Carry your camera everywhere!

If it's going to university or just into town, it doesn't matter whether digital or analog, I often carry a camera around with me. Not having a camera with me, I feel like I'm missing so many moments! This doesn't mean just having it in your bag, but actively carrying it in your hand!


1. You are way more aware of your surroundings

Whenever I have a camera in my hand, I am actively looking around for things to photograph. Be it an interesting play between light & shadow, or the person crossing the street. Your senses heighten and you become aware of so many new things. Your everyday boring walk to work suddenly becomes a playground for your creativity!

Amazing light at castle Neuschwanstein, this only lasted for roughly 10 minutes.


2. The less gear you carry, the more photos you can take

Think about it, if you are bringing 2 camera bodies, 4 lenses and a tripod, how will you be able to quickly take a photo? You'll probably want to set up your tripod, change lenses and adjust your camera so much, that you miss a lot of shots. That's why its easier, if you walk around with a minimalistic camera setup. For me, this means walking around with just one camera body and a fixed focal length lens (Prime) attached to it. In this case, your feet are eventually becoming your zoom lens. Don't spend all your energy on lugging gear around, rather take great photographs with the gear you own.

Just imagine the best moments appearing right in front of your eyes (this amazing fog in Vienna) and you not having your camera with you.


3. "Your first 10000 photographs are your worst." 

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

This one is pretty self explanatory. The more quality pictures you take, the better you will get at photography. 


I hope you have enjoyed this little tips, and have fun reading some more blogposts:

5 Reasons why you should try out film photography

 

ME:

I love to sometimes just leave my digital camera at home, and only take a film camera with me. In the streets, I basically only shoot on film - it just feels right to me. It inspires me in a way that digital doesn't.

Here are my top 10 reasons, why you should pick up a film camera and start shooting:


1. Film photography slows you down

When you load your camera with film, you are normally able to take 36 pictures until you need to reload. When you only have 36 pictures, you don't wanna mess those up. There is no spraying around with your shutter and just filling up your memory card with average pictures.


2. Look

You can shoot film, because you simply like the look of it. All those fancy presets in Lightroom all try to emulate that "film look", which never looks as good or as organic as shooting on real film. For b&w film, I for example enjoy shooting HP5 ++, because it gives me that lovely contrast between shadow and light that I am looking for. 

3. It teaches you to see light

By shooting on film, you have no screen where you can check your exposure, no way to see how your image will look in the end. You most probably have a light meter built into the camera, with which you can then determine how you expose your image. You need to envision your image ahead of time, which definitely teaches you to understand light more. You become more aware of light, which is essential for photography. 

4. It's relatively cheap

Just think about it, compared to digital, film photography is pretty cheap. You can easily get a film camera for about 10$ on Ebay, and a roll of film will usually cost you about 5$ . Analog cameras are future proof. You basically never need another camera in your life! It's not like in the digital world, where a new camera comes out every other week, and the old one becomes obsolete.


5. The Element of surprise

In the end of the day, you can't just pop the SD card into your laptop and have a look at your photos You mostly need to wait several days until you get your pictures developed.

While it can be hard to start out, it quickly makes you become more confident while photographing, but also leaves space for imagination, for hoping that that shot you just took will look the way you envisioned it, or even better.  The time you are waiting for your pictures makes you reflect on your work more. You become distanced to the pictures you took just then, and you can have a look at them with a fresh mind a few days later. - Some photographers even waited a year to develop their rolls and have a look back at them, to be the least objective and select the best images. 

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I hope you enjoyed these 5 reasons blog! Shooting on film is absolutely my highest recommendation, keep hustling!

3 Editing Tips in Lightroom

 

Change the Background Colour

Right clicking on the background in Lightroom let's you change its colour. I like changing it to either white or black, I have stopped using the medium grey at all. Viewing the picture with different background colours makes you see everything different, the picture becomes more contrasty with a white background, while having a black background helps you work on your shadows and blacks. This can also help you to envision how your picture will look depending on where you want to publish it. If it's on Instagram, everybody will see your picture on white, if you want to put it on your website, maybe the background is black?


Don't clip your photos

Clipping is when parts of your image go full black or white. In these parts, there is no information stored anymore, which one generally wants to avoid. To activate the clipping warning, just click the respective buttons on the histogram, the one on the left for blacks, the one on the right for whites. Complete blacks will turn blue, and whites will turn red. The clipping can be used as an indicator as to how to expose your image properly. Of course, there is sometimes cases where you want your image to burn out (a window for example), where this can also be used as a guide. 


Use Ratings for your images

Before I start editing, I choose the pictures I like the most, by giving them star ratings. This way I can easily sort out less good photos and the great ones I want to edit. You can easily give star ratings by just using the numbers on the top of the keyboard (1-5 stars). After selecting you can then view the photos after their rating and start editing!


I hope you have enjoyed these little tips and remember you can download some of my RAW files and have some fun editing HERE

How to learn composition with Lightroom

 

Composition can make or break your photo, so here are some tips about how you can train your eyes.
An easy way to improve your composition in photography is using the available overlay inside Lightroom's crop tool. You can overlay anything from the rule of thirds, golden triangles, and the golden spiral. To use these, just go to the crop tool when developing a photo (shortcut: "r") and then use "o" to cycle through the grids. The rule of thirds should be the standard grid. But that's not all! You can also rotate the overlays by using "shift+o"
Here are some of the most common compositional guidelines:


Rule of Thirds

(Most cameras also allow you to have this overlay on your screen)
Using these guides, the subject can be aligned on the points where the lines intersect (called a Power Point/Crash Point) to achieve a pleasing composition. You can also use the lines to frame your horizon, or lay points of interests on them. 


Golden Triangles

Here, the image is divided into a series of triangles. Using the golden triangle composition rule, the subject is fitted into one of the triangles, and you can have your diagonals in your photo follow the lines of the triangles. This way you can create a very dynamic composition.

Henri Cartier-Bresson - Martine's Legs, 1968


Golden Spiral

This method is widely used in paintings, architecture and photography. It comes from realising, that a golden ratio often appears throughout nature, a design that is very pleasing to the human eye. The spiral should lead you through the image to the most important point, the sweet point of the golden spiral. Just look at this example, straight out of nature:


Apply these techniques to your photos to learn about composition, so next time you don't need to crop your photo in post, but shoot your pictures the right way from the beginning on (I basically never crop my photos). Also, keep in mind that these are not rules you HAVE to frame your images by. There is always good exceptions and rules are meant to be broken.