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Think outside of the box! Shooting the back of a flower can be just as interesting as shooting it head-on.
To get the starburst effect you often see in photos, use the smallest aperture possible on your camera (this is usually f/16 or f/22) and shoot towards the sun. Shooting towards the sun will cause you to see flare in an image sometimes but this can add interest to your image. Shoot a bunch of frames—capturing the starburst with and without flare.
Add drama to an image by shooting when the shadows are long and deep. Try to photograph just a person or object’s shadow for a unique image.
When you want to tell a story with your photographs, take multiple pictures—close-ups, wide-angle views, different perspectives. A photo essay can include as few as three photos or as many as it takes to fully document a subject, and will often tell a better story than just one image.
Adding objects—man-made or natural—to a landscape will add interest and scale.
When shooting video of an event, add interviews for a unique viewpoint. Shooting a birthday party—talk to the birthday boy or girl; shooting your kids sport—interview them or the coach—at a wedding—ask the bride and groom to comment.
When shooting food, the shallower the depth of field the better. This helps to further separate the subject (the dish) from the background.
March is National Scrapbooking Month! Celebrate by taking photos every day and writing down your thoughts about each one—or go all-out and create a scrapbook of the month’s photographs.
When shooting an image that has a subject looking off to one side, compose your photograph so there is more space where the subject is looking. This will give your photograph more of a natural feeling.
Lead the viewer into your image by composing the photo using leading lines. Leading lines “lead” the eye through the image to the most important subject.