20 Photography Tips from Our Twitter Followers

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Twitter-1Last week I asked some DPS readers who follow this blog via Twitter (our account is here) to share some of their photography tips with us.

The catch was that they had to do it in 140 characters or less (the limit that Twitter allows per message). Here’s a collection of 20 of their photography tips:

  1. “I would recommend any serious photographer a Tripod. It’s indispensable for any photography & most if your hands won’t stay still” – maniar
  2. “don’t spend your time looking at the lcd screen…you end up missing fantastic moments. The pictures will still be there later!” – burks
  3. “Shoot in RAW mode if your camera has it. Offers so many more opportunities for editing than shooting in JPEG” – PattyHankins
  4. “don’t just stand there. Instead of moving the camera, move yourself…” – XmasB
  5. “Always remove the lens cover.” – fireeducator
  6. “Get closer to the object.” – Celebtur
  7. “Expensive equipment don’t make great photos. Great photographers do.” – quicklunarcop
  8. “Fill the Frame” – ebradlee10
  9. “shoot the magic hours(!!); remember the exposure triangle; look for a new/unique angle on your subject. :-)” – laepelba
  10. “Keep taking photos, look at your photos, then take more photos. Learn from your mistakes and don’t be afraid to experiment.” – NeilCreek
  11. “You can’t take a photo without a camera so always carry one – even if you don’t get a great shot you had a chance at getting it.” – HelenBradley
  12. “Learn to expose and light correctly the first time using JPEG – at the highest quality, saves time and work later. no RAW needed” – woodmike
  13. “For portraits: fill the frame with your subject!” – onedadslife
  14. “Relax, take your time and get the shot you want.” – mvern78
  15. “just get out there & shoot…learn your camera =)” – docm2b
  16. “it’s the archer, not the arrow.” – Supermassive
  17. “keep your batteries charged because you never know when you might want to use the camera to get that special shot” – StuartL
  18. “assuming digital, you can never take enough shots” – d0rk4l
  19. “Shoot, shoot, shoot. (wish I followed this more often)” – Kellygrape
  20. “Understand the basic rules of composition, get a feel for them, apply them regularly – and break them occasionally!” – John1954Moi

What would you add? Leave your 140 character photography tip below.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Don’t think about rules. Don’t think about how badly you want to make that shot. Don’t think about trying to make money, impress friends, capture the moment, or share a memory. Don’t think anything. Let the camera be an extension of your eyes and arms, squeeze and you’re done.

  • Know your camera well!

  • Your twit followers have some great recommendations. I really like the one that says remove the lens cap. You would think that is a duh but not always.

    I need to get use to carrying a tripod with me. Shoot, shoot is so true. I recently took a bunch of pics of the fires in Northern California and you can see them at http://picasaweb.google.com/admiral70/2008ShastaCountyFires

    Would love feedback.

  • I love that you’re on twitter…I check your site more often now. It’s a good reminder!

  • Don’t forget the rule of thirds.

  • R

    Turn the camera on.
    Bring extra memory cards or film
    Bring extra batteries

  • Bob

    If you don’t remove the lens cap, then just think of it as a really strong neutral density filter.

  • Bran Everseeking

    learn rules, look at work of great artists, do it your way.

  • Peach

    Manual is the way to go. Full control of your camera opens the doorway to full creativity.

  • Learn all you can about your camera, buy the best batteries you can afford.

  • Homburg Pokes

    ‘Bend your knees.’

  • approximate

    White Balance, White Balance, White Balance.

  • The best camera is the one you remember to bring with you! 😉

  • I agree with #7 and #16… but as an amateur photographer and owner of a good camera and two awesome lenses (Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and Canon 70-300mm f/2.8L IS USM) I would have to say that having good equipment can make you a better photographer.

    Sorry, that’s more than 140 characters.

    My 140 character answer would be: INVEST IN A GOOD LENS OR TWO.

  • Use what I call the triangle method. Start out wide and work your way in to the finest details and then work your way back out.

    This forces variety in your photographs, rather then 100 of the same image just different subjects.

    Rosh
    http://www.newmediaphotographer.com

  • Don’t be lazy. Go out and shoot! I mean capture life in your photos. 🙂

  • Nick

    Take art classes and read photography manuals. Not vice versa.

    The greatest photographers have art (or music) degrees, not engineering…

    Watch thousands of photos. Not jpg on web sites. Photos. You’ll find them in galleries.

    It’s the photographer AND the camera. One of the two alone is never enough.

    If you want to play violin like Paganini did, you need a Stradivari, nothing less.

    A crappy photographer with a great camera makes crappy photos; a great photographer with a crappy camera, also. If you’re not great, don’t waste your money with expensive gear; but if you want to become one, don’t waste your time with lesser toys.

    Don’t go through PS tutorials depressing buttons like a monkey: if you understand the magic behind, you’ll be able to do it with every other software.

    Print, print, print. At home or in a lab. But always print.
    It don’t mean a thing, if you ain’t got that print!

    😉

  • as a newbee, i feel we should determine the angle and light the subject will look exclusive, before we go for a shot.

  • Take your photo. Then turn around. There’s probably another great photo behind you.

  • Assuming you have digital, get a big card and don’t delete any photos you’ve taken…the LCD doesn’t give you the full picture.

  • Paula Boudreau

    If you feel the emotion of the moment, you have a better chance of capturing it.

  • Bring extra batteries(for your camera and flash) and memory cards

    http://www.petelanglois.net

  • ” it’s the archer, not the arrow ”
    yes, but except David vs. Goliat, all others used proper weapons for their opponents.

    you can’t kill an elephant with a stone, can you? also, you can’t push a $100 camera to do what a Hasselblad does. first things that come to mind, are low-light photography and sports : the extra quality of the sensor, higher iso speed, shorter shutter speeds, more control .. you name it.

    your camera is a tool. you are the master. a combination of you two, and of a good subject, makes great photos. don’t neglect either side.

  • w.smith

    nice i like that info going on vacation next week maine ma ill use these points thank you walt

  • Use your mind, not only your sight!

  • Jenny

    I love # 5… sad but true!

  • Wayne James

    See the light- look at the shadows.

  • Bob Bevan Smith

    “If you ain’t got a tripod, use a wooden chair!”
    Sitting down, leaning against a lamppost, resting your camera on a fence, all help to make steadier images.
    If you must handhold, use the viewfinder not the LCD screen; or put the camera strap round your neck and pull it taut.

  • Sahul

    Read your camera manual at least twice. Every other time that you read you would sure learn something new.

  • Never be easily contented with your shot. If it’s a 99% shot, then you need to shoot some more.

  • Pat

    Shoot wide open to seperate your subject from the background.

    It can be a great skin softener as well 🙂

    PatB Photography

  • #3 vs. #12

    I always get tickled by the RAW vs. JPEG debate.

    For me, the answer is simple: Shoot RAW, because it can save your butt. But tell yourself you’re shooting JPEG — so you’ll actually think

  • Tommy

    Take every single possible opportunities to experience different situation

  • Don’t beat yourself up over lost shots and mistakes. I learn more from my mistakes than anything else!

  • Twitter is really a great invention, but I think blogging is even more important to create some traffic. But I can use some of the tips.

  • Temenos_photos

    Shoot enough to get it right on the camera; don’t think that post-processing will fix it. This doesn’t mean don’t dare to take the shot; work your settings and take LOTS of shots till you get what you want.

  • try looking at things from a different angle. don’t be afraid to lay on the ground or explore the area you’re in to find a different pov.

    http://www.viewbug.com/member/jchoy

  • Saira

    It would be wonderful, if you could place small LIKE/DISLIKE button with user comments.. sometimes, comments from the people are so goood..i would want to appreciate that.. and sometimes.. 🙂

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  • Saira March 31, 2012 03:50 pm

    It would be wonderful, if you could place small LIKE/DISLIKE button with user comments.. sometimes, comments from the people are so goood..i would want to appreciate that.. and sometimes.. :)

  • Jessica April 20, 2010 07:28 am

    try looking at things from a different angle. don't be afraid to lay on the ground or explore the area you're in to find a different pov.

    www.viewbug.com/member/jchoy

  • Temenos_photos April 2, 2010 06:47 am

    Shoot enough to get it right on the camera; don't think that post-processing will fix it. This doesn't mean don't dare to take the shot; work your settings and take LOTS of shots till you get what you want.

  • farbige kontaktlinsen October 21, 2009 03:22 am

    Twitter is really a great invention, but I think blogging is even more important to create some traffic. But I can use some of the tips.

  • Kelly Canova August 12, 2009 07:04 am

    Don't beat yourself up over lost shots and mistakes. I learn more from my mistakes than anything else!

  • Tommy July 10, 2009 11:31 pm

    Take every single possible opportunities to experience different situation

  • Aaron Craven May 28, 2009 10:37 pm

    #3 vs. #12

    I always get tickled by the RAW vs. JPEG debate.

    For me, the answer is simple: Shoot RAW, because it can save your butt. But tell yourself you're shooting JPEG -- so you'll actually think

  • Pat January 5, 2009 10:28 pm

    Shoot wide open to seperate your subject from the background.

    It can be a great skin softener as well :-)

    PatB Photography

  • TheCoy October 23, 2008 06:30 am

    Never be easily contented with your shot. If it's a 99% shot, then you need to shoot some more.

  • Sahul July 20, 2008 08:35 pm

    Read your camera manual at least twice. Every other time that you read you would sure learn something new.

  • Bob Bevan Smith July 18, 2008 09:26 pm

    "If you ain't got a tripod, use a wooden chair!"
    Sitting down, leaning against a lamppost, resting your camera on a fence, all help to make steadier images.
    If you must handhold, use the viewfinder not the LCD screen; or put the camera strap round your neck and pull it taut.

  • Wayne James July 18, 2008 06:11 am

    See the light- look at the shadows.

  • Jenny July 15, 2008 09:14 am

    I love # 5... sad but true!

  • Vincent July 15, 2008 05:58 am

    Use your mind, not only your sight!

  • w.smith July 15, 2008 04:42 am

    nice i like that info going on vacation next week maine ma ill use these points thank you walt

  • daimon July 15, 2008 04:31 am

    " it's the archer, not the arrow "
    yes, but except David vs. Goliat, all others used proper weapons for their opponents.

    you can't kill an elephant with a stone, can you? also, you can't push a $100 camera to do what a Hasselblad does. first things that come to mind, are low-light photography and sports : the extra quality of the sensor, higher iso speed, shorter shutter speeds, more control .. you name it.

    your camera is a tool. you are the master. a combination of you two, and of a good subject, makes great photos. don't neglect either side.

  • Pete Langlois July 15, 2008 12:46 am

    Bring extra batteries(for your camera and flash) and memory cards

    http://www.petelanglois.net

  • Paula Boudreau July 14, 2008 11:57 pm

    If you feel the emotion of the moment, you have a better chance of capturing it.

  • Sharky July 14, 2008 10:08 pm

    Assuming you have digital, get a big card and don't delete any photos you've taken...the LCD doesn't give you the full picture.

  • Bo Mack July 14, 2008 10:03 pm

    Take your photo. Then turn around. There's probably another great photo behind you.

  • aneesh anand July 14, 2008 08:46 pm

    as a newbee, i feel we should determine the angle and light the subject will look exclusive, before we go for a shot.

  • Nick July 14, 2008 06:03 pm

    Take art classes and read photography manuals. Not vice versa.

    The greatest photographers have art (or music) degrees, not engineering...

    Watch thousands of photos. Not jpg on web sites. Photos. You'll find them in galleries.

    It's the photographer AND the camera. One of the two alone is never enough.

    If you want to play violin like Paganini did, you need a Stradivari, nothing less.

    A crappy photographer with a great camera makes crappy photos; a great photographer with a crappy camera, also. If you're not great, don't waste your money with expensive gear; but if you want to become one, don't waste your time with lesser toys.

    Don't go through PS tutorials depressing buttons like a monkey: if you understand the magic behind, you'll be able to do it with every other software.

    Print, print, print. At home or in a lab. But always print.
    It don't mean a thing, if you ain't got that print!

    ;-)

  • TwitchingEye July 14, 2008 01:50 pm

    Don't be lazy. Go out and shoot! I mean capture life in your photos. :)

  • Rosh July 14, 2008 11:56 am

    Use what I call the triangle method. Start out wide and work your way in to the finest details and then work your way back out.

    This forces variety in your photographs, rather then 100 of the same image just different subjects.

    Rosh
    http://www.newmediaphotographer.com

  • Trish July 14, 2008 11:18 am

    I agree with #7 and #16... but as an amateur photographer and owner of a good camera and two awesome lenses (Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and Canon 70-300mm f/2.8L IS USM) I would have to say that having good equipment can make you a better photographer.

    Sorry, that's more than 140 characters.

    My 140 character answer would be: INVEST IN A GOOD LENS OR TWO.

  • Andy Beal July 14, 2008 09:11 am

    The best camera is the one you remember to bring with you! ;-)

  • approximate July 14, 2008 09:04 am

    White Balance, White Balance, White Balance.

  • Homburg Pokes July 14, 2008 08:06 am

    'Bend your knees.'

  • Curtis July 14, 2008 06:33 am

    Learn all you can about your camera, buy the best batteries you can afford.

  • Peach July 14, 2008 05:56 am

    Manual is the way to go. Full control of your camera opens the doorway to full creativity.

  • Bran Everseeking July 14, 2008 04:31 am

    learn rules, look at work of great artists, do it your way.

  • Bob July 14, 2008 03:08 am

    If you don't remove the lens cap, then just think of it as a really strong neutral density filter.

  • R July 14, 2008 02:42 am

    Turn the camera on.
    Bring extra memory cards or film
    Bring extra batteries

  • Raymond Chan July 14, 2008 02:18 am

    Don't forget the rule of thirds.

  • carol browne July 14, 2008 02:16 am

    I love that you're on twitter...I check your site more often now. It's a good reminder!

  • Jeff B July 14, 2008 02:15 am

    Your twit followers have some great recommendations. I really like the one that says remove the lens cap. You would think that is a duh but not always.

    I need to get use to carrying a tripod with me. Shoot, shoot is so true. I recently took a bunch of pics of the fires in Northern California and you can see them at http://picasaweb.google.com/admiral70/2008ShastaCountyFires

    Would love feedback.

  • Graeme Smith July 14, 2008 01:16 am

    Know your camera well!

  • Aaron Snyder July 14, 2008 01:02 am

    Don't think about rules. Don't think about how badly you want to make that shot. Don't think about trying to make money, impress friends, capture the moment, or share a memory. Don't think anything. Let the camera be an extension of your eyes and arms, squeeze and you're done.

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