Aishah Ansari

Simple Photography Tips

May 2, 2013

Blog Everyday in May Challenge Day 2!

Day 2: Educating you on something I know a lot about or am good at: Photography

I have been doing photography since the age of 15? 16? I started my own freelance photography business at the age of 16 while I was taking a photography class in high school. I also worked with a professional photographer at weddings, and he is always giving me tips. I will not call myself a 'pro' when it comes to photography- but I know what I'm doing. I know about lighting. For example, stand against the sun light when taking outdoor photos! It is actually acceptable to put your camera on 'Full Auto' when it is ridiculously sunny outside to prevent having any sunlight glare bubbles in your photos. I am very, very, very picky about having distracting objects in the background. The smallest thing- part of a chair sticking out-can ruin what could have been an amazing photo. So, always be aware of what it coming into your frame of the photo you are about to take. 

I have learned, through portrait sessions, that you will take hundreds, and hundreds of photos. You will take twenty-five photos of the person in the same pose, but only one will be worthy of showing to your client. I have also learned am still learning on how to take criticism. My family helped me realize, the criticism is only to help me get better. So, I'm learning to not let criticism affect me in a negative way. Instead, I'm trying to take the criticism and turn it into a positive as in "okay, I did it this way this time, never again"..or something along the lines of that. 

I am not a pro at editing pictures either. I will admit that. I wish I had those mad photoshop skills that so many people have, however I do not like it when people edit a picture so much that it look overexposed, and just...well fake. No one has piercing blue eyes like that- and woah! Where did your pores go? Do you not have any? I think editing has it's limits.
If you edit a photo too much, it is no longer classified as a photo. 

When shopping for a DSLR camera- shop around. I was just recently contacted by a friend and he needed advice as to which camera would be the best investment, which websites are legit, which reviews he should trust, and so on. I was happy I was able to guide him from what I have learned. {I am a die hard Canon, no exceptions. My photography teacher converted me.} 

Honestly, the best way for me to educate you about photography is to tell you to have fun with it! Mess around with the settings, mess around with your camera, you won't break it! Have fun, experiment, and get out there and capture life's precious moments.

I hope you learned something today!!
Join the challenge & fun and linkup! 

**It was so hard to pick out pictures for this post...check out a lot more of my work here!

Come back tomorrow for Day 3!


xo Aishah Ansari

1 comment

  1. EEEEEEeee. Girl, I loved this.
    A) You and I are photography twins! I started around 15/16 too. Worked at a studio, and followed some friends around weddings.

    B) I am hardcore canon or DIE. As I was reading the part about you recommending your friend a camera I was internally chanting ("...As long as its a Canon... As long as its a Canon.")

    You're right about the messing around part. I have learned tripple what I learned from photography class just messing with settings and trying new things. Can't wait to see more of your work.


My thoughts are...

© The Bold and Brown. Design by FCD.