Tips to Shoot for Photo Editing

photography-2By Phin Upham

If you’re shooting photography with a DSLR, even at a casual level, there will come a time where you’ll want to manipulate your photography to get the most out of every shot. You’ll need a good looking picture to start with, and that’s where developing a good eye for photographs can prove useful. Here are some tips to help you take beautiful pictures that you can turn into masterpiece photos.

Shoot in RAW Format

Non-DSLRs sometimes offer a RAW option, but most shoot in JPEG. This is important because RAW captures everything the light sensor (the eyes of your camera) is able to read. This is an option available in most cameras, and it makes post processing much more effective. Most RAW photographs provide stunning clarity to begin with, but you can further enhance those effects with editing software.

The most important aspect of RAW is data. Everything is captured in the shot, which means you can easily edit out anything you don’t want without compromising the overall photograph. This is especially important when you need to correct the white balance that’s affecting the photo’s temperature.

Brightness and Exposure

In some cases, such as midday shots, it’s better to shoot something that is a bit over exposed. Why? You can usually fix that exposure in post processing, and it gives you a wider range of colors to work with. You can also adjust the size of your aperture (make it small, like f/16) to get perfect color composition in your photograph when you take the shot.

About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or LinkedIn page.