15 Ways You Can Improve Your Photography This Year

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As the New Year begins and now that you’ve probably got brand new gear after the holidays, take a look at these quick tips on improving your photography.

Become a Master of Backlighting

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Crop, Crop, Crop

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Focus on Subject Matter

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Manually Select Your Focusing Point

Pro Tip: Manual focus lenses are best used by looking at an area, quickly figuring out how far your subject is, setting that distance on the lens, bringing the camera to your eye, touching up the focus, and shooting.  In the end, it's also quite a rewarding experience to know that you've nailed the shot.

Pro Tip: Manual focus lenses are best used by looking at an area, quickly figuring out how far your subject is, setting that distance on the lens, bringing the camera to your eye, touching up the focus, and shooting.
In the end, it’s also quite a rewarding experience to know that you’ve nailed the shot.

Slow Down

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Use Flash to Mimic the Look of Natural Light

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Use Straightening Tools

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Spend an Entire Year With One Focal Length

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Learn All About White Balancing Off of a Gray Spot

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Get Low and Shoot from the Hip

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Realize That Photography Isn’t All About the Bokeh

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Go Do Long Exposures

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Create a Photo Series With a Story Board

Pro Tip: the latest emulsions of Kodak Portra were designed to be scanned. We recommend Portra 400 more than almost anything else out there.

Pro Tip: the latest emulsions of Kodak Portra were designed to be scanned. We recommend Portra 400 more than almost anything else out there.

Learn to Read Body Language to Capture Better Candids

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Keep Your Camera Sensor Clean

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