8 PRACTICES TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILL IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is just like any other skills were there are individuals who excel at it naturally and have a fantastic eye. Most people develop their photographic skill by taking hundreds and thousands of photographs. So here are some base on experience tips and practices that may help you to improve your skill in photography.

  1. Be open-minded, Do not limit the power of your imagination.

Creating a great photo does not only rely into basic principles and rules of photography. Some photographers like to push themselves to discover more about photography like breaking its rules to expand their imagination to create a fresh to the eyes image. Although sticking into the rules and principles of photography is a safe technique but if you want to standout in a massive numbers of photographers nowadays you have to be unique.

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This are some of example of breaking the rules in photography. Do not be afraid to expand your imagination just like this. I put my subject in the center of the image to against the rule of third.

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  1. Know your intention when taking a photo.

Some of the co-artist and audiences may not merely look at your photo. They will also look at what is behind the image to interpret it. That is why before taking a photo you have to take some time to think of what are you trying to show and make sure that the message of the image is concise in order not to confuse the audiences because your intention will going to dictate what and how will your output become.

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my intention with this photo is to show the man at the back which is the father of the child in the foreground.
  1. Challenge yourself every day.

If you have a goal to achieve, you have to strive for it by preparing yourself for the day to day challenges. Challenges make you stronger and failure makes you better so do not be afraid of the challenges. Take the step to go out of your comfort zone because in photography you will not going to learn if you will not going to practice and execute on what have you learn and just rely on your knowledge that you learn from books or online tutorials. Practice may not make you perfect but it will help you to be fully-equipped and ready to face the challenges that may occur without any notice.

  1. If you are tired of shooting low, try shooting on what is above you.

Different angles would give a different perspective to your subject that will make you unique and leave a mark to your audiences. There are two angles that you can use to improve your photo: High Angle is use when you have a multiple elements in your frame while the Low Angle is use when you have a dominant foreground that will interest the viewers.

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I hope this will not confuse you. I just want to show you what is the difference between shooting lower and higher angle.
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This is an example of higher angle. Try to differentiate it from the first image.

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  1. Make use of your surroundings.

Everything in your surroundings can be a subject. It only needs a few modifications to improve your shot. Start with picking a common subject as an example then take a normal shot of the subject. Now intentionally underexpose and overexpose the image. Shoot it from top and bottom. The stronger the connection between your subject and its environment, the stronger the message and the image is more appealing to the eyes.

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  1. Try to look in a different view.

Same view all the time makes the audience bored, so try shooting a different view from time to time. There are three types of view that may help you: The Dog’s View is a shooting strategy which is lower than the human’s eye level that usually a photographer is viewing the subject in a squat position or lying in the ground to capture just like the dog’s perspective view to the subject. The Eye’s view which is the usual standing and the camera in human eye level position while shooting the subject, and The Bird’s View is when shooting higher than the human’s eye level which the photographer is sitting or in standing position.

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An example of Dog’s View. I took the shot while I was lying on the ground.
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An example of an Eye level view. The subject may look higher than me because he is in an elevated stage.
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An example of the Bird’s eye view. This shot is taken when I am standing in a tree.
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This photo may not be in the three kinds of view but this is what I am talking about different views.

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  1. If you are bored shooting ordinary view every day, make it extra ordinary sometimes.

Whenever you experience unusual event in your daily routine, try to capture that moment. Most of the stunning photos are those unexpected ones. This will help you cement your expertise and expand your visual vocabulary.

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When I was riding a train and accidentally step in the women’s section. It feels awkward but i tried to take my camera and shot it. This may not be extraordinary shot but this is unusual for me.
  1. Never stop learning.

Photography is a lifetime process, every day we learn new things. Never be contented on what you learn from books, magazines or in online tutorials sometimes you have to learn and discover it from yourself. Just remember that with time and repeated photographs, you should be able to see improvement.

GOOD LUCK AND I HOPE THIS HELP YOU. NOW GO OUT AND SHOOT!!!

Makati City a Victim of Kindness

Philippines is blessed of many things to be treasure, one of it is the weather that most equatorial countries experienced. Each weather conditions has its own advantages and disadvantages that most people may prefer it or not. In urban areas farmers and other agricultural constituent part may take their opportunities to harvest their planted crops during sunny days and wait for another rain to fall to water their newly planted seeds while in rural areas such as Makati City it would be a great disaster to those people working in any establishments. A few drops of rain would create a big mess that would ruin all government and public workers not only in Makati but also in some rural places.

Commuting to a floating Styrofoam is one way of traveling going to your place in Makati during rainy days and the fare is kind of expensive, it triples the ordinary fare of any public vehicles but if you are lucky to have an inflated lifeboat then you are save. If you do not want to spend some money or you do not have an inflated lifeboat then you have no choice but to walk in the 3-4 feet of waste water that contains all kind of waste from bio degradable, non-biodegradable and including animals and human wastes.

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This is just one of the day to day problem of all people living in this place and it should be address to all the concern persons to establish a solution, because everyone is affected to this kind of circumstances. It needs an action to be done as fast as they can to minimize its great effects.

This kindness that is spared to us should also be treasured, it maybe a tragic or not it is still a blessings. We may consider it as a problem but we all know that we are just being tested and every problem there is always a solution, you just have to think and act for it.

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students are struggling in the flood going to their houses.
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students grabbing tightly their school paraphernalia to save from getting wet.
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the other means of transportation during floods in these areas.
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pumping the inflatable boat to transfer safely their employees.

Discovering the Unseen Magnificence of Quiapo: The Unforgettable Experience

I set my phone to alarm at exactly 4:00 in the morning because I will meet my friends at exactly 5:00 am to attend the photo walk at Quiapo, Manila. Suddenly, I did not notice any vibration or noise that would wake me up because of being drunk last night with my friends celebrating his farewell party. So when I saw the sunlight that stricken in my window makes my whole nerves startled, it jolted my whole body to wake up and my hand was like crawling its own to look for my phone. I was shocked when I opened my phone and saw the time and it is already 5:00 in the morning. I was planning to cancel it, but I do not want to miss the opportunity and what would my friends think of about me. I bolted to stood up, went to the bathroom and do the 2 minutes shower. With my reddish and sleepy eyes I arrived at the meeting place 20 minutes late.

Quiapo, Manila is 9 kilometers far from Makati City and 18 minutes travel within current traffic. We rode a jeepney to Taft Avenue and transfer to another jeepney going to Quiapo. We arrived in the place earlier that we thought because it is still early in Saturday morning and the traffic is not yet heavy.

When we set our foot at the tinted cement in front of the famous Quiapo Church, the journey as a street photographer begun. Luckily, even without enough sleep, I manage to capture the beauty of Quiapo. I hope you will like it guys.

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