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Very Simple Techniques to Amp Your Photography Skills

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The social media game has definitely changed from merely updating your status with thoughts, feelings, or how the weather is.  Today, words are not enough. Sometimes, a picture does a better way of saying what you want as opposed to composing a lengthy post that nobody really has the patience to read. After all, a picture is already worth a thousand words.

That being said, photography has turned into a day-to-day necessity and not just a skill limited to professionals. While the average person may not go as far as covering a wedding or documenting an event, a well-captured snapshot of your OOTD or “outfit of the day” or even of what you are eating has become a commonplace, especially for Instagram and Pinterest aficionados.

Well-curated social media profiles are praised and rewarded in the form of likes and followers. Those who can aptly and creatively capture the world around them tend to draw a loyal audience that anticipates what their next eye-candy upload will be.

You can start developing your skills by making the use of your phone. Today, different brands are in competition over which model can take the best photos. Now, if you own a camera phone that has around 8 megapixels, that’s already workable. A higher megapixel count isn’t always better nor is it needed. This is a myth that consumers need to open their eyes to, so stop buying the newest releases just because they advertise a higher megapixel count.

Here are three simple techniques you can apply to get the best out of your mobile camera:

  1. Instead of zooming, crop.

Actually, just pretend that the zoom option doesn’t even exist. Images start to degrade at the most minimal zoom option. Much of the fine detail would be lost and what’s left would be muddled in the most undesirable way. But when you crop, you retain a substantial amount of resolution that makes it worthy of the upload.

  1. Set filters aside and manually edit.

Filters are the easiest and most common way to prettify photos, but they end up looking unoriginal and overrated. You’re probably so used to seeing the same filters that you can accurately identify which ones are used. A better way of actually doing justice to your shots is learning how to manually edit and enhance them. This may entail a bit of a learning curve, but your photos will be treated with a bit more respect and you actually highlighting the right elements in the process. Try popular and trusted editing apps like iPhoto, Snapseed, or Photoshop Express.

  1. Stop “flashing” everything.

Unless you want to look like a character from the Simpsons, stop making everyone look like they have jaundice. False advertising tries to make people believe that having the flash feature makes for best photos. Sure, if you just want to capture the moments you have in the dark or indoors, then actually showing up in the picture is more important than getting shadowy silhouettes. But if you want to get good close-up beauty shots, then look for another light source. Flashes are merely sensationalized mini LED lights that are placed too close to the camera and are responsible for giving you demon eyes.

These three tips are perhaps the most basic ones that lots of people still don’t know about. What this teaches us is that the easiest ways of taking and editing photos aren’t the best. Even the most skilled photographers had to invest lots of time and practice into getting the craft right. Start by applying these three techniques, and you’ll actually notice major improvements in the quality of your photos.

Emilo Jesaya

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