Heres the sixth installment of my fast photo tips. These are simple posts filled with several short ideas to help improve your photography. Don’t over-think it. Just try it.
Sometimes you just need to use manual focus. If you don’t have enough light or contrast – or simply at night in darkness, you’ll want to try manual focus. As good as auto-focus has become, it’s not perfect and in the situations where it isn’t, manual focus is the way to go.
Keep your horizon level. Look for horizontal lines in the shot and frame up on them. Use a bubble level on a tripod for perfect level. Some modern cameras also offer you a custom function that displays a grid in your viewfinder or an electronic level. These work very well for straightening a horizon.
If you’re photographing people in foreign lands, be respectful. Match their customs, dress, and manners. Respect their religions and dignity – ask permission before you make a photograph.