Anyone can pick up a camera and press the button. They might even have an eye for capturing beautiful shots.

But to take it to the next level – to master the art of nailing it every time – there are certain things every photographer really should learn.

What are those things?

So rather than reinvent the wheel, we’re going to share their post here (with permission) so you can read for yourself about the 15 things every photographer should know.

It’s definitely worth a read, and might help you to single out which areas of your photography you need to work on and learn more about.

15 Things You Should Know Before Pressing the Shutter Button to Take a Photograph

This post attempts to take a look at fifteen points that every photographer can benefit from, especially those starting out in photography.

A practical understanding of them will enable you to be better prepared when you’re out photographing and be more confident in your photography. We are sure there could be other additions to the list but this should serve as a good place to start.

Most of these tips are going to be useful if you have a camera that allows manual control over the picture-taking process.

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1. How to keep the camera steady

Keeping the camera steady is essential to capturing sharp photos. When shooting handheld, it’s important to know how to hold the camera properly to avoid shake: by tucking your elbows in, breathing out when taking a photo, and using a wall or a surface to create support when needed.

As a rule of thumb when photographing handheld, the shutter speed should not be slower than ‘1/Focal Length’ to avoid blur from camera shake (e.g., 1/100s at 100mm focal length). Of course, ‘image stabilization’ in your camera lets you use a shutter speed slower than that.

Use a tripod when the shutter speed is going to be too slow to be shot handheld.


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