70 Ways To Take Better Photos (Part 1)

8/20/2012 2:37:58 PM

Improve your shooting skills as we uncover some of the industry’s top tips and secrets!

Description: How to Take Great Photos

Becoming a good photographer takes time, patience and above all practice. Once you’ve got to grips with the basics of camera settings and composition, it’s all about honing your skills. Therefore, finding a genre that you’re passionate about and that suits your shooting style is an important part of improving your photography. Focusing on just one area will give your work direction and help you to develop a better-quality portfolio.

To help you get ahead, we’ve put together the ultimate top tips guide, covering a range of popular photography genres. It also features top tips and advice from experienced professionals, so you can put their expertise into practice. Whether you’re already set on a specific genre or looking to branch out into other areas, you’re guaranteed to find some useful practical advice that you can apply to your own work. Follow along and discover how you can improve your shooting skills!


Get to know the pro

Description: Bob Bittner

This professional shares his expert pointers for landscape photography.

Name: Bob Bittner


Photographic specialism: Landscape

Favourite location to photograph? The Canadian Rocky Mountains

Best time of day to shoot? Sunrise is best, but any time of the day can still give great results

Preferred kit? Nikon D700 coupled with a 16-35 mm lens and a Nikon D7000 with a Tokina 11-16 mm lens

Mini bio: Bob started focusing on landscapes several years ago. He has been featured in various international photography publications, including five cover images

Description: Landscapes


Bob Bittner’s handy hints

Take in your surroundings

Turn around, don’t become so focused on what’s in front of you that you forget to take in all your surroundings.

Experiment with filters

If the situation is right, don’t be afraid to ‘stack’ your grad filters to get a better effect. My Blue Canyon image was created using a soft blue grad with an ND4 grad filter.

Description: Experiment with filters

Follow the rule of thirds

Be mindful of ‘the rule of thirds’ when framing your image. While there are a few times when it can be broken successfully, try to stick to it, as it really does work.

Lead in with lines

If you can, try to position yourself and frame your photograph with powerful diagonal lead-in lines – this will help create an image with more of a ‘wow factor’. To do this, imagine an X and position the axis in either the upper or lower third area.

Find a foreground focus point

Presenting something in the foreground of your landscape shot will help to lead the eye into the image. Even if the shot has been taken at sunset or in the afternoon, a well-composed image will stand out, drawing the viewer into the scene.

Maximise depth of field

Description: Maximise depth of field

Long shutter speeds work well when shooting a landscape or seascape, but will require small aperture settings. A large f-stop number will not only prevent your image from being overexposed, it will also ensure your shots are sharp by maximising depth of field.

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