How To Master Photography

A great way to learn how to master photography is to first learn how your camera works. It becomes much easier to take great photos when the photography techniques match your skills in using your camera. Once doing this you can easily move ahead your skills with taking pictures to the next level.

Another thing I recommend it to take photos of your very favourite things. I remember when I first began my experience as a beginner photography enthusiast, I’d spend hours photographing plants and flowers in the garden. From there it was easy to master photography because I was shooting things I loved.

The way to mastering photography is simple. You need to study your light. Without light you cannot take a photo or make your photo look clear and sharp. Without adequate light for your photos, your photo will appear blurry and you will be disappointed.

Constantly plan your photo taking session around the light. Always ask yourself what light you have to work with, where the light is coming from and what colour the light is appearing as. That’s the single most imperative aspect to how to master photography.  Start dong this and you will certainly begin to know how too take great photos in less time than you thought possible.

To begin mastering photography in a way that’s comfortable, let’s say you love animals. You have a pet dog and you want others to see how much you love this dog. The best way to photograph your beloved pet is to place your dog in lighting conditions that will accentuate your dogs loveable appearance. Once you have done that, then focus on the dogs eyes first and then face. This is called “photographic composition”.


Of course it is important to ensure that you have enough light to work with. No point doing this on a rainy day with dark clouds coming over head. It is better to wait for a day that has dappled light and gives you the opportunity to create something that has just the right amount of light. You don’t want something too bright and you don’t want something too dark either. Preferably right in between.

Try to make sure that there is nothing in the background that could potentially be a distraction. You may get everything right with your light and composition but if there is a bright pink bicycle in the background it will be distracting.

Make sure you have the important bits in focus. What are the important bits? To answer this question think about what you want people to see the most. Eyes are usually the most important.  Then comes face then comes the body. The way you can achieve this is to focus on the eyes at all times.

I’ve judged and assessed many photos in my time as a professional photographer and I can tell you one thing. Being able to get things in focus is a great challenge, even in photos where everything else was perfect. They can have a well photographer scene with regards to lighting and photographic composition goes, but if it isn’t in clear focus, it won’t make a great photo. How to master photography takes patience and  good sound knowledge of lighting.

About the Author

Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

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  1. Joey says:

    This is so helpful information for me, I try a lot to take a great photo. Just know one thing that I never know before. “Light” is so important. I will practice more anyway how do I know light more or les

  2. Angela says:

    I really love your ezine Amy, thank you so much. I appreciate your help on Facebook, even when I wasn’t a subscriber. It was very nice of you. I did get those shots turn out by the way. My grandfather was so pleased.

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