Six quick tips to improve your digital photography

For chapter one in my book Stunning Digital Photography, I want to go over some quick tips that can really quickly improve your
photography. I’m going to use my favorite model here, Cowboy. The first tip that I have is that I
don’t carry a camera bag around nor do I use a lens cap. You see all I have is a camera strap When you carry all that extra gear it
just slows you down. Every time you go to take a picture you have to spend a few seconds taking your camera
out, maybe digging through all those different lenses. So here’s tip number two, and it’s to
eliminate distractions so this is how most people would take a
picture. They would just stand at eye level and take a nice wide angle shot. Nice smile, Cowboy. And what happens there is, you don’t really know what
the subject to the picture is, it looks fine when you’re seeing it with your eye. But when you look at the actual photo, you
see a lot of things in the picture besides the
subject. To eliminate distractions, the easiest thing to do is to get closer and to zoom
in. So I’ll do that now. Cowboy, look up here. Good boy! Getting closer also reduces the depth of field, it blurs the
background a little bit which I cover in depth in Chapter four. The next thing to do, tip
number three is to try different viewpoints. So, I just shot Cowboy from eye level and it’s not that flattering. For smaller
subjects like dogs, you really wanna crouch down and get to the eye level same thing applies for kids. Good boy,
Cowboy. If you’re taking pictures of something like
the Eiffel Tower, you can move to many different sides of it get high and get low, get close, zoom in
zoom out that leads me to tip number four which
is take lots og pictures but delete most at them. You can’t take too
many pictures with digital, it doesn’t cost you a thing but please don’t put 150 pictures of the
same thing on Facebook. Just pick one. For tip number 5 I would
like to talk about flash. Now by default your camera just points the
flash directly at your subject which provides a very flat lighting I’ll take a sample shot now. A better way to
do it is to use bounce flash. Many cameras allow you to attach an
external flash to the hot shoe With the bounce flash you can angle the
flash up. Many bounce flashes even have a diffuser built in that will spread the
light a little bit more evenly. Now as I take a second picture of Cowboy you’ll notice that the lighting is very different the background has more even shadows, the lighting overall looks more natural And if he had red eye in the first
picture, he wouldn’t have red eye in this picture For my last tip, I want to suggest that you edit your photos. All you need to do is
to download a free application like Picasa and just give it a little crop, maybe adjust
the colors and the white balance until looks good Often the application can edit the
settings automatically This was for chapter one in my book
stunning digital photography this was the most basic video and
chapter in the series after this it gets much more complex I can take you from beginner to
very advanced amateur or even professional if you’re willing to put the
time into it. The print book is about twenty dollars. If you get the ebook which is just a few dollars, you should be able to watch videos like this embedded right in it, many videos
which you can’t find on YouTube or other sources. If you like this video
click subscribe above to see other videos like it and click like down below. If you have any questions
for me add them to the comments below I’ll get
right back to you. Thanks. High five Cowboy! Alright! [background laughter]


  1. DvineJok3r March 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I recently purchased the nikon d5300 to which i have the basic lens. however i have noticed throughout your videos your flash adapter. What would you recommend for me to use. I love shooting outdoors and portraits of people. Love your videos. very informing!!!

  2. Sozai Lam March 14, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I cant found your books at Google Play…
    Any idea~?

  3. Kyle M March 23, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    that dog is adorable

  4. Elite1919 April 11, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    what a load of shit how do I make a time lapse video not you chatting shit about your book???

  5. Elite1919 April 11, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Sozai Lam 4 weeks ago
    Hi, I cant found your books at Google Play… Any idea~?

    lol see what a load of shit, lie's

  6. Chandu Reddy April 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Am confused in selecting a good cam, Any cam suggestions for Basic photographers like me.

  7. ankit shah July 5, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I am just a rookie and I have seen lots of your video… They are way too helpful….my question is….how do I create lens flare using Sony alpha 6000

  8. Karl Weaver July 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Great tips etc but the thing that impresses me is you are such a nice guy.

  9. Karl Weaver July 16, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Great price on iBooks, just bought 'Stunning' 🙂

  10. Ken Young August 20, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Great video. Nice work.

  11. Angelo Cruz September 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I have a Nikon d5000 and purchased 500mm lens and the camera came with 18-55,55-200 but plan on using the 500mm for wildlife what lens is good for portraits

  12. Cat September 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Where can you buy the book?

  13. Digital PhotographyTips September 22, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Awesome!… Great Six quick tips to improve digital photography, and I just liked your video! Keep it up!!


  14. October 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Awesome clean video. good Photography Digital Camera review tips!

  15. Sassi Caporale November 8, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Thanks Tony, I've just bought a DSLR camera after enjoying the hobby via my phone. looking forward to watching more videos

  16. AL November 12, 2015 at 8:24 am

    the dog is so cute

  17. WeathaPeek November 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I Just received How to create Stunning Photography; Looks great feels great and the first chapter Quick Tips is great and led me here. In the first 5 mins I've learnt a few things already. I like that on the dedication page you have "made a picture" and not just taken a picture and has me expectant of your book being a great teaching tool. Again GREAT Start, the layout is easy to follow and the first example Figure 1-1 is clear and to the point. Thank You for such a great beginner/intermediate/Pro tool. Would it be possible to get the other videos from the digital download or would I have to purchase that also?

    Thank You again Mr. Northrup

  18. WeathaPeek November 16, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Mr. Northrup, at the moment I have a Panasonic FZ45 Bridge camera but would like to get an entry level DSLR and have been researching the Pentax K-50 as it is WR (weather resistant) has a decent sensor size, features and lenses. Would this be a good camera to make full use of the lessons/advise in your book?

  19. WeathaPeek November 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Mr. Northrup, at the moment I have a Panasonic FZ45 Bridge camera but would like to get an entry level DSLR and have been researching the Pentax K-50 as it is WR (weather resistant) has a decent sensor size, features and lenses. Would this be a good camera to make full use of the lessons/advise in your book?

  20. Vishal kumar December 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    hey tony n Chelsea ! both of u r excellent photographers. I gifted my wife nikon D3200 with kit lens n 55-200mm lens . she is going to india with me for the first time to marry me so she wants to learn few tips n tricks of photography. i want to buy ur book ebook . will it work or ipad air 2 ?

  21. jordy carakasidis December 14, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Tony got your book and taking my time reading it and i am impressed a lot as i have picked up a lot of tips and i am a beginer and love photography now.I love shooting lanscape and wildlife and also now astro photography.Got a question for you.Have you ever been to Australia ?

  22. Sean Smith December 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Tony, i'm based here in Ireland and I've been covering your YouTube channel now for a few months. I picked up the Nikon D5500 in the USA last year during time at work there and I really enjoyed your video on how to master the camera and all it's functions. Thanks for the great videos you post. They're very helpful. Sean.

  23. Viv Christensen December 28, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I just watched several of your videos on You Tube. Thank you so much, they were great and so informative. I just ordered the book How to Create Stunning Photography. I have a Nikon D 40 and was wanting another/better DSLR, especially after taking a few lessons from someone at a camera shop in Dallas. He kinda showed me the mirrorless and well my husband bought me one for Christmas and I was like "Ok, what do I do with it now" . The manual is severely lacking, especially since I didn't have a clue about the camera. The camera is a Sony 6000 Mirror less. Again, thank you so much!!! At least I can get started.

  24. Zwiesel66 January 17, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I hope you "paid" the model with a tasty bone – he did it so well 😉

  25. devoofilm Devaraj January 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Nice tips

  26. Raymond Randolph February 5, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I am on a pretty tight budget, but I bought the Nikon (D7200) before I watched any of your stuff, but I had used a Fuji S3 for 15 years, and this seemed this best upgrade. My lens is Tamron AF XR 28-300mm 1:3.5-6.3 MACRO. I do not feel that I am getting the best pictures or color, even after editing. Could you recommend me a lens and a flash for this camera body? Thanks! C

  27. amateurbeing - alyona February 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Hi, I' just wanted to say thank you for your tutorials. I'm a complete amateur, but I need to improve my photo taking skills (take photos of drawings and handmade jewelry) and your tutorials were an amazing help! They are very visual, understandable and enjoyable as well. Thank you for amazing work!

  28. Bailin Huang February 26, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Wow, Cowboy is really well trained.

  29. Torrevieja Digital Camera Club April 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Hi Guys. I am chairman of a Camera Club in Spain and wondered if you would mind if I show some of your Youtube Videos at our club meetings.
    I find your videos very helpful and thing our members would too.
    Thank you for the great Videos.

  30. bereantrb April 16, 2016 at 2:18 am

    1:41 Thank you for doing your part to better the world.

  31. Tommy T May 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Aw you blinded the poor dog

  32. John Brock jr May 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

    wow look at that dark hair! looking forward to your California trip review.

  33. A. Dan May 28, 2016 at 5:11 am

    does anyone know what camera he is using?

  34. Ammon Morales June 4, 2016 at 4:20 am

    If i buy the digital one will i still get updates? Also it is not $3 dollars anymore.

  35. Eric Larkin June 5, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Love it! take lots of pictures & delete a lot too! Post only 1 picture to FB and not 12+ of the same shot! that snippet of the video needs to get posted on FB?? (I'm a realtor and the same is true with the MLS…no need to post EVERY picture taken)

    Thanks for the videos!

  36. aryan rastogi June 11, 2016 at 8:34 am

    such a amazing work put up by you tony i really wanted it thanx

  37. Nabila Rahman June 16, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Hey, thank you so much for your tutorials. You guys are doing a great work. I was wondering, could you also do a tutorial for sony cybershot dsc hx400v? That'd be such a great help!

  38. Emmet Kelly June 18, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Hi guys. Thank you so much for these videos. Could you post the link to the photo editing software you mentioned? Thanks

  39. FemOdel Photography June 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Hey Tony. @49ersClub here (you will find me on Twitter and Instagram by that username).

    I have now bought my copy of 2 books:
    (1) How to Create Stunning Digital Digital Photography (SDP). I don't intend to sound creepy, but thanks for sharing your gorgeous co-photographer and the love of your life (Chelsea N) with us. She is a stunning model, fun of ideas and creativity.

    (2) Photography Buying Guide.

    Just to make sure that I clarify: I am not affiliated, related with or to, associated with, connected to, nor have I been paid or incentivised to provide this positive feedback.

    I have reviewed countless hours of the T&C videos, and i decided having these books in my library is beneficial, as I can read anywhere, without having to depend on internet connectivity.

    I have been an Canon APS-C DSLR user for years, and I am now upgrading to Full Frame.
    Interestingly, I still have my Canon 55 SLR (roll film for those who have only ever used DSLR).

    Tony's tutorials are extremely beneficial.What can I say about Chelsea! Loads, and I quite like her (in a professional way lol)!

    I hope you guys pay Madelyn for her work lol.

  40. unteroffizier July 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I am glad you are not against NOT using flash on animals. Just bounce it. If you said that to beginners they might always have the idea that flash cannot be used.

  41. jesse_kyl3 July 23, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    cowboy is so adorbs!

  42. Quentin Freeman July 26, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Can u upload another tutorial on how to train dogs 🙂

  43. Tommy Pho July 28, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Hi, I just all my camera (Canon) equipment, and I'm replacing it with Nikon d750. I don't have money to buy the Sigma 24-104 f4 like you suggested in your review. what would you recommend to use with the d750 until I can get the Sigma?

    Also, I just order your book on Amazon, wish I find your channel sooner.

  44. Leona Smith September 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Your missing on lighting angle, I use a kodac 360 led light it can dim right down, so you can use direct 52k light or change it to 3600k from dim to very strong, it has allowed me to use a second tripod for lighting any where as it only uses to batteries. just an Idea.

  45. Wydo1 September 12, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Nice lighting in the room where you did your video.

  46. Ravikiran kalal November 6, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Please make a video on how to read histograms. . .

  47. Sheldon Fernandes November 22, 2016 at 8:26 am

    hey could you help me with a link to purchase your ebook

  48. reagan simon December 8, 2016 at 12:42 am

    I usually listen to what he has to say, but today I was just thinking about how cute and well behaved cowboy is 🙂

  49. Shireen Sukhan December 24, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    i want to buy your book but i don't know where to buy and how ? i live in London

  50. Dat Phan January 1, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Hi, I'm trying to understand the meaning of focal length. I have a nikon d7100 and I recently got a 50 mm f 1.8G. How far do I have to stand away from the object/person to produce a nice picture? What difference does it make between a 50mm and a 85mm lens? And since I'm shooting on a DX body camera, how will a FX lens affect on my pictures?

  51. Asim Akram January 23, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Sir Thanks Alot for the Highest Knowledge for Us……

  52. Jemela Mitchell March 6, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Hey Tony and Chelsea! Just wanted to say that I'm just now learning how to use my camera and your videos have been a big help, just wondering if you guys have one on how to use the diopter dial?

  53. Poco SH March 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    which lens should I use with 760d?

    I have already buy 18-135mm is stm. I am from Bangladesh. I need your book.

  54. Robie Uy March 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I'm watching this but I don't have a real camera yet. By watching this, could I take good photos like that with just my iPhone?

  55. X L April 18, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Couldn't agree more with you on the #4 tip, even more true for wildlife photography. I try to force myself to only keep one or two photos of a given subject.

  56. Mike autostudent May 13, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I purchased your book and like to get your ebook.please let me know how. thanks.

  57. Chuck Pense May 23, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Love Cowboy!

  58. Tony & Chelsea Northrup May 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    ? Buy Our Books on Amazon! ?
    ?Stunning Digital Photography:
    ?Lightroom 6 Book:
    ?Photoshop Book:
    ?Buying Guide:

  59. Jack Peeples June 15, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Awesome video, thanks for taking the time. You have a new subscriber

  60. Man Tav June 19, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Hello Tony
    I just purchased a Nikon D5300
    What would you rate that camera for a beginner? And is it any good for video editing such a record people painting mural walls ?

  61. Golden Gold June 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    what a cute dog ???

  62. dtate001 July 10, 2017 at 1:50 am

    I just found your videos and I am so excited because I just purchased a Nikon D7100 and am new to photography. I have learned so much in the last hour. I purchased your ebook and excited to learn photography properly. Thanks!

  63. silverado truck August 31, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    How do you determine that you need flash?

  64. Linda Solomon November 1, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Thank you thank you thank you ?

  65. Monica Gouldby November 4, 2017 at 2:22 am

    I love watching both of you. I've learned so much from your tutorials and have just purchased the How to Create Stunning Digital Photography book. Do you guys offer photo tours? Look forward to seeing all of the other videos.

  66. Tarik Isik November 29, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Does the quality of the picture drops after picassa editing

  67. Angel Deisgnz Digital Media December 3, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I am going to go out on a limb here, as I see a lot of unanswered questions. I was wondering what flash it is that you are using in this video? Thanks if it is answered if not well I guess after I get to open your book for Christmas I will join you in the fb group and ask there 😉 For now I am glad I found your channel and love the video's thus far.

  68. Camera Lens December 21, 2017 at 4:12 am

    you always say ..chapter it a video sereis or ebook..

  69. Leonard Bernardo January 1, 2018 at 8:03 am

    HiT&C! Been following your channel for more than a year now, but I'm still waiting for you to provide a guide for the best general purpose lenses for casual shooters. Well, on behalf of other canon aps-c shooters, we would like to see different 17-55mm's or maybe even 18-135's. Just to have a credible source on which lens would give us better quality and to maximize their usability. Thank you very much

  70. Nicholas Turo-Shields January 4, 2018 at 5:41 am

    38 people still use point-and-shoot cameras

  71. Robert Meyers January 30, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    HI, you guys are my number one site for tips and tutorials. Very easy to understand, and you show the results are worth the effort. I'm a beginner and starting with the Canon 5Ti, and interested to know if manual contrast setting at the camera is useful.

    I've heard you tune the contrast down at the camera for video, to minimize panning surprise under/over exposure. Do you agree? Do you set contrast manually for video mode? I also am wondering about adjusting contrast at the camera for stills. I find myself in situations with high variable in exposure, bright sun, dark spaces. And at night of the moon, thinking I may need to spread more narrowly the contrast to keep moon and stars in exposure. I'm not sure if I'm going in the right direction here, so anything you can share on manual settings for contrast, for video and stills would be much appreciated. Keep being the best! Thanks 🙂

  72. Jeet Singha Roy February 12, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Sir how can i get your ebook?

  73. Michael February 28, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    I just purchased your Ebook. I watched this introduction through the Ebook link and i already learned alot from this 3 minute video. I am starting out in photography and want to take macro product shots for the web. I had no idea and never thought that i could angle my flash upward in order to soften the flash when it hits my subject. Thank you very much.

  74. Michelle Cox Photography March 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Good tips here! I am all about moving around to find the best image possible. GREAT tip for those just starting out and learning.

  75. CrAzY RaFsAn March 17, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    i live in china , can i buy your book ?

  76. Tomato Madness March 24, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Hello, your book on stunning photography is so nice to read! its like something that when you read your are like talking to the author face to face. the quick links to videos and reference is so useful. the terms used are so simple and easy to understand. the explanation is so clear that once you read it, you can't forget.. haha! The author really know what he is talking about. Looking forward to finish the book and improve my photography better. The most important thing I noticed buying the book is the information and flow of teaching is continuous unlike when you just rely on tips and techniques, they only give you shortcut that you may not fully understand. Good job sir! and thank you for sharing your knowledge,, 🙂

  77. Jenee Sauvageau March 27, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Your videos are great! Very helpful for me in deciding which camera to buy as well as techniques. You're a very good teacher. Im hooked! Thanks for great videos.

  78. Derek Watson April 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    2018…picassa…oh I remember that!

  79. mynameis Luke May 20, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Hi guys, i am just getting back to photography i had a Nikon FM2 and did a lot of urban photography. I just got a D3300 and i am planning on using it to do landscape and urban photography. Could you recommand a versatile lens that i could use for both applications? Thank you for these videos i ordered your book on Amazon Canada and i look forward to learning from you…keep up the good work you are wonderful teachers!

  80. Luke Fennell May 24, 2018 at 3:55 am

    you named your dog cowboy?! thats a good one!

  81. Hessa Mohd May 25, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Hi Tony, I’m literally a first time user of a camera – I know HOW to use an actual camera, but I’ve recently purchased a Sony A7R III and would like to learn how to effectively use it.. Which of your videos is best to learn how to REALLY make use of this type of camera for a beginner that doesn’t understand all the “camera talk”?

  82. Johnny Keyz June 25, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Tony and Chelsea. I just bought your book! I actually bought the bundle with Photoshop and Lightroom books. I just bought my first DSLR a few months ago Feb. 2018. I don't consider myself a total newbie as I have taken a course called Photography Masterclass on Udemy website. I am plugging them because they have plugged you as well. Anyway I may not be totally new (or I just have an inflated view of my photography skills, lol) but I am still rough around the edges. A diamond in the rough maybe? So one thing you say in this video struck me. Ok so you don't carry a bag, I get that but the lens cap? Really? My lens is a total dust magnet. I am always using the healing brush in Lightroom to get rid of the dust specks in my photos. How do you keep the dust off your lens? Or do you just keep cleaning it while out shooting? Anyway I am looking forward to reading your book and specially learning the Photoshop book. Thanks for all your hard work.

  83. Dan the Vlog Man August 2, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Obedient, damn!

  84. deck luck August 2, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    ??It is nice to see an applied photography video instead of video needing a subscription of noventus. :-).

  85. Cody Nguyen August 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Ok fine i'll buy your book loool

  86. iiny YY October 22, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    can any one just tell me the use of different AF focus points(like 16 to 32 points in many advanced 24 mp cameras)

  87. Orio Menoni November 10, 2018 at 2:54 am

    Wow you aged a lot in just 6 years!

  88. Thodoris Siorikis January 12, 2019 at 7:53 pm


  89. Daniel Vanhoof January 31, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    The Blackford Centre is using this video as part of their module 1

  90. norm carpet February 7, 2019 at 8:58 am

    great dog and good photo tips lol

  91. Richard Graham February 8, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    This is one of the best most interesting and informative, not to forget entertaining channels covering photography on all of YouTube. Thanks for all of your videos and your extremely humorous podcasts.

  92. Motormoto February 22, 2019 at 6:07 am

    What happened to your legs?

  93. wadrianocc February 24, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Hy I've bought your book an sorry to bother, on page 6 the second QR code is wrong it leads to this video instead of Showoff, best regards

  94. Andi Saleh March 26, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Tony, can you please make a tutorial on photographing display screens (computer monitors, phones, TVs)? Photoshopping would of course be easier but it's really hard to find a tutorial on how to get a good image straight out the camera.

  95. Carl Bishop April 16, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Tony Northrup is full I shite not got a clue about micro 4/3 cameras.he talks out of he's arse when talking about micro 4/3rds.

  96. Paras Gehlot May 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

    you are an amazing tutor, i dont know how your book sales are doing, but your channel has been of a lot of help

  97. Angelo Cruz May 9, 2019 at 2:58 am

    So here's a question for you I know nothing on how to use photoshop or light room for a beginner what would you recommend

  98. Kamran Ghayyur May 11, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Nice tips sir

  99. jeffifer junniper May 13, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Got your book. Helpful! Thanks!

  100. SportVideoPro July 4, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Thank for all you do for begginers like me!!!

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