I’m trying something new in 2017; sharing my best photography tips on Instagram.
It is a continual process to discover how I can best use my time to make a difference in your photography. Writing detailed blog posts is one way, but sometimes you might not have time to read long posts.
I know I don’t always have the time!
Photography Tips on Instagram
I’m aware that I’m not great at being concise and to the point in my blog posts (something I’m working on). I want to force myself to keep things short and sweet while still delivering valuable photography tips.
So I’ve decided to try sharing photography tips on Instagram because it’s already a visual-based channel and a good place for creating conversations.
I also know that I don’t like reading captions unless they offer me something interesting or valuable. That’s what I’m looking to create!
Something like this:
Or sometimes a bit longer like this:
LAYERS IN 2D⠀ —⠀ Even though photos are two-dimensional, there’s a few ways photographers can make them seem 3D. One of those techniques is to use a “foreground element” to create a sense of layers in the image⠀ -⠀ In this shot I used a bush (or maybe it was a small tree) to create an out of focus texture in the top right of the frame. Because of how out of focus it is, the viewer will read it as “closer” to the camera, creating a layer.⠀ – ⠀ The talent @morgsrichelle is in the mid-ground and you can just see the incline of a mountain also out of focus in the background resulting in 3 distinct layers. It really helps make it look more three dimensional right?⠀ – ⠀ So next time you’re shooting, try finding something to shoot through to give yourself a foreground element. Tag me in your photo if your try this technique!⠀ – ⠀ Canon 5D Mark III with a 50mm f/1.2 prime lens.⠀ -⠀ 1/8000 at f/2.0, ISO 200⠀ -⠀ #learnphotography #photoeducation #photographyislifee #photographyislife #phototips #bokeh #foreground #threedimensional #3D #hike #naturelove #thegreatoutdoors
Sometimes I might even share a set of tips that fit under a single theme, like these three posts on autofocus in low-light (related to my detail blog post on mastering autofocus):
LOW LIGHT AUTOFOCUS (Part 1 – Pre-focus)⠀ •••⠀ Shooting in low light always pushes cameras to their limits. Autofocus speed and accuracy are especially affected.⠀ •⠀ Anticipating what point your subject will move through, pre-focussing on that point and then waiting for them to get there is a good way of getting an in-focus shot in low light.⠀ •⠀ This doesn’t always work, however it usually more accurate than trying to use Continuous/AF-C autofocus. You’ll find that mode will often “hunt” in low light, especially when back lit. So if you AF system isn’t working for you in low light, give this technique a try (and tag me in the results if you do!).⠀ •⠀ If you’re looking to master autofocus, check out the 11 techniques I use (link in profile).⠀ •⠀ Canon 1DX Mark II with a 50mm f/1.2 lens⠀ •⠀ 1/250 sec at f/1.4, ISO 6400⠀ •⠀ #learnphotography⠀ #phototips #photographylovers #photographytips #thegreatoutdoors #photographyislife #photoproventure #focus #autofocus #bokeh #surf #surfphotography #lowlight #lowlightphotography #ISO #highISO #prefocus #autofocustips #learntofocus #photographyismypassion #creativephotography
LOW LIGHT AUTOFOCUS (PART 2 – AF Quick Switch)⠀⠀ •••⠀⠀ Choosing the right autofocus (AF) mode for what you’re shooting is very important (one of the 11 ways to master autofocus – link in profile). Sometimes, your subject moves and stops which is when I use AF Quick Switching.⠀⠀ •⠀⠀ Unfortunately, I’ve only figured out how to do this on my Canon cameras. Basically, I assign a custom function of switching between continuous (AI Servo) and single shot AF. The button I choose is right beside the lens (DOF preview button or similar) so that I can switch between modes on the fly.⠀⠀ •⠀⠀ That means I get the benefit of more accurate and confirmed AF when my subject is still, but can quick change to continuous AF when they start moving again. I used this technique In the shot of @elliejbrooksss above. ⬆️⠀⠀ •⠀⠀ Although this technique helps prevent focus hunting in low light, it also works a treat in good light. I use it all the time!⠀⠀ •⠀⠀ In my next post, I’ll talk about the best way to use Continuous AF in low light (for ANY camera). 👍🏼⠀⠀ •⠀⠀ ⬇️ I’d love to answer you questions below (or feel free to tag a photog)!⠀⠀ •⠀⠀ 1/250 sec at f/2.0, ISO 3200⠀⠀ •⠀⠀ #learnphotography #canon📷 #canon5dmarkiii #canon1dxmarkii #bluehour #sunrisephotography #phototips #photographytips #masterautofocus #photoproventure #learntofocus #lowlightphotography
LOW LIGHT AUTOFOCUS (Part 3)⠀ •••⠀ My last post about using Single/AF-S autofocus doesn’t work well when your subject (like @elliejbrooksss here) is moving. In cases like these, Continuous/AF-C autofocus is a better choice. But how do you prevent the AF systems from hunting in low light?⠀ •⠀ Look for contrast and focus on that. In the shot above, I put my focus point on Ellie’s shoulder where her skin meets the black paddle suit. The contrast difference between the two makes is easier for the camera’s AF to keep up.⠀ •⠀ The benefit of me choosing this spot to focus on is that it’s almost perfectly in line with Ellie’s face, meaning that I get her expression in focus as well.⠀ •⠀ So did my last 3 posts about autofocus in low light help you? Have any questions? I’d love to hear from you below!⠀ •⠀ If you want to know more about how to master autofocus, I’ve written a post on my blog all about it (link in profile).⠀ •⠀ #learnphotography #phototips #photographytips #autofocus #developyourphotography #photographyislife #photoproventure
At the end of the day, my aim is to make you consider something new and provoke discussion.
So if you’re keen to learn more about photography, be inspired and have a chat, follow me on Instagram.