Ever thought of taking photos like in the magazine? Or an Instagram worthy ones?

Be like a professional photographer. Begin learning on taking photos like a pro in these five easy tips.

Understand the Lighting

The foundation of photography is lighting. Take some time to observe the light and watch where it is coming. With this, you may capture lovely images wherever you place your subject.

If you wanted a flattering glow on the portrait of your subject, take it an hour before the sun sets. This time is called the golden hour while landscape fotografo takes photos of nature during the blue hour.

When shooting foods and other static subjects, prevent having unwanted shadows and place the light at the side or back of the focus.

Shoot in Manual Mode

Manual mode increases the aperture size. Aperture can control the light flow in the lens.

This mode also slows down the shutter speed which allows the light falls in the camera for a long time. Moreover, it increases the ISO, light sensitivity and exposure while decreasing the depth of field.

Most photographers prefer and masters shooting in a manual mode.

Take Photos like a Pro

Use Different Lenses

If you aim to take professional photos, it is the best idea to purchase the camera body and the lenses separately as there are different lenses needed for every type of photography.

Here are a few of the types of lenses:

  • Ultra-wide Angle Lens or Fish-eye (8mm to 16mm) gives a panoramic view of the captured photo.
  • Wide-angle lenses (16mm to 35mm) captures the ambiance in the broader view.
  • Prime lenses (fixed angle: 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, etc.) mostly used in portrait or street photography.
  • Zoom lenses (70mm to 800mm) bring the distant object closer without any bulge or distortion in the image.
  • Macro lenses are lenses commonly designed to capture small objects or tiny details such as jewelry, product, and even nature.

Grey-card for Exposure

Grey card is commonly used by a photographer to provide correct exposure.  It makes sure that the white colors in your image are white in the photo.

It acts as a perfect neutral part in the image usually used as the point of reference in editing the photo.

Edit using Lightroom 

Most of the time, photographer saved photos in a RAW file meaning these are photos with lack of contrast and looks flat.

There are loads of editing software applications online but learning the basic of Lightroom improves the photo you’ve taken. You may watch tutorials on YouTube or even enroll in an online program for advanced editing techniques.

RAW files give you creative freedom because you have a lot of options in editing.


Photography is not just about capturing a photo. It’s more than about getting correct light exposure. It’s about how you decide on how much motion and depth of field you want.

All you need is to try, observe, investigate, and explore further while working on these tips. You’ll find more about photography and enhance more the professional photographer in you.