The Phoblographer’s Best Useful Photography Tips for 2014

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Every now and then, we will publish a small but useful and effective tip in our series called Useful Photography Tips. With the year rounding down to a close and lots of you about to go on a holiday, we hope that you’ll be picking up your cameras and getting out there to shoot.

To help you along the way, keep in mind these many useful photography tips.

The Secrets Behind Making Your Images Look Sharper: The create a sharper image, you’ll need to begin with proper in-camera procedures and the most important thing of all: to use a flash or monolight. There is a lot to do before you even begin to work in post-production

What They Will Never Teach You in College: Being a photographer involves doing a lot more than just taking photos. In fact, most pros don’t spend most of their time behind the camera. They’re often very busy running a business.

– Improving Macro Photography By Using a Flash: Getting better macro photos should be done by using a flash and not cranking up the ISO setting. This way, you can achieve clearer and more crisp images.

Why Beginners Think About Flash All Wrong: Many beginner photographers think that you should shoot a flash with it facing forward our bouncing it off of a wall to add in extra fill light. But they’re thinking about it all wrong. The best way to think about using a flash is to create a light source that doesn’t exist in your scene.

The Easiest Way to Get Catchlights in the Eyes: Catch lights in the eyes make a subject’s eyes stand out more and draws attention to the overall person. Getting them right can be tough to do though unless you have a ring flash. We teach you how to do a better job.

–  How to Make a Background Go to Pure White: One of the oldest methods of making a background go to pure white involves using many lights. Amazon recently put a patent on this method, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t do it.

How to Make an Image Look Sharper Than it Really Is in 30 seconds: This tip builds on our initial sharpness tip that involves proper in-camera procedures. However, we focus more on using Lightroom here.

Use a Variable ND Filter to Fake the Look of a Faster Shutter Speed When Using a Flash: The method of overpowering the sun can’t be done with every flash or monolight. So what photographers have been doing for years is using a variable ND filter.

The Best Skill That You Will Learn as You Become More Advanced is Metering: The single most important technical thing in photography is to learn how to meter correctly according to how your camera’s sensor works.

How to Photograph Steam from a Coffee/Tea Cup: Getting the perfect coffee photo starts with creating strong contrast and having the right lighting in the situation to start.

Don’t Just Point a Flash at a Ceiling: Though your flash is designed to be pointed straight up at the ceiling, we want to recommend that you never do that when illuminating a subject in front of you. Instead, do the method presented in this tutorial.

Why You Need at Least an 85mm Lens for Portraits: When it comes to taking portraits of someone, the most respectful thing that you can do to make them look flattering is to use a focal length with the least distortion and that compresses the scene to make them look their very best.