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If you’re photographing a sporting event and you see a bunch of people taking photos from the same spot, go somewhere else. It’s hard to jockey for position (pardon the pun) with a gaggle of photographers, and everyone ends up with the same photo. If you shoot from another spot, you’ll capture photographs that are more unique.
If you’re photographing a historical site, try to find a new way to capture the beauty or importance of the scene. Look for small details, or try to capture the funny interplay between the historic site and modern life. A group of tourists wearing short-shorts in an Antebellum home makes an interesting statement.
You can photograph raindrops without getting wet by shooting them on a window (from the inside). Use a macro lens or macro mode on your COOLPIX and focus on the drops themselves. The background will go nicely out of focus.
When your subject is in the shade, and backlit by bright sunlight use your D-SLR camera’s Auto Exposure Lock (AE-Lock). You can find directions on how to use this feature in your camera’s User’s Manual.
The use of a tripod will make your video smoother and easier to view, especially if you are panning, tilting or zooming a lot.
Expand your photographic horizons by renting a lens you don’t own and normally don’t have access to, such as an ultra-wide-angle, fisheye, super telephoto or fast lens. Try photographing cityscapes with the wide-angle or use the super-telephoto at a nature preserve; and a fast lens can be used for practically any subject.
Look for subjects that have leading lines, which draw the viewer into the photograph. Some examples are railroad tracks, highways, buildings or fences. Making them the focus of your composition will create a more dramatic image.
Placing a person into a scene will almost always add interest, and can also provide scale.
Having someone assist you when photographing kids is helpful. This way you can stay with the camera while your helper runs after the kids and gets them back onto the “set”.
When taking photos of the animals at the zoo, by zooming in and focusing on the animal in the cage, the bars will blur and become almost invisible.