We are all looking for little ways to make your photos come to life. Here are some good tricks to really help with the technical side of the camera so you can focus on the image you see in front of you.
Shoot on RAW
This won't compress your image so that you have as much information as possible to work with in post.
To counter high dynamic range causing lowered contrast from RAW, be sure to darken blacks and increase saturation or vibrance in post.
Set your ISO as low as possible
Always shooting around 100 ISO will greatly increase the quality of your images.
You can retain better image quality to shoot with a lower ISO and brighten in post, as opposed to initially shooting with a higher ISO.
Set your camera on a tripod
This will enable you to lower the ISO, even in darker situations.
Reduce camera shake by setting your camera on a 3-second timer or by using a remote shutter.
Use any light leak covering features on your camera such as the viewfinder cover or lens shade
Be cautious of your own movements, even during longer exposures. Even a slight ground shake can affect the image.
4. Play with Panoramic
Shooting a panoramic then stitching or photo-merging can create very clear eye-popping images.
Play with the photo merge feature on Photoshop or Lightroom in order to create one very HQ images from a few smaller photos.
5. Keep the subject properly lit
Aim to evenly and smoothly light your subject.
Using a kicker or rim light can really help define a portrait.
Avoid flat light, which can dull images and make them appear unclear and uninteresting. Follow the light!
6. Find the sharpest F-shop for your camera/lens
You can do this by searching your exact lens by Googling, “sharpest aperture for sigma 18-55mm 1.8.”
Check out hyperFocal calculators to really maximize the effectiveness of your F-stop.