These photography tips are a record of new entries to the Daily Photo Tips RSS feed since November 2007. There are currently 1567 tips in the database! Contact Me to comment or add tips.
Keep your camera gear reasonably safe, but don't worry about breaking it while you're using it. Worrying about your gear is just a distraction from creating quality photography. (First published Jan 8, 2008)
15.Mar.14Take advantage of your first visit to a scene. If you come back later, you may find the place in a different way, and yourself in a different frame of mind. Sometimes 'magic' is temporary!
14.Mar.14Many monitor calibration devices remove the current calibration parameters before performing new measurements. This means that there is very little advantage to performing a calibration more than once.
13.Mar.14Despite all your expertise, despite all your efforts and planning and preparation, some photos will 'turn out' and some won't. Accept that, for all the work you do, there will still be lucky and unlucky shots.
12.Mar.14When monitor calibration software displays 'before' and 'after' results, it is usually the difference between no calibration at all and the latest parameter set. Often, the difference between subsequent calibrations is barely detectable.
11.Mar.14Your work situation can have a large impact on your happiness, particularly as reflected by your art. Negative, stressful workplaces can lead a photographer to produce dark, moody photography, and vice versa.
10.Mar.14Learn what various photo terminologies look like in practice. For example, learn what it looks like when a colour falls out of gamut, when shadow areas become clipped, when a photo is high or low key, or when a lens has poor contrast.
09.Mar.14Some photos are extremely sensitive to small adjustments, in colour balance or tonality. Be careful to not overdo adjustments on sensitive photos – a heavy hand can ruin them completely!
08.Mar.14If you calibrate your monitor, make sure you can switch between your specialized photo calibration and a more 'typical' profile. This will let you get an idea of what your photos may look like on other people's computers.
07.Mar.14Many modern operating systems come equipped with basic visual monitor calibration routines. If used carefully correctly, these routines can produce good results – certainly better than no calibration at all.
06.Mar.14Some photographs, particularly abstracts, require the viewer to interact with the subject without imagining the photographer at the scene. In these photos, a more formal, careful composition often works best.
05.Mar.14Art can be a great escape when things are tough. When you're feeling down, when something has gone wrong, or when the day has been a long one – try creating something beautiful!
04.Mar.14Just as your monitor needs to warm up before working on photos, so do your eyes. Before jumping in and starting to sort or adjust photos, let your eyes adjust to your monitor and the surrounding room light.
03.Mar.14Very small laptops may be good for travel photo editing, but their architecture can make them prone to overheating and difficult to upgrade. To choose a computer that may last many years, consider a slightly larger model.
02.Mar.14Real human emotion is difficult, if not impossible, to duplicate. Great portrait-makers are often charismatic people who are able to make their subjects react in a genuine way.
01.Mar.14Integrating new gear into your workflow can be time-consuming and expensive. If you're purchasing equipment of any kind, buy it to last – that way you'll spend less time on set-up and more time making new photography!