7 Essentials Tips From Professional Photographer That I Applied On My Photography

Im not a professional photographer, yet 😏 tehee. But I have joined at least 3 photography workshops enough to expose myself with other professional photographer who generously willing to share some tips in improving my photography quality. I thank you all for this.

It was actually a big investment of money and time both in practicing and applying this stuff, but the best investment people said were when you invest on the things you love the most. Beside blogging, I love photography. ^^

I even sometimes help them in field where I can practice myself using their tips that turn out to be quite handy especially in completing my daily photography task. Please forgive me for my noobiness – but experience can thought you well even if its bitter, and they were too – a very wise teacher.
I hope this will benefits you as much as it benefits to me, tho actually I may leaked my biggest secret here, haha. And uh, all the pictures was taken by me and I’ve mentioned which one is SOOC.

1. Practice On Field Perfection
Since I’ve got the chance to participate on Ayul Rahman photography workshop, he told us (the participants) to at least makes the picture you snap close to perfection on spot while in field.
Using the right dslr setting were the key, the white balance, the aperture, the shutter speed and the ISO, all need to be at least have been set right while in field. It required a lot of practice I admit.
Well, the very reason professional photographer kept this on their mind because no one can change that exact moment they snapped on field, not even the photographer themselves, they need to be alert the picture they snapped, not only the basic setting but also how the subject pose, their surrounding and basically what will the subject look like within the frame.
Sure that we have photo editing tools, but even the tools have limitation in changing the photography. πŸ™‚

2. Practice Good Composition by Applying The Grid Rules (Rules of Third)

I think the biggest question here is where to put your subject to attract your audience focus. Notice that grid line appears on your screen when you take picture on your camera? Placing your subject mostly advice on the lines or the intersection to make a great composition. It works most of the time actually.
Eliminate the unwanted things, and shows to your audience only what needed to be shown. I usually take an extra spaces around the frame border before cropping into 1:1 ratio, just to get correct amount of subject in the frame. Shot by Sony A6000 | 2.2F 50mm | 1/60s | 1000 ISO (quite high due to cloudy weather)

 

3. Straightening What Actually Straight

As an armature I like to snap picture a bit rotating the camera for the purpose of creative angle. Lols. But I’ve been advised to not do so. Surely it do have some creative angle but, most of the time it makes your audience dizzy by need to tilting their head a lil but to realize how actually the photo will be.

If you realize the right picture lose some of its border frame while crop straight the image.
(SOOC) Shot by Sony A6000 | 3.5F 17mm | 1/200s | 100 ISO
Shot picture a lil bit more wide so when you realize it’s not straight you can always straightening it on editing tools without loss too many details and always stay on the lines.
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4. Control Bokeh Effect Depends On What You Want Your Audience Need To Focus

Most of professional photographer use focal length range from 2.0f~2.2f even when they have 1.8f lenses when it comes to capture details. I do also have some doubt regarding this, why do they increase their aperture amount when actually using the least aperture amount the bokeh effect will more bokehlicious?
(SOOC) 1.8F, 1/60s, 1000ISO vs 2.2F, 1/60s, 1000ISO
The least the aperture the more light will enter the frame and also the more blurred its surrounding. Notice that if using 2.2F the ‘S’ were more visible on the right compared to the left pictures. This were just for example purpose.
Well little that I know the purpose was to preserve details without blurring all of it. The kind of exposure details only with the correct amount of bokeh to entertain the human eyes. The least the aperture used, the more blurred the surrounding of of the focus spot will be.

5. Available Light Were Highly Recommended

I loveee available light, its the natural way to smoothen your photography. I usually shot my picture early morning & before sunset (golden moment). At that time the light somewhat so light, so puffy and lighten so that I have the perfect light exposure to my photo.
Otherwise of course, your speed light will be the alternative, me most of the time used available light only. (P/s, the source of light at night also available light.)
I captured this while my room was completely dark, and the light string was the only source of light. Captured with correct amount of ISO, and low shutter speed, need to completely stand still so I wont blurred the picture. Highly recommend Sony for not showing noise so much. Hehe.
Shot by Sony A6000 | 2F 50mm | 1/20s | 1000 ISO

I also do love taking picture outdoor because when time is correct I’ll get plentiful of good shade on my subject without need to worry about getting the proper light.

6. Taking Your Picture Slightly Underexposed or Slightly Overexposed to Preserve Details

There are two types of photographer, those who take underexposed vs those who take overexposed. I am the one who like to take my picture slight underexposed, so I can preserve more shadow and dealing with brightness later on. I am a shadow obsessor, I love how shadow can actually popping out the details especially in bright texture.
Before/after : I cropped 1:1 the photo, lifting it brightness a bit, adding more shadows, and lifting a lil bit contrast for the color. Shot by Sony A6000 | 2.2F 50mm | 1/60s | 640 ISO

7. Β Be intimate to details
If you are going take details, be it intimate as possible, cherish the moment, cherish the light, embrace the shadow, working with shadow. Get your eyes comfortable with the things that none other have realize, just get deeper and enjoy the moment of realize something that other havent. πŸ˜€
Sometimes you dont have the correct amount of light, the least you can do was to make sure your composition is right.
before/after : cropped 1:1, lifting a lil bit too much of brightness, ambience & highlight. < I do this to get the right color of white. I love white, who doesnt? Lols. Actually this procedure was not recommend cause the output gonna be so much grains than before. Shot by Sony A6000 | 2F 50mm | 1/50s | 200 ISO

The best advice I ever had is to construct my own photography style,Β to not be afraid of failure. Rules sometimes made to be broken and we dont need to follow anyone to achieve the same things in the end. They may have be their own way but there were also thousands more ways to get the same output. Every person got their own essence, that essence whether we put in writing or in photography, the same essence that when someone stumble upon your pieces they’ll know it was made by you.

Those were my 7 + 1 essential tips, which of course not to be followed 100%. I highly recommend others to develop their own style and creativity.

Please comment below what do you think of those tips above? 😁 

Welcome Into Bookish World

  • Terima kasih @imanpublication providing me a free copy in exchange with a honest review. Belum habis baca sebenarnya tapi nak post dulu lah teaser. πŸ˜‹
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Dah baca 180 pages and I love it! Okay sy cuba berlaku adil dengan buku-buku yg sy pernah bca sebelum ni. But this one, was one of its kind. Susunan ayat, installing the character personalities semuanya menjangkaui telahan yang saya telah fikirkan berkenaan novel-novel melayu πŸ˜‚.
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Daebak! Hanya satu ayat menunjukkan betapa saya kagum akan novel ini. But I need to dig more sebab tak selalu buku melayu membuatkan semangat membaca saya membara πŸ˜‰. Tahniah penulis atas penulisan setengah novel yang begitu dramatik dan intimate.
  • QOTD : What book make you cringe to do something after reading it?
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Last week I've been indulge myself in gaming assuming an assassin role mentioned in #projekathena. The mutual connection between the role both in the book also in ML make me cringe to know what its like to be an assassin. Eventually I fall in love with her. So my next move is climbing up the local rank for that particular heroes πŸ˜‚. I blame @syeraho for this. .
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Back to this book, its been a tearful journey, it was a long reading but a worthy one. I bet one can finish it in one sit as the words uses is simple and understandable.
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Not to mentioned it was my first book from HF. Honestly its hard to rate this kind of book, where islamic lifestyle and fiction were blend together. For my version of rating, I tend to give high rate to the book which has intimate, personal connection to the reader (me), so for that reason I'll give 4⭐. Even after catching a headache resulting from tears streaming last night 😣. .
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This book recommend for a light reading, bedtimes stories also to those who keen to seek assuring words of His Promises. No particular reader, I think its just suit for everyone. Also a nice book to read it Ramadan!
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The book synopsis gonna be in the comment below :
  • Alhamdulillah done reading a malay science fiction about Projek Athena : Manusia Ciptaan (trans : Athena's Projeck : Human Building). Thank you to @imanpublication for providing me a physical copy of this book in exchange with honest review.
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And it was a fun reading towards the end. And syabas @syeraho for your first novel! .
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This book recommend to those who love actions because Syeraho write a beautiful chereofighting, well mostly in words - and that something to praise with!
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I'm currently constructing in depth review for this book and will update it soon on Goodreads - read on GR cause  i'm hiding all the spoilers and leave you with all the good parts, lols 😜.
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Rating : 3/5 🌠. Sorry there are pro and cons so I'll settle with this first πŸ˜‰ and also dont judge by my rating cause im just a very stinky person πŸ˜…. .
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Setiap buku harus punya awal niatnya yg tersendiri (Eyqa, 2019).
  • QOTD : What book do you bought only because of its cover?
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First time encounter buku published by @katapilarbooks ialah masa baca Syif Tengah Malam. Rupanya this is penerbit yg penulis dia dikalangan doktor, misi also yang bertugas di hospital.
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One of many reason I like about them is their cover yg lain dari yang lain. Mcm this one.
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Jadi izinkan saya post pasal book cover mendahului book review dulu ya. πŸ˜‚
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Okay sekian. Saja nak bagitau cover dia cantik. πŸ˜‰
  • Big thanks to @prologmed cos hosting a GA for this book last year πŸ’–.
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Akhirnya dapat juga habiskan buku ni. Dalam buku ni ada enam cerpen yang bertemakan time travel. Buat yg mendambakan peluang kedua dalam waktu yang terbatas, pembaca diajak untuk menilai semula sekiranya kita bisa merentas masa untuk mengubah sejarah, adakah kita akan lebih bahagia dari sekarang? Or worse? Or dlm erti kata lain kena baca dlu buku ni baru tahu πŸ˜‚.
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Dalam enam cerpen aku paling terkesan dengan yang ada love story with bit of plot twist. Yang ada karakter yang kuat dan background cerita yang baik. Sometimes rasa geram but another time rasa bahagia tgk kebahagiaan character biarpun fiksi semata.Tak nak bagi spoiler jadi ckp secara am sejalah yer.
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Overall it was a good book. Kalau fans tentang Hermione with Time Turner, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child boleh lah try baca buku ni, setiap kisah ada teladan masing-masing. Yang tak akan dapat dinilai melainkan dengan cara membacanya sendiri. Hahh suspen takk? .
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⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 cause I want more. The book alone tak cukup πŸ˜‚.
  • Saya tidak selalu reviu buku-buku agama kerana semuanya sangat membantu dalam meningkatkan pemahaman kepada AQ dan AS.
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Buku ni lebih ringkas dan praktikal dalam memahami apa sebenarnya rezeki. Penulis membuat pilihan cerita yang tepat dalam merungkai makna yang tersirat, bahawa rezeki tidak hanya dtg dalam bentuk wang ringgit. Satu bacaan yg berharga dalam meningkatkan amal bersedekah dan menolong insan yg memerlukan. Bahkan juga dalam menolong diri sendiri yang kesempitan.
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Ramai manusia ingin kan kebahagiaan, tapi tak semua akan merasainya dan ramai manusia takut untuk diuji tapi semua akan menghadapinya. Read Al Imran : 142
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Ini adalah antara buku yg membantu sy memahami indahnya rezeki. Bahawa di dunia ini, rezeki kita pada akhirnya akan ada dalam tiga bentuk sahaja yakni :
⭐ Makanan yg kita makan
⭐ Pakaian yang kita pakai utk tutup aurat
⭐ Ilmu yg telah kita pelajari dan amalkan
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Sempena bulan Ramadhan yg bakal menjelang dengan ini thehundredpages akan lebih membaca buku-buku islamik terbitan tanah air. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜
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Semoga melayuku lurus. Amiin.
P/s : oh ya selepas baca al Imran 142, baca balik ayat 139 πŸ˜‰