Do It Yourself - Improve Your Photos

By: Kelly Smith; Photos by Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

We have told you about the importance of drawing your audience in with quality images, where to find images and how to properly credit them if photography isn't your strong suit, and now we are going to share all the secrets you need to know when it comes to doing it yourself and improving your photos on your own.

No matter what, whether you are using an iPhone or the most expensive DSLR camera on the market, the number one tip you will hear from everyone is to find and use great light. So turn off those man-made lights and read this article about how to find the best light right inside your home.

Second, get brave and start using your camera on manual mode. Refresh yourself on the basics and then commit to practicing on a regular basis. Over time, it will make all the difference in your photos.

Once you have the basics down, start thinking about your subject and how you want to capture and showcase the emotions behind the photo. Every photo should tell a little story that enhances the article being published. So, learn how to slow down and capture it.

Post-processing is such an important step when it comes to presenting photos online. Although it can be overwhelming, we have broken it down into two parts – the basics of saving and sizing a photo for editing purposes and three simple improvements that anyone can start making today.

Learning how to take compelling photos takes time. Be patient with yourself, continue to ask questions, and don't be afraid to make mistakes.

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.