7 SIMPLE photography TIPS I wish I knew EARLIER

  • Published on Jul 8, 2018
  • I was looking through some old photos and realised how far I have come in the last few years. So I tried to understand why and came up with these 7 photography tips that help me improve my landscape photos. I really think they made a big difference and helped me take great shots. From understanding your camera better to light and composition.
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  • Nigel Danson
    Nigel Danson  Year ago +119

    Thanks for watching! The link for the app mentioned in video is geni.us/Photopills 👍

    • Tina MacKinnon
      Tina MacKinnon Month ago

      Will this ever come to android?

    • DJ cat
      DJ cat 3 months ago

      Tip: sub this human!!!!!

    • Hangs4Fun
      Hangs4Fun 9 months ago +3

      my most recent light bulb moment, was combining Aperture priority with "ISO AUTO Min. SS" and assigning that to the C2 button right next to my shutter. That allows me to set a preference for a shutter speed that I don't want to go slower than. My a9 basically looks at the aperture I have chosen and locks that in. Then it sets the shutter at the preference I used with "ISO AUTO Min. SS" and starts adjust ISO. I also have AUTO ISO with some restrictions and have it set to 100 on the low side and 6,400 on the high side (sometimes I go to 12,800 or down to 3,200) . First, if the camera can achieve 100 ISO it will then speed up the shutter speed until the exposure level I have requested is set (I usually start at Exp Comp 0). If it is darker, it will increase ISO until it hits the max I set. Once it hits max ISO, Aperture and ISO are not locked. At this point the camera is forced to slow down the shutter speed to get the exposure I set. So basically, Once I make the artistic decision of aperture and depth of field, I then pick a starting point with "ISO AUTO Min. SS". Lets say 1/2000 for action, 1/500 for people walking, 1/125 for slightly moving subjects, etc. Then I look at how the exposure is going and adjust the Exp Comp to my eye's happiness (I keep my metering mode assigned to the C3 button and sometimes will adjust that). At that point I am just managing light and subject blur, and will watch the shutter speed if my camera runs out of light at the shutter speed I want. I used to be a manual shooter, now I'm almost always in Aperture mode.

    • Caytoh Red Man
      Caytoh Red Man Year ago


    • Molly Heath
      Molly Heath Year ago

      @Nigel Danson, what video editing software do you use for your videos?

  • Keith Chamberlain
    Keith Chamberlain 18 hours ago

    I'm sure we're all aware that it's a learning curve. One improves at most things with practice. Self criticism is not always useful. It can be discouraging. You have been warned...

  • Jennifer Hunter
    Jennifer Hunter Day ago

    Great tips!! You asked what our tips are - 1- for people shots, turn off the flash, 2 - take pictures of people, not the room, so get in closer, 3 - take more pictures of the same thing, 4 - light makes or breaks a picture (same as your #7), 5 - take pictures of interesting things!!!, 6 - don't spend too much time in post - processing, a better use of time is more photography practice

  • Lisa Zao
    Lisa Zao Day ago

    One tip I want to give photographers is, don’t embarrass your client by pressuring them to smile & show teeth. Everyone knows, you smile in photos. If they don’t smile, don’t pressure them. They might not have the best teeth and so they don’t want to show it.

  • fluke fluke
    fluke fluke Day ago

    good...thank you

  • David Husberg
    David Husberg Day ago

    My first and best tip for photography is: Calm down. Slow your breathing and focus on what you are doing right there and then. I´m a bit of a scatter-brain and usually get really excited when the tripod gets set up and then dont take the time to calm down and start looking at the details through the camera. When I started to try to calm down, I got more and better photos and a really big plus was that I was becoming calmer and not stressing about.
    Love the video Mate, you have som top advice!

    PROVOKATOR 2 days ago

    Nobody of us Need to be any good photographer, because the camera it self make the Pictures and Videos. Our only work by this is just take care about the Lights, Focus and the Angle how we wanna Picture them as the Picture become a good Looking. Nothing else! No Equipment no Nothing. And this makes a good photographer of you.

  • John Koster
    John Koster 2 days ago

    I use aperture priority 75% of the time. Typically I’m only in full manual in the studio or when I’m using flash on location.

  • Mark Wick
    Mark Wick 4 days ago

    I have been a professional photographer since 1974. I don't remember how far into my career that it really hit me what I was doing, but you got to it with our last point. For years I asked people, including many pro photographers, what subject they photograph the most. I got all kinds of answers, but never the correct one - light. Light is our subject, usually reflected light, sometimes projected light, and sometimes both. Once I understood that, I had made the biggest improvement on my photos that I could make.

    • Nigel Danson
      Nigel Danson  3 days ago

      Yep! Light is the only thing we photograph

  • Whale driver
    Whale driver 6 days ago

    I spend a great deal of time in Yosemite National Park where I see thousands of tourists on days of clear skies and bright sunlight, all crowding the best vistas. I decided I’d visit these favorite spots very early in the day, late in the afternoon - to use the blue hour and golden hour on both sides of sunlight - and at night. My photography greatly improved and I began getting much better photos. My best idea, however, was to go out when the weather was cloudy, foggy, or stormy - far more dramatic than in bright sunlight and blue skies - and I’m taking many photos of which friends want prints.

  • Krom1hell
    Krom1hell 6 days ago

    Sure, the "brown photo" with better light is more powerfull, but then the first one is more pleasing from the standpoint of a natural perspective.
    Imagine having the perfect light in the photo with the perfect colors.......
    It's just like bringing upt the temperature on a photo that you know you took at -40 degrees and your fingers were stuck to the body of the camera :))....But it looks warm.

  • Ramon Felipe Wagner
    Ramon Felipe Wagner 6 days ago

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said something like "perfection (in art) is not when there's nothing else you can add, but when there's nothing else you can remove". I think it matches your point #4 quite well.

  • Lucas Ferreira Marques

    amazing video

  • Stewie Sewe-Geche
    Stewie Sewe-Geche 16 days ago

    Just found you. I am binging.

  • Dadan M Syuhada
    Dadan M Syuhada 17 days ago

    Nice tips

  • Roger Newton
    Roger Newton 21 day ago

    Very good informative video. Pretty much use the same equipment. ISO is another tip to talk about, but as this is the first video I have seen of yours, you probably covered it in a another one. Subscribed.

  • Robert Dickson
    Robert Dickson 21 day ago

    Loved the histogram tip. Haven’t tried it yet but it seems to make so much sense.

  • Kasia Englert
    Kasia Englert 21 day ago

    The moment I understand how much I still don't know about photography is the moment I progress the most - meaning everyday ;-) and especially watching others spectacular works and tutorials like yours. However, I find the biggest limitation in the camera itself and all its manual... more I get to know, more confused I am. Now I know for sure, it is impossible to become a great photographer in one day ;-) like a good surfer... it takes years and thousands of photos taken. Time, lots of time... that what matters... It is good to listen to advises but until you don't try, don't make a mistake yourself or achieve a really good shot, you don't use... I like to go back on instagram to the first photos posted by people who have really nice shots... it is amazing the progress each of them make! There is hope for me than ;-) Thanx a lot for some time spent together (me watching your films).

  • jynw29059
    jynw29059 23 days ago

    Hi Nigel great video, was also great to see so many places we have been so often, LLandwyn, Buttermere, Glencoe area etc, fond memories
    Biggest two tips, which helped me not only capture better images but perhaps, more importantly, remove the stress and potential disappointment when going out to shoot
    1) it's great to have a plan, a goal before you set off, check where the sun will be at X time, north-south facing bluffs, weather, all the things we do to prepare..... But do not become so consumed with getting that shot that it's all you see, LLandwyn is a great example, so consumed with the perfect sunset with the perfect clouds that if they aren't there you can become frustrated, disappointed. Look around ALWAYS enjoy the beauty of the place you are in, let it inspire you on the day, by all means, have a plan but do not become tunnel vision obsessed with a set shot/
    2) When you get back home or to the hotel still full of the buzz of a shoot, do not review your shots, they will never match up to the vision you have of them still high on the experience of adventure. Wait a couple of days or a week, it's easier to be objective, and be realistic many shots take as long to carefully edit as they do to take its the other half of photography
    I see so many people disappointed because they do not see the results straight out of the camera, they lose faith in their ability and give up, because they expect the results amazing photographers like yourself post, straight out of the camera, not realising its a two-stage process.

  • Rob Keaton
    Rob Keaton 23 days ago

    Wake up early

  • Photos with Ali
    Photos with Ali 24 days ago

    Some very good tips. Thank you :)

  • Robert Crook
    Robert Crook 25 days ago

    Great content. Thank you.

  • Grizzly
    Grizzly 25 days ago

    Intro outro music?

  • Detiul N.M.K.
    Detiul N.M.K. 26 days ago +1

    I really wish i had a camera

  • Christopher Syphertt
    Christopher Syphertt 26 days ago

    where was that intro taken?

  • florance333
    florance333 26 days ago

    They always say that the gear doesn't matter as much as the photographer's skill but it's the biggest lie. The lens really makes a huge difference in the quality and creative look of the images. For example, wide lenses give interesting distortions to foreground objects, while fast lenses give a beautiful soft background blur that makes the object stand out.

    • florance333
      florance333 23 days ago

      @15 Volsky What's your objection? All professional photographers who say gear isn't that important have multiple lenses and a body that costs a few thousand dollars. Obviously gear won't make you a good photographer by itself but it shouldn't be dismissed as secondary to the art.

    • 15 Volsky
      15 Volsky 23 days ago

      Ok..... Then more gear for you🤣

  • Lewis Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton 26 days ago +1

    i am a beginner for photography i think that my photos were ok but when i watched this video the results were 1,000,000 % better thank you

  • I agree with you.
    I agree with you. 26 days ago

    Aw the guy used all images from places I visited in Wales

  • Bits of Everywhere
    Bits of Everywhere 26 days ago

    Thank you so much for this video. I tend to make your mistake number 4. I want to put EVERYTHING into one photo. It's a daily struggle to remind myself to simplify, zoom in and focus on something specific.

  • Andrew Elder
    Andrew Elder 27 days ago

    These are great tips, thank you! Do you have any on the settings you use -- in camera or in Lightroom -- to get the quality of your images? Such as the landscapes at the 14:15 mark? BEAUTIFUL!!

  • Trev 007
    Trev 007 28 days ago

    Sorry got bored in 2 minutes.

    • 15 Volsky
      15 Volsky 23 days ago

      Have a good day then trev

  • Paul Purser
    Paul Purser 29 days ago

    Nailed it.

  • ralph clayton
    ralph clayton Month ago

    Be patient and wait for your surroundings to change. I often go into the back yard, sit down, and wait for animal and insects to come. They always do. Even the patience of watching and filming the different stages of birch tree development. I am amazed at how quickly our star light changes in daylight hours as we circle in our orbit. Shadows move and light shapes and forms blending with those shadows. So again, be patient and be ready.

  • Stephen
    Stephen Month ago

    I love that shelf!

  • C O B R A
    C O B R A Month ago

    Tip no.8: Remove lens cap before you take a photo😊

  • Tom Tafola
    Tom Tafola Month ago

    Fantastic video love every thing about it

  • Rok Podlogar
    Rok Podlogar Month ago

    true. manual works best for studio lighting. use Av and bracket +1/-1 and you're done.

  • Carlos Gutierrez
    Carlos Gutierrez Month ago

    Man !!!, awesome , thanks for your kindness !!!

  • tedberkeley
    tedberkeley Month ago

    Good advice. Simplify by using "pars pro toto" i.e part instead of the whole.

  • Majim
    Majim Month ago

    I just started getting into photography with a second hand LX100. Something i learned after a few days of doing photography is to clear your mind from other people impression of you. I always felt anxious every time i take a photo, because people around me are watching and judging my method and gears i used. It really messed up the shot I'm trying to take because my mind is already thinking of quickly getting away from the spot.

  • Dmitry H
    Dmitry H Month ago

    What a nice person! It was really exiting.

  • David Wamback
    David Wamback Month ago

    My ah moments for landscape:
    Composition: Pre visualize. Move feet, left, right, forward, back, and the camera higher or lower. I won't set up the tripod until I find the composition I want.
    Exposure: I'm a big proponent of aperture preferred. On windy days I like manual with auto ISO. In both instances exposing to the right using the histogram & exposure compensation dial. Bracket. I like to take multiple images on windy days. Use the lowest ISO possible within the confines of the conditions.

  • Johnny Walker
    Johnny Walker Month ago

    Really cool video, I especially like the part about simplifying, that really struck a chord and will no doubt help me loads. The part that lost me completely was where you did your little drawing of the mountains and getting it all on focus - I couldn't make head nor tail of that part (I think)... I watched another video where he says to split the scene in to thirds (horizontally), point the camera down to the first third, half press to focus, then raise the camera and fully press the shutter... Is that the same or similar to what you're explaining?

  • Azhureus
    Azhureus Month ago

    Thanks man, wanna start shooting, ordered Fujifilm X-T100, tips like this will come handy.

  • Framarz Mohammad
    Framarz Mohammad 2 months ago

    Could you explain the chractristics of Olympus Mark2? Is it a good camera?

  • Bao Doan
    Bao Doan 2 months ago

    First time watching your video and I thought you're a Photography Lindybeige.

  • Christopher Buckenham photography

    Iam not a landscape photographer my reason for useing manual is the conditions I work in the cameras auto caperbilty just doesn't work. The rest is good advice that I use a lot.

  • Robert W Quaranta jr
    Robert W Quaranta jr 2 months ago

    pay attention to the lightand think about the focus

  • Brottochstraff
    Brottochstraff 2 months ago

    You are absolutely right! I got my 16mm lens a while back, and now that i think about it, it actually made my images worse because im tryting to get everything in all the time. Time to dust off the 70-200 again!

  • Arnaud Malan
    Arnaud Malan 2 months ago

    Awesome video! I was kind of expecting to see the usual, almost-cliché things like rule of thirds, using manual mode instead of auto, etc. You actually brought out some more unique and valuable tips. Thank you!

  • Rathan Sherigar
    Rathan Sherigar 2 months ago

    love the way you say much much..
    very informative video..thanks for sharing and telling all the little importance of the photographer and the vast knowledge involved to get just one perfect picture..all down to earth info.. thanks..

  • Dale Watkins
    Dale Watkins 2 months ago

    Thank you, and quickly...the histogram has helped me the most as of late. I tend to not get out nearly enough, as I tend to not feel I want to go out on days with bad light (rainy/dull days) of which we've had many lately here in western Canada, but generally finding good light and the histogram do it for me.

  • jamestdoe1
    jamestdoe1 2 months ago

    not sure if you're still reading comments on this, but I'm confused about your point on focusing - rather than focusing on infinity on a mountain range, focus on the mountains instead? Is there any notable difference between focusing to infinity on mountains that are miles away and focusing on "nearly" infinity at those same mountains?

  • Powerbounce
    Powerbounce 2 months ago

    Play at 1.25x

    You are welcome

    • 15 Volsky
      15 Volsky 23 days ago

      Delete your life your mom will thank me later 😏

  • DeepForest
    DeepForest 2 months ago

    It's Nikon ['naikon].
    You mispronounce it.

    • GreenRC24
      GreenRC24 2 months ago

      It's pronounced Crap, it's French!

  • Gear Focus
    Gear Focus 2 months ago

    Great tips and video.

  • Michael O'Brien
    Michael O'Brien 2 months ago

    I liked your comment about taking things out. I very much like capturing small elements and making them beautiful. I live outside of Washington DC and nothing gives me more pleasure than someone looking at a photo of a well-known landmark like the Jefferson Memorial or US Capital and say "This is stunning. Where is it?" and the. Watch their astonishment ad the recognize what it is once I tell them.

  • Yous Uck
    Yous Uck 2 months ago +2

    i like having some of my shots totally messy with detail. finding a way to compose a complex scene is a challenge itself.
    powerlines with the right light and a lot of clutter can create a really engaging image.

  • Scarletsunset
    Scarletsunset 2 months ago

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing tips. I love landscape photography.

  • Subhajit Bhattacherjee
    Subhajit Bhattacherjee 2 months ago

    simplification tip taken you've opened my eyes to an entirely new way of photographing my world