4 Photography Rules You Can Apply in Real Life Scenarios

We often use photography as a source of inspiration or as a medium to tell a story. But did you know that it's pretty helpful in real life scenarios, too?
by Maia Guadalupe   |  Jun 29, 2017
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We often use photography as a source of inspiration or as a medium to tell a story. But did you know that it's pretty helpful in real life scenarios, too? Below are photography rules that are also applicable IRL.

  1. "You don't have to have the latest gadget."

It's a common misconception that you need to have the latest camera or phone in order to produce quality photos, but it isn't always the case. Good photographs can be taken with any camera. While it's understandable that we want to keep up with the trends to avoid being FOMO, it's also nice if you can use what you currently have to make something amazing out of it. Don't be too busy catching up on the latest to the point where you don't appreciate what you're blessed with anymore. 

  1. "Reading the manual truly matters."

Admit it, none of us really read the camera's manual unless we're trying to understand something really complicated. Most of the time, we self-study and just tinker with the cam. But a lot of pros in photography courses or workshops suggest that you should get to know your camera well and that means that you should familiarize yourself with the manual. As in life, I think in a way, our parents are very own "manuals" in life. They are the ones who guide us and provide us with all the tips and tricks that make our lives easier to live.

  1. "Use different perspectives."

Photographers often fall into the bad habit of shooting everything we see from eye-level. We mostly stick to what we see in front and instantly take a picture of it. But we have to remember that what we see is not necessarily the whole story, that's why experts often recommend to use different angles because it gives the picture more depth and meaning. 

In real life, we usually focus on what is ahead of us or what is told to us. And because of this, it's so easy to become judgmental and to create assumptions about someone because we don't know the whole story. To avoid this, we have to put ourselves in the shoes of the other person. We have to be open to different angles that can give us a more concrete idea of the entire picture. 

  1. "Learn to wait."

This is probably the most underrated rule in photography. I know the feeling of seeing a great shot and just wanting to capture it instantly. But my photography professor once told me that I should wait a little bit, even just a few minutes. According to him, the key to the perfect photo is the little details.

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Our generation grew up with mostly everything being instantly given to us and we tend to forget the value of hardwork and perseverance. But by waiting, we are able to slow down and enjoy every moment that we have. We are able to capture little memories that we can cherish forever.

Do you have anything to add to this list? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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Maia Guadalupe
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Maia is a nerd by day, and a writer by night. She believes that everyone has a story to tell, and maybe one day you'll hear hers.
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