4. Use your Cameras Manual Settings
Using manual settings is something a lot of people are not doing. They just put the camera on AUTO and start snapping pictures. Don’t do it!
Don’t get me wrong, AUTO settings are doing a great job most of the time. But if you want to step up your pictures you have to know how to use manual settings to your advantage.
Learn the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Switch the camera into Manual Mode and get familiar with these settings.
By manually adjusting aperture you can control the depth of field yourself. By using manual shutter you can either show some movement in your picture or completly freeze the scenery. This is very useful when shooting waterfalls or a flowing river. With ISO you can reduce the noise in your pictures and you will be able to adopt to tricky light situations.
5. The Rule of Thirds
Never heard of the Rule of Thirds? You should definitely make use of it, and a lot of people already do without knowing.
This is one of the most classic rules in Photography and it helps you to get a better composition by breaking down your picture into several sections.
This is how it works: Split the picture into 9 even sections, our Sony A7 offers a function for this in the menu, and nowadays most cameras offer this as well. You can now see the 4 intersections. Most of the time you want to put the object in your picture directly onto one of the intersections. However, sometimes you can also put the object on one of the lines.
Keep in mind that this is not always the necessary rule you have to apply, breaking rules can often lead to amazing pictures. However, this way you usually get a visually appealing composition.