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7 Things Every Photographer Should Know

Saying there is a lot to learn about photography is an understatement. You could spend your whole life learning about photography and if it is truly a passion of yours, I encourage you to do just that.

I have been on my photography journey for almost 8 years and I continue to learn new things. I am always amazed to talk with other photographers when we share how we edit or how we find light. It’s amazing to see the world through their eyes.

However, I do think there are some key elements that you need to know as a photographer.

Yes! Definitely things that are important for photographers to know. Lots of great tips and links to in depth tutorials. via Click it Up a Notch

  • No.
    01
    White balance

    All too often, when we start our photography journey we notice that our images have a yellow tint to them and can’t figure out why. This is due to your white balance. Incorrect white balance can affect your image from the skin tones of your subject to making the whole image feel off.

    There are several ways to set your white balance and there is a range of “correct” white balance tones for your image. Some photographers prefer a warmer image and some a cooler image but either way there is still a range of what is considered correct.

    Read more: White balance: Comparing different methods

  • No.
    02
    Playing with shadows

    Learning to see and use light properly is extremely important but learning to play with shadows in your images is important too. Shadows add depth and dimension to your images while drawing your viewer into your subjects.

    Shadows are also a wonderful way to eliminate distractions in the image that may pull your viewer away from your subject.

    Read more: Low light photography tips

  • No.
    03
    Quick edit

    Whether you love to edit or not, I believe a photographer needs to know how to complete a quick edit on their work. You don’t want to get stuck spending 30 minutes messing with each image you take. One of the best ways to achieve a quick edit is by being able to properly capture a well exposed image in camera.

    Read more: Lightroom workflow tutorial

  • No.
    04
    When to not push their subjects

    For many of us, our children are our subjects. When asked each day to take a picture our children can tire of this request and develop what is often called “photographer’s child syndrome”. We joke around about it but it’s true. If you child runs when you pick up the camera then it may be time to give them a break and practice on your food photography.

    Read more: 8 ways to avoid photographer’s child syndrome

  • No.
    05
    Their photography style

    Now this one comes with time and isn’t something you can figure out overnight. In fact, even if you have figured out your photography style you may notice that it evolves over time. This is completely normal. The importance is that you are looking at your work and figuring out how to make sure your voice is hear in your images.

    There are several exercises you can do to help you narrow down your photography style.

    Read more: The Styled Photographer

  • No.
    06
    Take a self portrait

    I can just hear your moans. This is something I am a firm believer in. Getting in front of the camera is a challenge. I get it. But do it for your children. We spend way too much time behind the camera and I bet if you went through your photos from this year you are not in a lot. And if you are, it’s probably a snapshot you asked someone to take. You don’t have the photos of your daily routines and your little moments.

    If you need some encouragement, I’ve teamed up with Megan Cieloha and we host a weekly self portrait challenge on Instagram called #portraitsofme. Check out my Instagram page, @clickitupanotch for more details.

    Read more: Photography project idea: Portraits of Me

    8 things every photographer should know via clickitupanotch.com

  • No.
    07
    Tell a story with your photos

    “If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.” Lewis Hine

    Why do you take photos? Is it so you have an image of something you know our memories will fail us and forget? That is one of my main reasons. That is why I think it’s important to be able to tell a story with your photo.

    Read more: 3 ways to tell your story with pictures not words

    8 things every photographer should know via clickitupanotch.com

4 Comments
  • Tracy Pastorak
    March 17, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Love this list! Thank you!

  • Patricia Partin
    March 17, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    One of the biggest mistakes a beginning photographer makes is to ignore the simple rule of thirds. Only after understanding and mastering this can you ignore it at times and still have a great photo. The trick is knowing when to ignore it. Also, I am not a fan of many vacation photos, you know the type. You are invited to look at uncle Joe and aunt Meg’s Grand Canyon vacation photos. Evey single one is with your relatives standing front and center with barely a smidgeon of the canyon showing around them.

  • Patricia Partin
    March 17, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    I wanted to add about positioning your subject. Do you want a flower pot or lamp pole seemingly growing out of your subject’s head?

    I once saw a photo of some cute kids. But unfortunately, a motorcycle parked a few feet behind them was reflecting the strong sunlight. Invariably your eye was continually drawn to the motorcycle and ignoring the shot’s focus, the kids.

  • Tanya Lefebvre
    March 20, 2017 at 4:39 AM

    Thanks Courtney! This was great😊

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