Photography Tips 5

21. Check out the exif data.

When you check back on your pictures, it is best to check out the camera settings when you took them. Some of the setting you want to know about regarding this would include the aperture, shutter speed, and such. To do that, refer to the exif data of the pictures. By doing that, it can help you take note of the things you have done right or you have done wrong, and make improvements.

This has been a great help for me, especially when I create an image I love by accident. I want to know how to do it again. On the flip side, it helps when I can’t get it right. When I ask a mentor I’m able to give them that information. Most of the time they can tell me off the top what I did wrong.

22. Use your flash outdoors.

This idea may seem a bit funny for some. However, using your flash when you are taking pictures outside is actually a good idea. It is often referred to by professionals as “fill flash”. Using your flash outside can help light up your subject even on a sunny day, especially if the light is coming from behind them.

This was one of the first things my mentor told me. It was hard to understand or grasp at first, but when I took the same shot with and without the flash was able to see the difference.

23. How to take pictures of sunsets.

Setting your white balance to daylight and not to auto is a good idea when taking pictures of sunrises or sunsets. Oftentimes, when there is lower amount of light, your camera may not provide you the best photo for it. Thus, it is best to set it to daylight, or better yet, put the white balance mode to manual.

This tip I’m still working on. I rarely get the chance to experience either. I’d love to hear how that works for you.

24. Back up your images.

Backing up your images is one of the most important things you need to do. You can easily do it by purchasing an external hard drive for your computer. By backing up your images, you are assured that they won’t get lost. Back up your photos every one or two weeks, and store the it in a place that is safe.

I would also recommend using some sort of cloud storage as well. Granted it may not always be able to be saved in RAW format but, that is your extra protection. We never know when a disaster may strike and we may not be able to get the laptop or hard drive, but at least they’ll still be in the cloud. I use an external drive and cloud as backup.

25. How to manage your hard drive space.

Managing your hard drive space is very important, since it is where you would store your images. Save space on your hard drive by spending some time in sorting out the images. Select the images that you really want to keep. After doing that, all those that you have not selected should be deleted, so that you can save more room for future photos.

This is so true. However, sadly, I haven’t done that. Why, not really sure. Still I know that is definitely a 2018 project goal.

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