Best Tips to Better Photographs

By Lisa Milavic 

You might be planning your next grand adventure, heading to your friend's wedding, or squeezing in one more cottage trip before the summer is over - and you want to take some great photographs. Photographers are constantly evolving in their work, learning from each good or bad image that we make. We grow our skill by learning both the technical and philosophical side to the art form, which are equally important in taking better photographs. so, the next time you are out with your camera, try some of these photography tips from PWB!

1. Marc Champagne
Water Charity, Senegal Africa

“Pick one camera, one lens and master them. Being an expert with that camera and lens combination helps take out all the technical thinking and allows you to direct all your attention on capturing the scene in front of you.”

2. Jenna Ammerman
Action for Children in Conflict, Kenya

“Get in on the action! Mingling and connecting with the people you are photographing creates images that give an insider's view. Don't be afraid to dance with your camera or climb to the top of a food truck to capture the energy of a place. It also helps to smile often and let people know when they look awesome!”

3. Scout Hebinck
One4Another, Uganda

“Get up early, take some time to adjust in a place to be creative, for me it was sipping African Tea every morning and having quiet time to reflect on the previous day. I also read a historical book that's about the present place I'm in - it really gets me in the mood to photograph creatively.”

“Using negative space for portraits - I seem to get a great set of portraits that are consistent along with a focus on the subject that ends up being beautiful.”

4. Lisa Xing
Shiksha Alok, India

“I swear by my 50 mm 1.4 on a full frame camera. You don't need all the fancy bells and whistles of more expensive lenses. The 50 takes incredible portraits. You just have to be unafraid to move around. I almost never use a zoom lens (my only zoom is a telephoto) because it's easy to stand in one place and zoom in and out. Having fixed focus lenses really challenges you to know your space, use the space wisely and creatively, and to challenge you to get the best shot. Be careful of the fine focal points. That's also why I almost never shoot on F 1.4 with my 50 unless there's a good reason for it.”

5. Rohit Lakhani
Ghana Health and Education Initiative in Humjimbre, Ghana

“Think of your project as a way of bridging gaps and dissolving divisions between cultures and people. For me, that serves as enough motivation to go out there and engage with such projects. We live in a world with so many manufactured borders and labels. These are just artificial mental blocks which exist on the surface. Beyond these artificial boundaries, there is deeper beauty and connection.”

6. Art Zaratsyan
Elimu Impact Evaluation Centre, Kenya

“The best photography advice I've heard was, if you want to make interesting photographs, point your camera at something or someone interesting. And care about what you're photographing. It shows when you don't. Bring less gear.”

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