Photography tips

My photography will for ever be a work in progress but I thought that today I would share some of my tips with you.

  • Shoot when you feel inspired. If you're not feeling it, leave it.
  • Use natural light. I use flash only when absolutely necessary. 
  • Pick a camera that meets your needs. As I travel often, I wanted to have the lightest and smallest DSLR. It isn't as sophisticated as a professional camera but that's the trade off. 
  • Avoid shooting in auto mode. 99 percent of the time I shoot in Av, aperture priority mode. 
  • Shoot in RAW format. I used to skip this format because every photo takes up a lot of memory but it has a huge impact on the photo quality. 
  • Pick the right lens as this also influences the resulting image. A few years ago I started using prime lenses and it was one of the best decisions I've made. 
  • Use Photoshop Lightroom. I have been using it for the past three years to edit my photos. I never publish any photo unless I have retouched it. That doesn't mean that I am a bad photographer. In the past when I was developing photos in the darkroom, editing was part of the job as well. I would try different filters, adjust contrast and exposure time, photo paper, and so on, in order to develop the photo that I wanted. 

This is the equipment that I currently use

Do you have any tips to share? Please leave a comment. 


  1. I didnt know that program, need to check it out. Thanks for the tips Anouk, I like photography but my skills need to be improved a lot. Also, thanks for the cameras info, is always interesting to know what other bloggers use. Happy Monday! xo

  2. This post has genuinely inspired me to play around more with my settings, as I've slowed down incredibly on that front. Thanks for the Lightroom mention too, I have it installed, however am yet to start learning how to use it! Your photography is always superb, so this post was super helpful :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  3. Great tips! Thank you for sharing them . Have a great week. Gemma x

  4. Love these tips! Too often people aren't familiar with photography techniques + they give up feeling frustrated - but it's just practice :)

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  5. These are great tips, and I agree about natural light, it really does make a difference. :) Thanks!
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  6. Nice post! I was trying to shoot in RAW but when I realized blogger is not supporting it, I switched to jpg again. One of the things I really regret is not using Photoshop Lightroom. It looks really difficult to me, so I edit my photos with the Nikon tool.

  7. Jane Fitfabfun17:22

    Love these great tips! Lightroom rocks!
    xo, Jane

  8. Dressed With Soul18:00

    Thanks for the great tips!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


  9. Shooting in RAW is a must for em as well. It not only produces better image quality but also makes editing so much easier. My biggest tip is that if you're gonna get in to shoot close, you have to make sure your subject stays in focus.

  10. Thanks for this tip!

  11. I agree that Photoshop Lightroom may look intimidating at first but with time, you can easily master the tools. Also, what I do - I import the RAW files into PSL, then export them as JPEG and upload them into Blogger. But if the Nikon programme works fine for you then you may just want to stick with it. Either way, your pics look great ;)

  12. These are some great tips - I've been wanting to experiment with the RAW format for ages. I should probably just stop thinking about it and actually start doing it :) thanks for the reminder!

  13. Arteographie22:51

    I would agree with all but the two first items. Flashes are an absolute bless and when rightly handled WILL make the difference (Altho Im talking about off-camera flash, whether triggered or thru cord... which isn't much of a jump).

    As for number 1, I very personally believe and advocate that "getting actually inspired" is 80% of the job. A photog should be working on always being inspired and there are various methods for achieving that... I would reformulate: Shoot when you feel inspired. If you're not feeling it, work harder".

    For everything else on the list, we already discussed it together and came to an agreement ;-)

    Keep on producing the good work, much love!

  14. Hi Edouard, as I love your photography work, I highly value this feedback. Thanks for having taken the time to share your point of view.

    To be honest, I am motivated 90% of the time. It happens rarely that I'm not feeling it but you are right, I shall overcome this.

    Regarding the flash, I'll give it a try. I may see the benefit of it.

    Thanks again! xo

  15. I only just switched to shooting in RAW and it has made all the difference when it comes to editing. Thanks for these tips!

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  16. Pisa00:38

    Great tips dear! Thank you for sharing! I absolutly agree with you!
    Lightroom is great to edit pictures!
    Have a great week!
    XO Pisa

  17. trishiekoh06:18

    I'm so glad you've shared these tips with us, your photography is really amazing. I absolutely agree especially with the number two.Natural light is the most flattering and effortless.

  18. These are some great tips, I really need to step it up and learn my camera better. I feel so ghetto because I use Picmonkey to edit my photos but I love the vintage filters

  19. Trang Do08:32

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing dear!

    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  20. These are great tips. I lost my DSLR a few years back and been wanting to replace it since. I got behind the lens a few months ago and was so disappointed to see how much I'd forgotten. I savour all these tips for when I finally get around to replacing it (saving up for a Canon 7D!)


  21. Edita Lozovska13:58

    Epic tips, especially on the RAW files, it makes all the difference!


  22. great tips! do all off them all the time ;) I have 50 mm f/1.4 USM and 85mm f/1.8 USM. I also travel often, so I also need a new general lens ;)


  23. Great tips, I love shooting in natural light. It does so much more appreciation for nature and my skintone. I will have to check out the RAW tip.

  24. Love the tips, thanks for sharing babe




    Great tips, thanks for sharing

    I hope you are having a lovely week so far

    Filipa xxx
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  26. It's a good point about only taking shots when you feel like it. I need to pick your brain about applying a standard set of actions in Lightshop like a specific filter for all photos as I still haven't worked it out

  27. Sybil03:24

    aahhh prime lens and raw format totally changed the game for me too!!

    Have a great day!

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  28. Thanks for the tips! I'm using a Sony A6000 but I think I need to upgrade my lens!


  29. Very informative post. You have a nice DSLR camera and fantastic lenses for it! I edit all my photos in Photoshop CS5.

  30. Thank you! The Nikon programme is very prime, and doesn't give me the chance to do all the things I want to. I'd be very happy to master Photoshop Lightroom one day.

  31. Pamela RG14:39

    These are wonderful and helpful tips. I have a DSLR but it is too heavy to carry so I use a compact camera, Nikon J1. Editing the photos are important too.

  32. Mary15:04

    Thanks Anouk! Your photos are all so lovely. I'm inspired to try RAW format soon... I feel intimidated by it though for some reason. Do you have any recommendation for a lens for travel scenery? I'm going to Greece this summer and want something to capture all the beautiful landscape scenery.


    Love, Mary

  33. kenza dwn11:35

    Those are some really good advices thank you ! :)

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr/

  34. Awesome tips thanks for sharing!



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