How to Use Your Camera Like a Pro

Mastering you camera and taking beautiful photos everyone loves is a lot like golf. When I first started taking “golf” lessons I couldn’t even hit the ball straight. I was so bad I had to yell “fore” at the driving range! I was terrible…

But my instructor thought differently.

He kept telling me that all I had to do was change my swing by one centimeter. He assured me that with this change I’d improve my game drastically.

Mastering photography is the same. 

When I first started taking photos I would take picture after picture after picture but I was never satisfied with the results. No matter what new technique I tried my photos still looked the same.

A Simple Change Made A Dramatic Difference

One day, bored and frustrated at my camera, I started flipping through my camera manual. Hours passed and I was still flipping through it. Thirsty for more information I went online and devoured everything I could find.

The next day I tried these new techniques on how to use my camera the RIGHT way. And to my surprise I actually saw a difference. This simple change in my approach to photography literally transformed my photos overnight.

If you’re struggling, shot after shot, to take good photos then you definitely need to absorb the following camera techniques I’m about to show you.

Are You Exposing Your Photos Correctly?

It’s so easy to set your camera to the “auto” mode and start taking photos. And therein lies the problem. By using auto mode (Even the semi auto modes like aperture or shutter priority) you’re taking shortcuts in your photography.

These shortcuts keep you from making that one centimeter change that is the most important.

Three Steps to Overcoming Blurry, Too Dark, or Overexposed Photos

Step 1: Know Your Camera

To take your photos to the next level you need to have a solid understanding of how your camera works.

You want your camera to be like a second hand. 

Whether you have a point and shoot camera or a high tech digital SLR, you should know how to work your camera with “homer simpson” ease. This means knowing every buttons function, how to control focus, exposure settings, etc without even thinking about it.

Step 2: Understand What these 3 Terms Mean and How to Use Them

There are three required terms you must know in photography.

  1. Shutter Speed
  2. Aperture
  3. ISO

If you don’t know what any of these three terms mean, don’t worry for the moment.

Step 3: Focus, Focus, Focus….

Nothing screams “beginner” and “bad photographer” more than a blurry photo.

Clarity in your photo is determined by many things. The biggest factor that comes to play is YOU and how you use your camera. A high mega pixel camera can only go so far at making your photos sharp.

To take sharp, focused photos you should follow these simple tips:

1. Use a Tripod for longer exposures and dark areas - A tripod will prevent camera shake and blur that results. In low light settings, it’s a must.

2. Manually focus the image -One day while taking photos at a party I was fed up with automatic focus, switched to manual, and haven’t looked back since.  Automatic focus has its use….but it isn’t very often for the pro photographer.

3. Zoom in as close as possible to the subject…then focus - Zoom in as close as you can to the subject your photographing and then focus the image. After you are positive the subject is perfectly focused, zoom out to the shot you want. (This will generally work only for SLR cameras)

4. Correctly set the shutter speed and aperture

Making the Leap from Novice to Master

The hardest part in learning anything is making the leap from “average” to ‘Greatness”. It’s what keeps 99% of people from achieving what they want out of life.

If you’re still reading this then you’re not like most beginners that search for the solution but run away when they find it.

No pro photographer mastered photography over the internet. Take these tips you learned and start trying them out.

And if you’re serious about photography be sure to sign up for my Free Photo 101 Report.

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About Simon Takk

Simon Takk, author of The Blueprint: Photo Techniques From A-Z, shows others how to open their eyes to the breathtaking photo opportunities all around them. Get his FREE photo tips and tricks and train your eyes to see like a PRO now! Just click here.