How to Improve Your Digital Photography

1. Explore

Give yourself an education in photojournalism. Look at books, visit photojournalism exhibitions, and visit photojournalism web sites.

Magnum Photos
NYTimes Lens Blog
MSNBC’s Week in Pictures
Reuters Photos
National Press Photographer’s Best of Photojournalism

2. Use what you have…

…your point-and-shoot, your sister’s camera, and even your cell phone.

See Dial P for Photo

3.  Learn what makes a good photo

To begin to understand why some photographs are better than others, read through the seven steps of composition and then incorporate them into your photography.

  • Introduction
  • Simplicity
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Lines
  • Balance
  • Framing
  • Avoiding Mergers
  • 4. Consider how journalistic ethics apply to photography

    Explore Pictures That Lie (CNet News)

    5. Learn to organize and manage your images

    Some options:
    iPhoto (Mac)
    Windows Photo Gallery (PC)
    Flickr (Web-based) – need a Yahoo account
    Picasa (Web-based) or Download – need a Gmail account

    6. Learn to edit your images

    Always create a copy or duplicate. Do not edit the original.

    Photoshop is the standard editing tool. But there are other programs like Windows Picture Editor, iPhoto and Web-based editors like Picnik, Pixlr, and Photoshop Express.

    Learn the basics:

    • Pixels (72 ppi for Web, 200 ppi for newspapers, 300 ppi+ for magazines)
    • Rotate (Image>Rotate Canvas in Photoshop)
    • Save for Web

    Here is a tutorial on How to Resize and Save Your Photos for the Web Using Photoshop

    7. Share your photos

    Sharing your photos gives you an audience, and it can help provide an incentive to keep at it. Many online news sites also accept user-submitted photos.

    Some options:
    Flickr Explore
    Why We Travel: Reader Photos

    8. Practice. Practice. Practice.

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