Tell me if this sounds familiar…
You spend countless hours learning about photography and practicing taking photos.
And though you occasionally get results that make you think, “Wow, I did that!” more often than not, you’re left thinking, “Geez, that’s not as good as I hoped.”
We’ve all been there, even some of the greatest photographers to ever live.
But that doesn’t mean that you should be complacent and just accept that some of your images won’t be up to snuff.
There’s plenty that we can all do to give our images a bit of a boost, but rather than trying to list them all and completely overwhelming you, I’ve picked out four things that you can do right now, today, that will have a positive impact on the photos you create.
Focus on Lighting
Obviously, the photos you take need to have good lighting to be successful. That’s the easy part.
The hard part is ensuring that you get the lighting as close to ideal in-camera as you can get.
Your camera’s light meter is designed to “read” the light in a scene and strive to make it neutral gray. Though this process works well in many instances, sometimes your light meter can get it wrong.
For example, if you’re photographing a wintery landscape like the one above that has a lot of white, the light meter will think that the scene is extremely bright and try to darken the image. The result is snow that looks gray instead of white.
Conversely, if you’re photographing a very dark scene, the camera’s meter will read it as being too dark and try to lighten it, again, making everything look gray.
To get around this problem, you can use your camera’s exposure compensation feature.
Essentially, exposure compensation allows you to manually override what the camera’s meter thinks should happen. So, if the image is too dark, you can dial in positive exposure compensation to brighten the image. If it’s too bright, you can dial in negative exposure compensation to darken it.
If you aren’t sure how to use exposure compensation, check out the video above by Mike Browne.