5 Fun 📷 Tips for your DSLR Photography! 💃🌄🐶   

1.  Rate Your Images in Camera

Ever see an image you really like but are worried you won’t remember it later? Fear not. Depending on the type of camera body you have, you can rate your images using the RATE button on the back of your camera body next to the LED screen.

This nifty function lets you rate images from 1 – 5 stars, and is a great way to remember which images you want to edit first after your shoot is over.

2.  Shoot in RAW

Hidden not so deep in the camera menu settings is the option to change your file format from JPEG to RAW.

If you don’t mind the increased file size, RAW provides a great opportunity to get the most data out of your images.

The format is usually a hefty three to four times larger than JPEG, but provides you with an additional editing panel when you’re hard at work in Adobe Photoshop.

It’s a great way to get the most data out of your images and provides more precise control when it comes to editing.

3.  Think about ISO 

Most of you are probably familiar with shutter speed and aperture, but what about that mysterious third ingredient that brings light back into the camera? For those who don’t know, that’s ISO! ISO can add a little extra light into your images and is represented as a number, usually between 100 – 4000.

ISO is great for low light situations when you don’t want to open up the aperture or compromise the length of time the shutter is open.

The downside to increased ISO is that it can add noise or “grain”to your images so keep that in mind when you bring your ISO. Remember, your camera screen isn’t always equivalent to what you’ll see on your computer later. 

4.  Double Check That White Balance

What exactly determines how hot or cold an image is when you shoot? That’s white balance, otherwise known as Kelvin. On your typical DSLR camera auto-white balance is normally around 5000K – 5500K and represented by the letter K with a number.

You can use white balance as a way to regulate temperature against very cool (like florescent lights) or hot (like fire) sources of light and to make sure that your images are the proper color cast.

If you’re in a hotter environment and want to cool things down, push your white balance closer to 3000K. If you want to do the opposite, push it toward 6000K. Now, your color tones will remain balanced if the situation calls for it.

Of course, you can always change your white balance later in Photoshop, but nothing beats in-camera edits.

5.  Have Fun and Experiment 

Obviously the most important rule is to get out there and have fun with your work. Otherwise, how will you know what other secret tips and tricks your camera can provide?

Try shooting with a high grain filled ISO, or super-hot white balance, and experiment with new ways to edit in RAW processing.

Want to Learn More?

If you’re interested in learning more about a specific photography subject or idea, shoot me a message on Instagram or contact me via email moreyspellman@gmail.com I’m always happy to answer additional questions or comments!

Morey Spellman is a Los Angeles based photographer. 
His work combines a love for beautiful light, authentic beauty, and natural scenery. 

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