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2. Take your camera everywhere with you

Chris Orwig, the author of Visual Poetry, counsels that a photographer should carry a camera with them everywhere they go. He says, “Even without taking photos, carrying a camera enhances life.”

Many seasoned photographers agree that carrying a camera is a sure-fire way of keeping your senses on high alert. Think about it, if a camera is always pressed to your eye, you have a different way of looking at the world, giving you a reason to slow down, observe your surroundings, and get a unique perspective of everything around you. Carrying a camera with you wherever and whenever will ultimately amp up your photography skills.

3. Get out of auto

One of the most cherished photography skills is the ability to control the camera. Controlling your camera means making conscious and deliberate decisions about how you are going to take shots. That means giving auto a wide berth, because allowing your camera to do everything isn’t exactly a prudent way of becoming a photography expert. Though you might get an occasional good image, you really didn’t use your creativity to get the image. Therefore, start shooting in full manual mode, or in either shutter speed priority or aperture priority.

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To quit auto, you must understand the exposure triangle – that is, the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. With that, you can now make deliberate decisions on the photo you want to take rather than letting the camera make every decision.

4. Know how to use Adobe Lightroom

Every serious photographer needs to learn how to use Adobe Lightroom. It is a great image editor while also allowing you to create a catalog of all your images. It isn’t rocket science. All you need to do is spend an entire weekend reading up on it and you’ll be up to speed. It is worth your time.

5. Use a tripod

A recent study shows that most seasoned photographers use a tripod, and for a good reason. There is something amazing that happens when you attach a camera to a tripod. Everything will suddenly slow down. When you rely on a tripod, you take your time to compose the image because you can’t move the camera around freely.

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Incredible, right? To prove how true this is, just get out and take a couple of images handheld, and then take another set of images on a tripod. See the difference?

6. Join a photography club

One of the best means to improve your photography is to network with other photographers. Seek out renowned photographers in your city or town. See if they have a club and join it. If there isn’t a club, you can bring photographers together. In the club, you can share nuggets of wisdom on how best to shoot images.

7. Take photography courses

Investing in photography courses is the surest way to improve your photography skills. There is no doubt that you’ll go in an amateur and emerge as a pro. What you should do is look out for respectable photography courses where it’s possible to sharpen your skills more. Enrolling here is a great step to turn you into a pro.

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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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