Don’t shoot thoughtlessly. Although your emotional reaction to the scene may be spontaneous, it should lead to a non-spontaneous act of shooting that requires attention and accuracy. Negligence at work leading to annoying frustrations, as well, in General, the frame is under further study, is hopelessly flawed because of a miss-focus, push the camera during exposure, or some undetected mistakes. And it’s not always possible to go back and reshoot.
That’s why you need regular practice, so that at the crucial moment you don’t start to remember convulsively where the exposure correction button is located on your camera or how to turn on the flash?
So, what should you pay special attention to?
Before leaving the house:
Is there enough space on the memory card?
Is the battery charged and in its proper place?
Have you forgotten the accessories that you plan to use during the photo session (additional lenses, filters, flash, tripod, etc.)?
Before you start shooting:
What do you see and feel? What are you interested in? What is the subject?
What exactly do you want to say about the subject? What is most significant in it, and how can it be emphasized?
Is the light good? It’s amazing how often lighting is completely ignored by Amateur photographers! Meanwhile, light determines the entire structure of the future photo. This is very important.
Just before you release the shutter:
Is the horizon blocked?
Are there any foreign objects in the frame? Most often they are found on the periphery, so do not forget to control the entire field of the viewfinder.
Is the main subject clearly visible? Make sure that the viewer does not have to find it.
Isn’t the background too colorful? Is it distracting?
Is the focus in place? The lower the depth of field, the more noticeable the miss will be.
Is the contrast of the scene excessive, and how can we get along with it?
Isn’t the shutter speed a bit long when shooting with your hands?
Is the camera stable? Are your hands trembling with fatigue or excitement?
Did you forget to disable the stabilizer if the camera is on a tripod?
Immediately after shooting, check (valid only for digital cameras):
Is the exposition in order? Overexposure is especially dangerous. If you have this option, try using a histogram.
Is the white balance correct? When shooting in RAW, this is not important .
Are you satisfied with the sharpness of the image? If not, what is the reason for the blurring?
If you are dissatisfied with something, then make the appropriate corrections and make another frame. Continue shooting until you get the best result.
Do not forget to delete unsuccessful and targeted shots as soon as possible. They take up extra space and, much worse, make it difficult to sort and catalog your images later.
When you get home, take your time to review the remaining material and delete most of it without regret. Leave only good shots, even if there are only a couple of pieces for two or three hundred. The sooner you get rid of the marriage, the better. By delaying this process, you become emotionally attached to unsuccessful works, and it will become more difficult for you to part with them, although they do not cease to be unsuccessful.
Protocol photos stand out, which may not Shine from an artistic point of view, but should serve as a documentary evidence of important events for you. What can I say? Take the trouble to remove at least the most gross and obvious marriage. Feel sorry for the aesthetic feelings of the people you will be showing your albums to.
Like any other art, photography is quite complex, but the joy that creativity brings more than compensates for all the difficulties.
Shoot more, shoot meaningfully, be strict with yourself and your work. Keep your eyes and mind open. Never get tired of learning – the only way you can create something worthy of attention.