5 tips to improve your photos... big time

Many attendants to our photography workshops tell us that they often find cool motives but end up frustrated because they just can't depict them nicely. No wonder. Photography is a language on its own and you need to know its vocabulary, grammar, expressions… to be able to express yourself using it. 

Some time is needed to learn a language, so let’s take a shortcut and focus on five nice and easy tips that can make your pictures look way nicer, ok?

1.- Keep it simple

Photo tip 1: Keep it simple / Photo: Tomás Correa
Photo tip 1: Keep it simple / Photo: Tomás Correa

Only use elements in your compositions that add value to the image. If they don’t add, they subtract! So remember, leave all the unnecessary stuff out.

2 Include a main element

Photo tip 2: Include a main element / Photo: Tomás Correa
Photo tip 2: Include a main element / Photo: Tomás Correa

This is slightly related to the prior tip, but now, instead of considering what to leave out, is about what to make stand out. Think always of what’s important to you in a given scene and highlight it. Pictures without a clear main element often end up being a mess.

3 Look for diagonals 

Photo tip 3: Look for diagonals / Photo: Tomás Correa
Photo tip 3: Look for diagonals / Photo: Tomás Correa

Photography is a boring medium. It’s 2D, there’s no motion, there’s no sound… You need to make your images catchy! Diagonal lines add dynamism to your photos, so look for them and include them in your pictures.

4 Shoot in manual mode

Photo tip 4: Shoot in manual mode / Photo: Claudia Tluk (Workshop participant)
Photo tip 4: Shoot in manual mode / Photo: Claudia Tluk (Workshop participant)

This tip doesn’t have to do with composition. It has to do with going creative through technicalities. Leave the automatic mode aside and try combinations of aperture and shutter speed. With a slow shutter speed for instance you can achieve really nice effects on moving things.

5 Go black and white

Photo tip 5: Go black and white / Photo: Tomás Correa
Photo tip 5: Go black and white / Photo: Tomás Correa

You can also improve your images after you’ve taken them. Some pictures simply work way better in black and white. Reality comes in color, so turning a picture into black and white opens a world of conceptual possibilities. Explore them!

Tomás Correa