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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.
If you’re taking a trek to a “pick-your-own” Pumpkin Farm, bring your camera with you. A pumpkin patch is a great place to get photos of your kids as they pick out the perfect pumpkin. Many such farms also have rides and games for the kids, which also make for great picture taking opportunities.
Give yourself an assignment in abstract photography, with the goal of making something easily recognizable harder to identify. You can do this by focusing on just a small part of the subject.
Different light sources have different color “temperatures” so photos taken under different kinds of lights (tungsten, fluorescent, halogen, sodium vapor, etc.) look different. You can use this in your photos to create an interesting lighting effect by setting your camera’s white balance to something besides auto. Experiment while using different light sources to get different results.
Try shooting without color for a day. Set your camera to the B&W or monochrome setting and get used to seeing in Black & White. If your camera can capture NEF files, you can set your camera to write NEF + JPG—the JPG files will be B&W but the NEF files will be in color. Also, you will be able to view the preview images on the camera’s LCD in B&W.