How to Shoot Professional Photos

professional photography tips


Consider the subject

Before you even touch the camera, and before you have any idea what you want to shoot, decide on what you’re going to shoot. Do you want to shoot people, landscapes, architecture? flowers? You should choose subject before setting up the camera. This will make the whole process much easier, and it makes the rest of your shoot work much easier as well.

Have a plan

This is probably the most important part of all your efforts to learn to shoot professional photos. You need a plan of attack. You need to know where and how to get the shots. It’s impossible to just learn to take good pictures; you also need to know how to organize the experience and get things done on location.

Pick the right setting

Think about the setting, the subject, the lighting, the background, and the key. It might seem simplistic, but deciding on the best settings for each and every shot can save you valuable time. You want to shoot in the most professional settings, not the ones that make your measurements look good.

Make measurements before you shoot

When you’re learning to master the electric guitar, don’t just learn playing guitar. You also need to understand the technical aspects of using one. If you take these measurements before you start, you can effectively use pictures as a reference to help you with the technical aspects of your playing.

Coloring before you take the shot

Again, it’s not enough to just learn to play the guitar. You need to understand the technicalities of using notes and so on. Selecting the right background, and locations, is essential to a good capture. Using the Normally values for your capture will minimize blown out highlights and generally turn your images into a stepping stone to your final product.

Combine exposure and white balance

The new digital cameras have a lot of bells and whistles, and can be difficult to master initially. However, you don’t want to shoot in poor light, or with low or unacceptable levels of contrast. Making an initial test printout of the images can help you fine tune your settings.

manual controls

You don’t want to deal with the computer while you’re taking pictures. It’s easier to stay in manual mode and let the camera do the work. Clicking and typing on the keyboard is fine, but if you find you have to use the mouse more and not the keyboard, you can learn to use the computer more safely.

Avoid using your camera’s built-in flash in overexposed areas unsafe

Don’t let your camera’s built-in flash or GNU classic AA batteries get to the camera as a spare energy source while you’re taking a shot. If you’re acquainted with photography in bright sunlight, then you’ll be fine, but if you aren’t, you’ll want to stop using the built-in flash and turn to a proper external flash.

Avoid using your digital camera’s built-in flash.  I was photographing a HOA CPA near me office they wanted for a newsletter.  The flash made the pictures turn out grainy.  Turning it off gave a clear and precise picture the client was looking for. They can be extraordinary helpful, but you’ll want to keep an eye on the camera’s filter setting for the correct exposure.

Don’t run your fingernails across the screen while you’re taking a shot. This can cause permanent damage to the screen, and you’ll also have to change the filter setting to the proper setting before you take the shot.

Avoid releasing the shutter too early. The human eye is not fastest at taking in and processing images, and if you take your shot too early, you may obtain a lot of blurriness. You want the camera to focus on your subject just before the shutter release, not on the background.


The eye sees things as black and white, or as true and false. It is designed to correct for the difference in those characteristics. If you want to add or remove highlights from your photo, you must know the shutter speed to accomplish that task. Often, the camera’s built-in exposure meter is set to the maximum number of stops, meaning that you’re going to capture everything in focus.

Don’t worry about how the camera’s got and working with the print. Your shots will always be more appealing with a little bit of intentional color correction and a complimentary style averted metering.

The ideas above are basic and fundamental. I’d like to encourage you to try some of these and experiment with them. Who knows, you might just find photography a whole lot easier to stomach.