1. Don’t lean on Photoshop to fix every error you make. Try and get the best shot you can, and enhancing on Photoshop. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve relied on Photoshop when I made a mistake in the photoshoot, and then tried editing and it just looked worse!
2. Focus! I feel like focus is a huge contributor to good photos. What I do when trying to focus on something, I’ll put the lens on Manual (MF) and set my camera to Live View so I can focus myself and look at it through a bigger screen. Once I feel like I have the right focus, I switch the lens back to Auto (AF) so the lens can focus it sharper. However, if you are leaning towards the vintage indie look, and you don’t want it to be a sharp focus, then keep it on MF.
3. Develop you own style. Don’t look at your favorite photographer’s picture and do the exact same thing, because that will look pretty unprofessional on your part (Take it from someone who fell in that hole many times.) Be creative in your own way and show your personality through your work.
4. Take on challenges! If you feel silly climbing that hill to get the top of your models head, or walking in water in your dry clothes. Just do it! Trust me, going beyond your comfort zone to get a great photo really feels amazing afterwards!
5. When in doubt, snap the photo! Just keep taking pictures, that s a #1 tip for those who are taking pictures of weddings, engagement, family.. etc. Because you don’t want to miss any sort of emotion! That’s one thing I learned from taking pictures of Santa with children, you just can’t miss anything, so keep snapping. (And no, I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.)