So you want to be the next Ansel Adams? Well, me too. I’m certainly not going to guarantee that these tips will get you to an Adams status, but I bet you will see some improvement after using them.

Photography, just like anything else, takes practice. It takes practice to get to know your camera, to understand your ISO, aperture, and shutter speed settings, and to develop an eye on how to frame a shot. I am by no means an expert, and I still have a lot to learn, but I do know that these tips will set you in the right direction. So, first things first:

1. Get that camera out!

It seems simple but sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do! You can’t take any pictures if your camera is hidden safely away in its camera bag. Break that thing out… all the time. Going for a hike? Take your camera. Just taking a walk? Take your camera. Skiing? Take the darn camera.

Once your out there make sure your camera is somewhere within reach… like around your neck. Is it the most comfortable thing ever? Maybe not. But I can guarantee that you will take more pictures with your camera in your hands instead of in a bag.

2. Take way too many pictures.

Be that person. You know what person I’m talking about. The one in the group who is taking a million and one photos; the one that everyone likes to complain about, but then they’re secretly excited to see their pictures pop up on Facebook. Yea that person.

Sometimes you have to take 100 photos to get 1 that you really like, which is all the more reason to take more photos. Not only are you more likely to get a good one out of the batch, but you’re also getting more practice. And don’t worry about being annoying–they’re going to love your pictures later.

3. Focus on something.

Having a focal point in a picture is usually more appealing to the eye. Before you take your picture, figure out what you find most appealing about that shot. Why are you taking this picture in the first place; what attracted you to it? Then, once you’ve figured out what is the most interesting part of the photo, focus on it!

When you are intentional about finding a focal point, it will show in your picture.

4. Don’t forget the details.

When you’re outdoors, it may be easy to get lost in the big picture. Panoramas that extend into forever, mountains that seem to create waves from the earth, waterfalls that drop from the Heavens–yea all of those things are great and photo-worthy, but so are the little things.

The mushrooms growing out of the stump, or the flowers blooming from the trees can hold just as much beauty as the mountaintop views. Don’t forget the little guys when you’re out and about. I find that they usually create some of the most beautiful pictures!

5. Have fun!

Seriously, have fun! Don’t beat yourself up about becoming the next big thing. Just enjoy capturing the beauty of the outdoors. When you take that pressure off of yourself, that’s usually when the magic happens!

So get out there and take a picture of a flower or something. I bet it will be the best flower picture I’ve ever seen.

# Comments

  • mtbgreg1

    Awesome tips Kelley! Thanks for sharing!

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