Everyone wants to get the most outstanding photos, and everyone can achieve that. You don’t need to buy the latest camera or even buying the most expensive lens to get the BEST results! It is true that the good equipment give good results, but that doesn’t mean you need to buy the latest in the market to get the most awesome photos!
If you have a very good camera with a working shutter, then you’re ready to go!
Consider these points if you want to get real good photos:
- Walk into an Art Museum: Try to observe how other photographers see, by watching their photos. I do believe that each photographer has a third eye, but most photographers don’t have the same third eye. Each photographer has a different perspective in taking photos, you’ll be amazed when someone gives you two photos (for two different photographers) for the same place! You take look at the first photo then you say:”Oh my god! This photo is so beautiful, breath-taking!”, then you look at the second photo and you go like:”Uh, it is just a normal photo!”. Simply, they were for the same place but they got different perspective.
- When you want to shoot something, have a look at it closely. Try to walk around it, think before you shoot. You can always shoot then preview the photo on the camera’s LCD. Put some effort; sometimes you need to add a little detail to an object to look better, and sometimes you need just to move the object to like 1cm to look even better!
- Use your Imagination: Using your imagination while shooting will help in making an outstanding photos and a perfect perspective; without your imagination the photos you take will look just normal, nothing special about them.
- Manual mode instead of Auto mode: yeah, you’re the one who create scenes; you’re the one who is taking photos; you’re the one who will create perspectives. It is you who take photos, not the camera. So, why doing it Auto? Don’t rely on Auto, because you will lack the taste in your own photos. After using the Manual mode for some time you’ll be able to see the light; you’ll be able to determine the shutter speed/aperture; you’ll be able to see shadows and shades! Because you’re the one who is going to shoot, not the camera, not anymore.
- Manual Focus instead of Auto Focus: you’ll see much better through the viewfinder. Use the zoom tool in your camera’s LCD to adjust the focus before you shoot. You’ll get the best results, even better than auto focusing.
- Use your Tripod: I usually get lazy to unfold my tripod to use it; and I usually end up with terrible shaky photos! Especially when you are using Manual mode and Manual focus, you will need a tripod to stabilize the camera.
There are many other points to mention for getting the best photos, but those are the main points to consider.
At last I want you to have a look at some photos that I took with my Argus 50mm f/3.5 lens (1950) I hacked it and I’m using it for my Canon 450D and 60D. It is really old, but you’ll be amazed on how sharp it is: (Photos have been resized to 1000px for width)