How to Shoot Better Photos More Quickly

When you see a great shot or say to yourself “that would make a great photo,” you want to be able to actually take that photo – right now. You don’t want to fumble around with your camera and lenses. Here’s a simple, simple way to take shots more quickly. (And, you’ll get better results.)


Take out your camera and practice with it. You will get more shots and take better photos than if you don’t.

When I don’t take photos for awhile and then come back to my camera, I’m clumsy with it. It takes me a solid hour of working with my camera to get back to the level where I feel comfortable going out and taking some shots. That’s just me, but I think it applies to almost everyone.

Worse yet, I’m horrible with a new camera. I just changed from my old dSLR (a Canon T1i) to a new one (a Canon 80D). I knew they would be a bit different, but I had no idea that some basic things would be affected.

For one, they moved the on/off switch from one side of the camera to the other. I use this switch all the time, and it is really hard for me to get used to that change. I routinely use my left thumb to try to turn on my new camera and the switch is just not there. It is on my old camera, but not on this new one. Annoying, but something that a bit more practice with the camera will remedy. I need to work more with my new camera. Period.


Regardless of the camera, you should have your favorite settings saved in it. Almost all new cameras have some kind of custom settings on the knob, and I highly encourage you to take advantage of this and make your own settings ahead of time. Countless photos will be saved by doing this. I wrote about how I do this, and I highly recommend you save your own custom settings in every camera you own.


Practice, practice, practice and repeat as needed is the old saying. In photography, it is essential. Practice with your camera. Feel the physical hardware in your hands and get good with it. Expand and apply this to every piece of photography equipment you own, and you will be far ahead of the average photographer, and you’ll get more shots – better ones too.

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