fashion and nature photographer Satish V. has shared with us his photography techniques, which will teach you basic skills at the comfort of your home and improve your photography hobby during — and after — quarantine.
Turn Photo Taking into a Hobby With These Photography Techniques
1. Practice Your Composition
You can practice composition with almost anything you have at home. Keep in mind, though, that most of the subjects you’ll find will be stationary, and you won’t improve much if you are photographing the same thing over and over again. Try practicing composition on non-stationary subjects such as your spouse, kids, parents, pets – anything that breathes and moves around the house. You might annoy them a bit, but they will eventually get used to it. Since they will be unpredictable and moving around all the time, you’ll have to constantly re-adjust to compose properly, thereby sharpening your composition skills. You can almost do the same with stationary objects but try to compose the shot as quickly as possible, this time. And, of course, after each shot you can alternate between several objects just so that you don’t get too used to the angle and position.
3. Know your camera
The longer you have your camera in your hand, the more you learn the button locations and configuration through muscle memory. For photographers who work outside of the studio setting, this photography techniques are really important. You need to know where every button is at all times without even thinking about it. You can achieve this just by holding and using your camera as much as possible. So, use your camera at home and try to change as many of the settings as possible during that practice period in order to get used to the feel, position, and configuration of the buttons. You need to be able to change every setting on your camera without looking at it. This will help you use and set up the camera faster, helping you get more shots in a shorter period of time.
5. Improve your editing skills
You will do most of the editing at home anyway, but when you aren’t on the job and you have nothing else to do, it would be wise to do some editing. You can always research new ways of editing something, new processes, and maybe even different workflows. This way, you will gain experience in that field and possibly improve the quality of your images and post-processing techniques. Additionally, this will help you optimize your workflow by getting you used to it and by eliminating any workflow bottlenecks you may have.