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13 Photography Skills for People Who Don’t Have Expensive Cameras

13 Photography Skills for People Who Don’t Have Expensive Cameras

Not everyone has a DSLR, that doesn’t mean they are amateurs. Note down these Photography Skills to take beautiful pictures with the camera you own.

Composition tips

Composing is the basic aesthetic of photography. One has to follow certain rules to make the pic interesting and pleasing.

Rule of thirds

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    One of the basic composition rules is the Rule of Thirds. When you look through the lens at your subjects, imagine a grid and notice where these lines intersect. The rule of thirds suggests that these intersection points are the ideal places to position your subject.

    Maintain Headroom

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      Headroom is the amount of space above your subject’s head in a frame. Too much space isn’t good, so make sure that you are only leaving a small amount of airy space above your subject’s head.

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      Beware of cropping

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        When you compose your subject, especially humans in the camera; make sure that you never frame them at their major joints. I mean at the points where we can fold, bend and move e.g., Neck, elbows, ankles, wrists, hips etc. The reason is that if we compose at these points, they look crippled.

        Discover the beauty of light

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          Light is the most essential factor of photography. Learn how to use the light; if possible steal it, exploit it, create it to click better pictures. One definition of photography says that it is a science of shadows. Discover the beauty of light and practice to use it.

          Purchasing tips

          Many of us would be having several doubts while purchasing a camera. So remember all these points while purchasing to avoid the trap of persuasive marketing.

          Don’t fall for Digital zoom 800x

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            It is a feature of a camera that is actually not required. Digital zoom is the least thing you have to worry about while purchasing a camera. If a salesman claims that the camera has a great digital zoom, just forget it. The higher the digital zoom, the more noisy the picture would be.

            Check out the optical zoom

            The optical zoom is a feature of the lens of a camera which has to be checked while purchasing the camera. The higher the optical zoom, the closer you can get towards the subject without actually moving from your place of position.

            Check your F-STOP

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              F-STOP is nothing but the feature of the lens in your camera that determines the quantity of light entering into the camera. The lower the F-STOP, the higher is the light sensitivity. A camera with a high light sensitivity is of great use in lowlight situations. Just ask the salesman about the F-STOP of a camera, or else you can check it on the lens itself. If you are purchasing online, it is given in the specifications.

              Don’t fall for the megapixel euphoria

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                The digital image is constituted by pixels. The higher the pixels are; the higher is the quality of a pic. So 1 megapixel means one million pixels. Nevertheless, any picture, which is beyond 4 megapixel, is enough to get it printed, posted or published unless you are having a print of 10 ft. height and 10 ft. width.

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                Clicking tips:

                Rather than just pointing and shooting, one has to follow all these minimal requirements while clicking a picture.

                Use stabilisation

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                  if you can’t afford a tripod; just find handheld your camera and use the stabilization feature of your camera. It will help to level out and cover up some of the slight camera movements and it adds that little bit of extra stability for you to get smooth-looking handheld footage.

                  Increase your points of contact

                  If you have a tree, a building, a friend or anything nearby that gives you steady support to lean on while shooting – avail that assistance. That makes a big difference and gives stability to the shot. Or else simply bringing in your elbows close to your body, resting at the top of your hips or on your waistline where it’s comfortable can make all the difference.

                  Breathe steadily

                  If you need to be as steady as possible, you can hold your breath for a short period of time to minimize any extra movement. If it is for longer times, do not hold your breath; try to breathe steadily and smoothly through out the shoot to avoid movements caused by breathing.

                  Use the strap

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                    Put the strap over your head and keep it taut around the back of your neck. Extend the camera out as far as the strap will allow with proper handheld technique and you’ll be able to achieve a smooth result for panning or shooting moving subjects.

                    Practice good posture

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                      The most important thing to remember is to adopt a wide stance by keeping your legs shoulder width apart, and bend your knees a little while filming as this provides great stability. You can practice other postures too as per your convenience.

                      So folks, happy clicking!

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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