5 New Photography Tips I Learned This Weekend

June 14, 2015

Just when I thought I knew everything I needed to know about blog photography, the good people at Currys and Canon taught me more - which goes to show that you can never have too much of a good thing.


But first...how I accidentally bought an iMac.


Before I impart upon you my 5 new nuggets of photography wisdom, can we first look at my snazzy new desk setup?! Yes, that is an iMac - I HAVE A DESKTOP NOW, YA'LL. I don't know how this happened - I vaguely remember going to the Apple store on Friday evening and accidentally buying an iMac. One minute I thought 'I'm just going to treat ol' faithful Macbook Pro - maybe buy her a nice sleeve', the next thing you know I'm heaving an iMac onto Regent Street in a frantic bid to flag down a cab. Oh, and I totally forgot to buy my Macbook Pro the sleeve I went in for. An iMac though! That was the missing piece of the puzzle that is my Pinterest-pleasing marble desk (read how I DIY-ed my faux marble desk, here). Could be worse, I could've also accidentally bought a gold Macbook to match my iPhone and rose gold rings. Damn, I dodged a bullet...


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5 New Photography Tips I Learned This Weekend

at the Currys and Canon DSLR workshop with photographer Paul Hames

1. Beat the camera lag. Your memory card makes a whole world of difference to how quickly you shoot, or specifically how quickly your image writes to the camera, saving precious time to take more shots. Think of it as the fancy expensive fuel you get at gas stations. When buying a memory card, be sure it has a graphic of a 10 inside a broken circle - to be safe, buy a Sandisk memory card.
2. Autofocus is not cheating. Don't let the purists and snobs tell you otherwise - professional and photography coach Paul Hames himself said 'Manual focus? Ain't nobody got time fo' dat.' Actually he said autofocus makes life easier, and that you can save manual focus for filming. So, save yourself the guilt when shooting in AF.
3. Expose yourself. Well, overexpose your shots, by 3 stops (that's +1 on the metre) for bright, crisp photos. I myself tend to slightly overexpose, I find it makes for high-contrast, saturated photos. Try it!
4. 8 is the magic number. For street photography, that is. I almost always shoot at f1.8 'cos I'm all about the bokeh, 'bout the bokeh, no crispness... But! 8 is the magic f-stop for street photography if you're trying to get every face in the crowd to be in focus. I shot most of my Hanoi Photo Diaries on a f2.8 or f1.8 as I like focusing on individuals, but I'll set my aperture to f8 next time I'm taking photos of street scenes.

5. JPG depreciates. Here's a horrific fact - did you know that each time you open, save, and close a .jpg file the quality gets worse?! I didn't! And this whole time I've been editing pictures in Photoshop, closing them, going back to edit them again, not knowing that each time they were depreciating, bad. Yes, yes, why aren't I shooting in RAW? Because ain't no memory card got space for that. Besides I'm not getting paid for post-production and my photos are only going to be published on my blog, so... Protect your precious photos - save them as .psd or .tiff files, and only save them as .jpgs when the photos are ready to be uploaded to the web.

There you go - those are my five new tricks of the trade to add to my list of photography tips. Thank you, Paul, for upping my game at your hands-on DLSR workshop. And thank you, Haydn for awarding my inane Tweets of the day worthy of winning a spanking new Canon 1200D. You can read my award-winning puns, and other bloggers' Tweets, by searching for the #LightsCameraCurrys hashtag. 

What do you think of my photography tips? Yay or nay? Anything you'd like to tell me? I'm all ears. x

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18 comments:

  1. That 8 f-stop thing is a really useful tip! Thanks hon x

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  2. Holy, I learnt so much. Thank you SO much for this post, I had no idea about the .jpg files! x


    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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  3. You're welcome Angie! I'm going to try it out soon. Show me your photos when you do, too! x

    Jasiminne / Posh, Broke, & Bored - Luxury lifestyle blog

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  4. Thank you for these Jasiminne!!! Super helpful :) Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    www.andreaspassions.com

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  5. You're welcome Andrea, I'm glad you found these tips helpful! x

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  6. Congrats on the new iMac! Thanks for the tips, they're actually very helpful. I'm glad to hear that autofocus isn't cheating because I really can't cope with manual. And i'll try to overexpose my photos next time!

    The Runaway Journal

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  7. I love the iMac story. So funny!

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  8. My life is so funny. It's like a big joke with no punchline! D:

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  9. Rachel! I find manual focus really helps with product shots (labels read more clearly) and is worth trying if you've the time and patience. But for photogprahy on the go (ie. street, travel, wildlife) I'm happy to use autofocus! x

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  10. Thanks for the tips Jasiminne, I will try exposing myself - my photos, that is!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  11. Firstly, excellent iMac story and secondly - JPEG QUALITY DECREASES!? WHAT IS LIFE.

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  12. Wow these ARE really helpful!! Also, major iMac jells here!

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  13. IKR. Go home .jpg, you're drunk! x

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  14. Summer's the best time to expose yourself, Suze! ;) x

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  15. SuperNoonaJune 16, 2015

    Thank you for the

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  16. Please do, and show me your photos! x

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  17. Thank you for the tips! I'm using my iPhone for my blog photos at the moment but am finally getting a camera for my birthday in a few weeks so I will definitely be coming back to these tips!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com

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