One of the most basic lessons in photography which every aspiring photographer should remember is perspective. Perspective is different for everyone, even for people standing at the same place, at the same time.

Now that most of us are staying home, this rule on perspective is very important. Are we going to see this time as an opportunity to learn or as a ‘staycation’ of sort? Either way, we need images to document this period, not only as a record for posterity but as something to ponder on in the future.

This is the best time to practice and hone your photography skills. If you do not have access to a DSLR camera, you can use your mobile phone.

If you want to improve your images, our friends from Storyteller have provided some very important tips to keep in mind.

What is photography?

Photography is the art, application and practice of creating images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either by means of an image sensor or by means of a light-sensitive material such as film. Simply put, photography is the art of creating images using a camera.

Types of Camera

Common Photography Terms

Exposure is the amount of light allowed to fall on each area unit of a photographic medium (photographic film or Image Sensor) during the process of taking a photograph.

Exposure is measured in lux/seconds and can be computed from exposure value (EV) and scene luminance in a specified region.

Aperture In optics, an aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels (LV or light value)

Shutter Speed or exposure time is the effective length of time a camera shutter is open and is measured by time/msec.

ISO Light Sensitivity
Shutter Exposure and Subject Movement
Aperture DOF (Depth of Field)


  • Move close to the subject

  • The subject should be off-centre
  • Take lots of images
  • Preset exposure and focus

  • Use a tripod
  • Use flash even during the daytime
  • Follow a theme
  • Always look for the light
  • Don’t rely too much on the pop-up flash
  • Predefine moods
  • Experiment on reflections

  • Make sure that you always have spare batteries
  • Always clean your camera

Alan Desiderio of Storyteller has over 25 years of experience as a photographer, covering a wide range of work across publishing, advertising and event disciplines in the Philippines and the Middle East.

Storyteller is a creative agency, production house and post-production house, rolled into one. For collaborations and projects, call 4418 6801 or visit their website


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