SIX WAYS TO GET MORE FROM YOUR MIRRORLESS CAM­ERA

Australian T3 - - STATE OF THE ART -

01 GET UP EARLY

…to catch the light. Land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers are al­ways up at an un­pleas­ant hour to catch the dawn mist ris­ing as the golden rays of the sun break through the dim. It’s not just that they are bet­ter pho­tog­ra­phers than the rest of us, just that they made the spe­cial ef­fort.

02 TAKE A LOT OF PIC­TURES

It’s a rule-of-thumb that pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers swear by. The more shots you

take, the more likely you are to cap­ture that de­ci­sive ‘wow’ mo­ment. As you’re shoot­ing dig­i­tally, there is no added cost to tak­ing more pic­tures!

03 MAKE USE OF OFF-CAM­ERA FLASH

…or off-cam­era light­ing of any de­scrip­tion, in­clud­ing con­tin­u­ous LEDs. This al­lows you to con­trol the light bet­ter than any built-in bulb. Thus harsh, un­flat­ter­ing shadows when tak­ing por­traits and the curse of ‘red eye’ will be avoided.

04 BUY YOUR­SELF A SPARE BAT­TERY

And a spare me­dia card while you’re at it. We all take more pic­tures – or longer videos – than we’d imag­ined. Too of­ten our cre­ativ­ity is thwarted by a ‘card full’ or ‘bat­tery low’ warn­ing. So avoid miss­ing great shots by pack­ing a spare.

05 IN­VEST IN A SET OF FIL­TERS

Yes, we can tweak photos in-cam­era us­ing dig­i­tal ef­fects, or spend time im­age pro­cess­ing

later to achieve the de­sired re­sult. But why not get it right at the point of cap­ture and avoid harsh light­ing and lens flare into with ac­tual, phys­i­cal fil­ters that also serve as lens pro­tec­tors?

06 RUN A QUICK CHECKLIST

Do this be­fore each shoot. Make sure your fin­ger­print-smudged cam­era lens is wiped clean be­fore head­ing out, en­sure the bat­tery is fully charged, plus that your mem­ory card has enough avail­abil­ity left.

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