Tips to Capture More Photos Worth Keeping

Taking photos is fun and all, but when it’s time to pick the keepers, many of us struggle. Not every photo you will be a masterpiece, but it’s always easier to have a high rate of “keepers”—the ones worth keeping on your computer. This improves efficiency and thereby saves a lot of time. Today we have photographer James Popsys sharing some tips to make sure that you come home with the photos that you envisage:

Most of us are used to spending at least a couple minutes (if not hours) trying to find the best composition once we reach a location. But as Popsys rightly points out, conditions can get worse. So it’s a good habit to capture at least a couple images as soon as you reach a location. If the conditions do get worse, you will at least walk away with something. And while you’re at it, quickly shoot get a couple of variations before you dig deep for the best composition. You will have a greater basket size to choose from this way. Once you have some photos in your basket, then you can start scrutinizing your composition and go on for refinement.

Exposing incorrectly is another big reason why we miss out on good photo opportunities. While tools like the histogram and zebra stripes can help you nail exposure, Popsys suggests a simpler method. Start by eyeballing the exposure and bracket the shot. This drastically increases your chances of not having to miss the exposure.

“It is always good to have your camera out and ready to fire. You never know what is around the corner.”

Lastly, a very important tip by Popsys is to be always ready to capture the moment. Watch the video, and towards the end, he shares how he keeps himself ready to shoot using custom profiles and by keeping the camera on his shoulder.

How many keepers do you come away with after a typical shoot?

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