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How to Take Better Photos by Canon Collective

I have a love for photography....I'm not that good, and I'm still on a baby Canon Camera EOS 1300D, and to date, I haven't graduated from Auto Mode...but I'm determined to do that soon. So when Canon approached me to share some tips and amazing photography, I jumped at it. Hope this helps budding photographers and enjoy these amazing photos.

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Photo: Credit Reilly Wardrope @reillywardrope

The wrecks at @tangaloomaislandresort taken during the Canon Collective Photography Festival in Moreton Island.

Shot on: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

The team at Canon have kindly shared some fabulous photos and tips for budding photographers.

Tips for beginners by Reilly Wardrope, Canon Collective Member

  • A few tips you could take into consideration for photography, start at the bottom and work your way up. Use the assisted modes on your camera. This will give you and understanding on how your camera works, try using (P) for program or (TV) for shutter priority.

  • Be aware of your surroundings, look at things from a different perspective. Most importantly have a camera close by all the time, you never know what opportunities might take place.

  • Definitely get into photographing things that you get enjoy, this could be a list of different categories such as Portraiture, Landscapes, Wildlife or Studio.

  • Last but not least I highly recommend attending Canon Collective events in your local area, you don’t only learn how to use your equipment but also get the opportunity to try out the latest and greatest Canon gear.

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Photo: Meaghan Skinner

Tips for more advanced photographers by Meaghan Skinner, Canon Collective Member

  • Always look behind you! Sometimes we are so busy concentrating on the obvious in front of us that we miss something magical happening either behind us or above us.

  • Do some quick research on the area you are visiting before you get there so you can make sure you have the right gear with you.

  • If you're planning on getting some aerial images, Google Maps is a great way to get an idea of what you'll be looking at from that angle - if you’re shooting near open water, always check your tide times. Locations can look vastly different depending on how exposed or covered landmarks are with the height of the tide.

  • Be different – definitely get the favourite shot that makes a location popular but remember to try different angles and perspectives to make your images unique.

  • Practice, practice, practice – the only way to grow and improve is by shooting anything and everything. The more time spent with your camera, the more you will understand what it’s capable of and over time you will start to develop your own style that will be recognisable as your own.

  • Never stop learning - where possible, attend some workshops to learn different techniques and ask lots of questions. (Before Canon Collective I barely knew how to use my camera but the Collective crew have happily shared their knowledge and encouraged me to try different things and think outside the box – a very valuable community that I’m proud to be a part of.)


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