10 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE BEGINNER
1. Shoot close to sunrise and sunset to achieve more balanced exposures.
Shooting during the harsh daylight produces very contrasty light, and it’s difficult to capture details in both the shadow and highlight areas. If there’s one thing you take away from this guide it should be this!
2. Compose an image to exclude more and include less.
Remove any element that doesn’t add to the image. Simplicity is often the key!
3. Shoot in RAW format for maximum quality if you’ll be doing any post-processing.
This is really a big deal!
4. Switch to manual focus, focus one-third of the way into a scene, and do not use the smallest aperture of the lens (e.g. f/22).
Instead use at least 2–3 stops up from the smallest opening in order to achieve sharper images.
5. Use a remote cable release or the self timer in addition to a tripod to increase sharpness.
This makes such a big different especially when long exposures are required! To increase sharpness even further, engage the camera’s mirror lock-up feature if it comes with one.