Once upon a time, if you were a professional photographer, it probably meant you went to school to study photography. Not so much these days! In fact, with the rise of smartphones, almost anyone can teach themselves the finer points of capturing great photos — depending on the quality of their camera, that is.
Of course, good photography starts out with good equipment. But it’s much more than that! It’s also having an eye for playing with light, shadow, space and negative space, color, and pattern. So, with all that being said, maybe not EVERYONE can be a photographer — no matter how good their phone or camera is.
If you’re interested in photography, you might have studied it in school yourself. Or you might just have gotten your hands on an amazing camera only to discover that you have an eye for taking great photos. Either way, being a great photographer is more about being creative and understanding the elements of beautiful photos than about having a degree.
As with almost anything, even experienced photographers still learn as they go! That’s one of the wonderful things about the internet. Here are 50 inside tips for how to make your pictures go from ordinary to extraordinary.