Have you ever wondered why, no matter how hard you try, your pictures never look as professional as many you see out there?
I know that because I'm being asked a lot.
But I must tell you a secret: for a long time I kept trying, trying ... and it seemed that my photos never improved.
It was then that I decided to pay more attention, to study some techniques and, mainly, to practice more.
Well, there's no way you can take better pictures without practicing.
One of the greatest photographers of all time, Cartier Breson once said that "your first thousand photos will be the worst in your life."
And at his time, that meant spending a lot of film rolls.
Luckily, we can practice making amazing shots at almost zero cost.
So why not start now?
Here I leave my 5 tricks that if you start doing now you will have much more beautiful photos in your feed.
1. Don't count on editing
One of the biggest mistakes I see amateur photographers make is to think that any photo can be saved with editing.
Photoshop is not magic! If your photo is already too bad ... throw it out and take another one.
I always say: a good edition turns a good photo into an amazing photo, but never saves the bad photo.
So, when taking the photo, try to expose correctly: not too much light or less light.
2. Use the light to your advantage
Photography is nothing more than knowing how to interpret the light of the environment and make the most of it.
Pay attention to the light even before taking the photo. Which side is it coming from? How intense? This will help you make better choices.
For example, with rare exceptions you should never position the subject of your photo against light.
Are you going to take a picture of someone on the beach? Look for the sun and position the person with the face facing the sun.
This also applies to selfies.
Another tip is to look at the sun even if it is not positioned directly towards it. The sun is coming from the right, but you want to show what's behind? Position yourself with the desired background and turn your face to the sun. (look the photos above and below)
Think about it not only when it is pictures of people, but also objects. What do you want the highlight of the photo to be? Think how the light should accentuate it.
3. Explore new angles
Limiting yourself to taking pictures in the same way is limiting yourself to boring pictures.
Simply avoid lifting the camera / cell phone, taking the picture and giving up.
Take the opportunity to test new angles: what happens if I take the picture from below? What happens if I take the photo diagonally?
You will be amazed how the photos seemed much more interesting for a detail that will take seconds.
Photography is the record of a moment and the world is moving all the time.
That's why we end up feeling uncomfortable when you have to pose to a photo: it just is not natural!
Try to incorporate movement and you will pose much more relaxed in addition to making a much more interesting photo.
It's very easy to do that. Begin by positioning one leg in front of the other, it helps a lot.
Try to stand on your toes as if you were walking.
Or you can actually walk for the photographer to capture the movement.
Something more interesting is to jump, which generates a lot of interest in a photo.
A lot of people forget to incorporate details into their photos.
Looking for a good photo on something ordinary is what sets a good photographer apart from an amateur.
Try to get away from the obvious and photograph just the ordinary.
Have you ever thought about taking a single part of your face? Or just shoot a hand? Or a part of the blouse ..
Always try to find new reasons to shoot because even if you do not get the perfect photo, you'll be one step closer to the best photos of your life!
Bonus Tip: Study, practice and continue studying.
And if I could only give you one piece of advice, it would be: study hard.
I can not lie to you: you need to seek knowledge to know how to make good photos.
The good news is that I also started from scratch. I knew nothing! And before long I was able to improve my photos considerably.
When I started I did several of these courses included in this bundle and in a few weeks I started to see the result in the number of followers I was getting on Instagram.
And I'll tell you a secret: to this day I study a lot. In fact, I love this in the universe of Photography: there are always new things to discover!