I own 12 cameras ranging from a DSLR to an analog Fish Eye, but I would never call myself a photographer and prefer to stick with ‘photo taker’, because I just enjoy taking random snaps.
My bestie who we’ll call Adam is an acclaimed and award-winning photographer. We bond over our love of Jon Hamm, red wine, dark humour, and how we would change our sexual orientation for Carrie Brownstein (that’s the Portlandia one, not SATC).
When I asked him for tips I could implement in a photo tip post he (mainly because of the wine) agreed to help me. Since I didn’t want to do a boring photo guide post that you can see anywhere, I decided to show Adam some of my photos and he could smack them down and tell me how to improve in the future. And I hope you can learn something from my mistakes too.
Where to start on this one…well, firstly I feel like I’m falling off the cliff – but maybe I should just jump if I have to look at this photo for much longer. Is your camera unbalanced? Or is this a style? Angles can work in some instances, but not this one. Thank god Instagram has an angle adjust.
I’ve always been a firm believer in not getting your hands in photos – even if it’s meant to be cute. Each time I see this it’s like the adorable fingers are jabbing me in my eyes. Next time, cover the lense up with your spare hand instead.
You wanted a postcard to post online about how dreamy your holiday was. Well, this one doesn’t cut the mustard. Again, move around a bit – work up a sweat, you’re not in the shot, so no one will know.
This is another lazy shot. Climb those stairs, you’ll get some exercise and maybe a good photo to prove you’re cultured.
This photo is like a busy party with too much alcohol – not enough focus and too many bright colours. Narrow it down, crop it, do whatever, just make it less crowded, I have a headache from just looking at it.
Do you have any off-the-wall guidance for photo-taking that we should add to the mix?