Hey guys, my name is Helena, I’m a photographer living in London & studying photojournalism at the London College of Communication. I’m super excited to be here today and to share some photography tips with you. So let’s get started. And thanks for having me, Bre.

Have you ever wondered if your camera is good enough? Or whether you should get a new lens? Or perhaps whether a tripod would help to improve your photos?

Today I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind for a while, and that I think is really important to understand if you want to improve your photos.

I don’t know which part of the world you live in. I live in London, and there are lots of professional photographers around. Or at least it seems like that. You can recognize them by their gear: they carry around flash cameras, with big, heavy lenses attached to them. They toss around lots of fancy words. They hang out in small groups – telling their companions about how great their last shot was, and when you talk to them outside the famous Dorchester Hotel (where the stars roll up in their Ferraris and Lamborghinis), they tell you “oh we’re not waiting for anyone in particular…”.

Well, I live in London as well. The camera I carry around is a Canon 1000D with the standard lens that came with it when I got it almost 4 years ago.

The point I want to make is that you don’t need the latest and greatest equipment to take great photos. If you’re just starting out in photography there are many more important things to focus on if you want to improve your photos. Let me give you a few examples of what I mean:

• Experiment. Try out different effects. Give blur a go for example. If you blur a photo on purpose you give it a completely different effect. Blur means less information. That means the human mind will fill in the bits that are missing in its very own way. Every human mind is different, and therefore every person will see the photo in a different way. That’s what makes a unique and special photo.

• Work on composition, perspective, light, … (see photos at top of post). If you do that then the technical knowledge will automatically follow. Light, composition, and all visual elements are far more important and can achieve great impact. And that is possible with any camera, and any lens. It’s just a tool to capture what is already there. Play around, and use what you’ve got, and what you know. It’s called creativity.

If you liked this post hop over to my blog for more inspirational posts on photography, or to check out a similar post on the topic that I wrote a while ago.

Over the next few weeks we’ll look at basic photography techniques in more detail, and I’ll share some specific instructions with you. I want you to really get an idea of what shutter speed, aperture, and all that is about, and you’ll soon be able to use your camera in other modes than just automatic. Just like the professionals. ;) So stay tuned for more to come.

GUEST COLUMNIST / HELENA MUELLER
Helena Mueller is a photographer & blogger based in London who loves arts, sweets, and dreaming of pretty places. She shares photography tips in story form for the Zoom In column.
  1. Ginger says:

    Great post, and not just because I have the exact same (old) camera! Thanks x

  2. I’m super excited about this new column! Love it already :) thanks for the ideas + inspiration!

  3. Chantelle says:

    Hey Bre, I’m very excited for this guest post. I’m always bookmarking blogs on tips to help me learn more about my DSLR. Thanks a lot for this. I really appreciate the help and the links.

    Cheers,
    CC

  4. Helena says:

    Thanks guys! I’m glad you liked the post. Excited to share more tips with you soon :)

  5. Fabiola says:

    I love taking pictures of everything so I am looking forward to this new column and the pictures shared here are great! Thanks Helena & Bre!

  6. anto says:

    What a great guest post. I’m really interested in learning more about photography.

  7. Stephanie T. says:

    I completely agree that it is not the camera, but the eye behind the camera that makes for great photography! Looking forward to following these posts!

  8. Amy says:

    loving all your new guest columns, bre! can’t wait to see more tips on photography…still just getting my feet wet with my DSLR! :)

  9. Pati Mo says:

    What a great post! That’s so true, you don’t need the world’s fanciest camera because even if it takes great photos, it doesn’t tell you what you should take photos of or how to use lighting. Awesome work.

  10. petra says:

    I think even later on, if you are not an absolute beginner any more, your gear only matters so much. if you don’t have an eye for it, whatever it may be, the best camera won’t make a difference.

    great post!

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