Here is a recap of our top photography takeaways for 2017. A must- read if one of your 2018 resolutions is to step up your photography game!

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Photo by  Lemjay Lucas
Canon EOS 60D | Canon EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM | f/11 | ISO 100 | 15s

1. “To set your image apart from other photographers, always try to think out of the box and try to see things in a different perspective.  Do not be afraid to experiment, you’ll never know when you’ll capture a decisive moment from a unique angle.” – EOS World Community Ambassador, Lemjay Lucas

2. “Always be different. I will avoid shooting together with a big group of photographers so that I will able to deliver a photo that has a different perspective.” – EOS World Community Ambassador, Stanley Cheah

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Photo by Harish Segar
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | Canon EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM |  f/8 | ISO 1000 | 1/320s

3. The golden time frame for shooting sunsets and sunrises is an estimation of 30 minutes after the setting or rising of the sun. – Under The Sun – Tips for Sunrise and Sunset Photography

4. The investment in a comfortable camera strap makes a difference when you photograph for hours and the strap starts to dig into your skin. – 5 Essential Canon DSLR Accessories For Beginners

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Photo by John Scott
Canon EOS 5D Mark II | ISO 250| f/11 | 1/125s

5. “Quality lenses are a must. But light is equally important too.” – EOS Professional, John Scott

6. If you happen to be shooting on a day when the sky looks dull, using a polarising (PL) filter can deepen the contrast in your photo to bring out a deep, rich blue sky. – Different Filters For Different Occasions

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Photo by Alvin Foo
Canon EOS 5D Mark II | f/8 | ISO 160 | 1/200s

7. “From the perspective of photojournalism/documentary photography, I would say the “subject matter”. It’s interest and relevancy to your story would affect the final success of the shot.” – EOS Professional, Alvin Foo

8. To determine how much saturation you need, the easiest method would be to increase the intensity and adjust it back down to find that sweet spot. Remember, less is more! A little boost can go a long way. – Simple Tips and Tricks In Photo Editing

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Photo by Karan Gurnani
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | f/2.2 | ISO 125 | 1/250s

9. ” One of my favourites is to fill the frame entirely with the subject and make the crop as tight as possible (often at the expense of the top of their heads). I do this to bring attention to the subject’s expression to bridge the gap between the audience and the feeling I’m trying to invoke with the portrait.” – EOS Professional, Karan Gurnani

10. “I always say it is you behind the camera rather than your camera that makes the difference in your photography. It is through your eye that you observe. It is your personal vision. Studying the photos of the masters will help you understand how to frame, and teach you to recognise photo opportunities more easily.” – EOS Professional, Ryan Cheng

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Photo by Braden Wong
Canon EOS 6D | f/5 | ISO 200 | 1/80s

11. “Most zoom lenses boast about the macro settings in them. However, only true macro lenses have the capability to produce images with a reproduction ratio (ratio of subject size on the sensor to actual subject size) of at least 1:1. Therefore, it is wiser to invest in a high-quality lens to capture these tiny details.” – EOS Professional, Braden Wong

12. “To capture that perfect expression, I always set my camera to burst mode. This increases my chances of getting sharper photos, and choosing the best expression as both parties move.” – EOS Professional, Ronald Paras

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Photo by Kevin Ma
Canon EOS 5D Mark II | f/11 | ISO 400| 1/125s

13. “From the macro perspective, perhaps the most effective way of capturing the exterior of a building is to locate a vantage point that offers a panoramic perspective. One good way is to get high, literally. Up a hill, over a clock tower, or any other tall buildings within the vicinity.” – EOS World Community Ambassador Kevin Ma

14. “Find someone experienced who is willing to take you under his wing and teach you everything. This will be a big help to easing the learning curve.” – EOS Professional, Howard Yap

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Photo by Jun Pagalilauan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III | f/18 | ISO 100 | 121s

15. “I often wait for the light as this helps me improve how my images look. But I still need to consider the design elements and the way light behaves in relation to the former. Only then can we compose with rules such as the Central Full, Rule of the Thirds, and the Golden Ratio that serve as guidelines. These are fundamentals we cannot ignore if we work in this genre of photography.” – EOS Professional, Jun Pagalilauan

16. “It might sound clichéd, but practice make perfect! Eventually you will discover your own style while exploring.” – EOS Professional, Ryan Cheng

Bookmark this article and keep these tips in mind to fuel your photography journey!