10 Things Every Budding Photographer Should Know

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1. Always look at things from different angles

What most people usually do is take a photo from where they stand and shoot from a straight angle. This may work in some cases but to get a more creative shot you need to have an angle. Not only can it tell a story but it’ll give a different mood and feel to the viewers. Our camera lens only has one angle but our eyes can see about more or less 180 degrees.


This picture was taken with a slightly bottom angle to show a different perspective of the BMW 420 i. | Photo by Alya Zulkernai

2. Create dimension

When taking pictures using auto mode, it takes away the depth and control of lighting and hues. Sure it seems pretty easy to use but your pictures will have lesser personality. Auto mode takes the picture as a whole but when you control the lens manually, you add layers to your image by focusing on your subject and blurring out the rest or some of the other accompanying elements.

A dragon joss stick in its bare form waiting to be coloured. Matang Dragon Joss Stick Workshop | Photo by Alya Zulkernai

 3. Be careful with your exposures

Exposures determine the light and darkness of your photos. Too much of either one can distract the image from the real focus. Having a balance between light and dark will capture a well-produced image.

A well balanced exposure brings out the colours and the shadows you need. Taiping Lake Gardens | Photo by Alya Zulkernai

4. Framing the image

You can actually bring the attention of your audience to the subject that’s being highlighted using frames. It doesn’t have to be positioned around the edges of your image but can be done by adjusting your focus manually. Frames can be formed using doorways, windows, a hole in the wall and even people around you. When you’re looking at your subject, don’t forget to look at its surrounding as well. Take notice of the background and the frame of your image too.


This picture was taken through a little whole on one of the wooden panel walls at the Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory. | Photo by Alya Zulkernai

5. Tease the viewers

A lot of people try to fit their subject into the whole frame when in fact you don’t have to. Tease your viewers by just capturing parts of the subject. Focus on an interesting part and it’ll intrigue your viewers with a sense of wanting to see more.


A partial image of the BMW 420 i  at Taiping Lake Gardens | Photo by Alya Zulkernai

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