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The Photography Advice Mega-List!

If you're an aspiring photographer, you will need all the best tips and advice that you can get to become an even better photographer. This list aims to provide you techniques on how you take good pictures with your camera.

1

Take your artwork outside to make use of natural light.

Take your artwork outside to make use of natural light.

One of the most difficult things to nail when taking a photograph is getting even lighting to your subject. This becomes a problem if you are shooting your artwork to be included in your portfolio for college. You need to show the small details that make your art stand out, which is why taking the artwork outside when natural light from the sun is present is ideal for this purpose.

2

If the sun is too bright, find shade to dial down the intensity of the artwork as it appears on your camera.

If the sun is too bright, find shade to dial down the intensity of the artwork as it appears on your camera.

Adjust the white balance if your camera has that option so that the whites are a light grey tone and the white does not appear to glow.

3

Make sure the camera is set to the appropriate lighting condition: sun or shade to have accurate color rendering.

Make sure the camera is set to the appropriate lighting condition: sun or shade to have accurate color rendering.
4

Watch for any shadows or glare.

Watch for any shadows or glare.
5

Take artwork out from behind any glass frames if possible.

Take artwork out from behind any glass frames if possible.

If there is glare coming off the art, try to position yourself and the art such that there is a dark background so that glare is avoided.

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If you wish to shoot your artwork indoors, choose a bright room or use powerful lights to avoid certain parts of your...

If you wish to shoot your artwork indoors, choose a bright room or use powerful lights to avoid certain parts of your...

The higher the wattage of the light, the more evenly the light will be distributed to your artwork.

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Position the camera so that there is no tilting and the artwork appears dead center on your camera lens and watch tha...

Position the camera so that there is no tilting and the artwork appears dead center on your camera lens and watch tha...

Watch that the edges of the artwork are parallel to the edges of the view finder or use perspective control if you have that option in your camera’s menu.

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If you’re not sure on how to manually set up your camera for the shot, setting it up on auto-focus should be fine.

If you’re not sure on how to manually set up your camera for the shot, setting it up on auto-focus should be fine.

However, you may use the magnifier option with manual focus to ensure that the lines are all crisp–push the magnifying lens icon two times and then set the focus to be crisp. Push the shutter release or view finder flip to revert to the normal view.

9

Consider bracketing your shots: this means to take a few shots with different exposures, selecting one F-stop above a...

Consider bracketing your shots: this means to take a few shots with different exposures, selecting one F-stop above a...
10

Correct the image using features in your camera.

Correct the image using features in your camera.

For instance, use exposure compensation feature to edit the picture if it’s too dark or light. It depends on the features and the naming conventions in your camera.