I actually created this initially to be an ebook to sell on ebay but i decided to just post it for people to read for free instead. Enjoy!
Intro: Hey there, my name is Josh. In this guide you will learn some simple little tips and tricks that will help you become a better photographer (if you’re already the best photographer in the world then just stop reading this right now). I am not saying that I will make you the best photographer in the world, an amazing photographer, or even a good photographer (you have to put in some effort too). But what I can tell you is that I can give you some nice little tips and tricks that can help you become a better photographer. A good basic overview of what I am about to teach you would be: having a camera, using software, photgraphing what you want to, using natural contrast to your advantage, I will teach you a trade secret that a good protion of photographers don’t even know, the dangers and advantages of using flash, how to get the best quality you can on a bright day, and the usage of colors and variety in your works. I hope you enjoy this guide on photography. And if you have any questions, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: My name is Josh, as you already know. But I, myself am not a professional photographer but it is one of my bigger hobbies. My friend who was a professional showed me some of what he knew and what helped him make money from his hobby. I, personally am a big fan of taking landscape pictures but I also enjoy other styles of pictures too, such as portraits, in-action, and even family photos when the time
Tips – Camera: Now, the first thing I will tell you is that you need a camera (this is photography as you know), and the better the camera the better the better the pictures (generally speaking). Now I will also tell you that you dont need some $800 camera to be able to start making money from your pictures. Start with a smaller scale. My first digital camera was a Fujifilm Finepix J29. It cost anywhere from $100-$140 (if you see any higher prices for it, it’s a ripoff). I used that camera to take my first pcitures that ever made me money. They didnt make me a fortune but it was a nice side-income.
Tips – Software: Another thing you should know is that you should have at least some picture editting software. Whether it’s a nice, fancy, expensive one, such as adobe photoshop or a free one, such as the one google offers called Picasa or another good free on is photoscape (those are my 2 favorite free ones, they are better than a lot of ones that you have to pay for), either way you NEED to have something! With the photo editting software you should be able to change contrast and other settings. Personally, I mess with the contrast a little. It adds extra “flavor” to the picture and by doing that, it adds a new dynamic.
Tips – What Interests You: Next, try to think of what YOU want to take pictures of, what interests YOU. If you go away from reading this guide, remembering nothing else, remember that if you are interested in a certain style of photos and photography, someone else is too. And usually there is a buyer, but the buyer also does always want the best product he can
get. But no matter what, you never make a right or wrong picture, just a picture that pleases or doesnt please someone.
Tips – Natural Contrast: And after that, you should know that natural contrast in the picture is very appealing to the human eye, therefore making the buyer want to take another look. Then making them have more of an inclination to buy it. Natural contrast is caused by the target that you are photographing contrasting with the background/surroundings of
the target. And of course, you want your picture to be appealing to someone who is thinking of buying it. And that is one way of doing it.
Tips – A Trade Secret: Well, now that I am done telling you that story, I can get back to the tips. Well, a trade secret that I will share with you is that people like the beach, the ocean, the sea, water, and they like the opposite, mountains, streams, hills, valleys, rivers. There is something about theses specific groups of pictures that give people a sense of being calm. I don’t know about you, but last time I went to the beach, I was relaxed. I just sat in my chair relaxing. Of course, I took some pictures while I was there but I was absolutely relaxed. And when people physically see pictures of something that they find calming, it helps calm them. It sends almost the same sensations to their brains as if they were there, as if they were actually able to feel it.
Tips – Lighting – the dangers and advantages of flash: Another tip for those of you who want the best picture possible, try to stay away from unneccessary flash because it discolors things in the picture and it moves the shadows and just screws thing up sometimes. But on other occassions, the flash is very helpful. It can add light and illuminate shadows to family or group portraits, or even to just single portraits. And of course, if you’re in the dark you’re going to want to use some light source, so the flash is fine there, but I recommend using the camera’s ISO setting, because the flash still discolors things in the dark.
Tips – Lighting – Bright days: As for another tip with lighting. If you are ever shooting on a bright day, it is best if you use your free hand to create shade over the lense of the camera, because otherwise the sun might cause a glare or it might make things too dark or too light. It just messes with the lighting in general.
Tips – Colors and Variety: Colors add so much to a scene. Some people like warm colors, others like dark colors, others like bright colors, and yet some like a mix of all of them, go figure. You can’t please everyone. But you can try by making your works be a variety of things rather than just photograhing flowers all day, go out and photograph a landscape, or
someone doing something, or even a picture of a friend doing some pose, whether classic or random. Whatever you choose to do!
Conclusion: Well, I have now shared some wisdom with you. I hope you liked reading this (or at least didnt completely dread it). I still am not a professional photographer, but I know some tips and tricks that I can share with the world. And so, I really hope you enjoyed this guide, as it is the first eBook I have ever written (now it’s an article on my website), and so I hope that itwas helpful to you. And I hope to publish even more helpful guides in the
not so distant future.
May the Lord Bless You and Your Photography!