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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.
With digital you can change white balance on the fly, but when there are multiple light sources it’s hard to pick which one is the right setting. Take a few pictures with each one set at a different white balance setting and see which one looks the best.
Use your camera’s scene modes to help teach yourself the basics instead of just setting the dial to “Automatic.” Watch the aperture and shutter speed settings, and check out what ISO the camera sets. Then try to figure out the correct exposure on your own. It’s like having an instructor show you the basics.
Photograph all the belongings in your house. It’s important for your homeowner or renter’s insurance to have a record of the items you own. It will also let you practice taking “product” shots.
If you’re photographing someone and you want to remember to send him or her a copy of the photo, take a picture of his or her business card. This will jog your memory and give you the contact info you need. You can even write notes with special instructions or reminders on a piece of paper and take a photo of it too.