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Patience can make or break a picture. If you’ve found a scene you like but think it would look better if the light were different, wait a little bit. Or make a note and go back to the same location at a different time of day or even season.
Many photographers take a moment to “tidy up” a scene before a picture is snapped. When you make sure your subject and their surroundings look good before you snap a picture, they’ll appreciate the photos more.
When photographing animals, isolate them with a longer lens. A longer lens (or zoom lens) allows you to narrow in on your subject and create a clean, soft focus background. It will emphasize the subject and make it special.
Like photographing bugs? The technique for getting an insect to stand out from the background is to use a shallow depth of field.
Celebrate Earth Day by taking photographs of nature, or of Earth Day Events in your neighborhood.
Know the sport you are photographing. Understanding the sport allows you to position yourself in a good location to capture the action. If your child plays sports, ask her about her position and where she is during most games. Use that information to place yourself for great shots.
When photographing a landscape scene, include a point of interest. An item that stands out, like a tree or a cliff edge, will give the viewer's eye somewhere to rest. It will also provide a sense of scale.
Try shooting a group photo with a longer zoom lens, instead of just a wide-angle. By standing back 20 more feet or so, you can lessen the impact of the background and focus on the people in the shot. You may have to yell your instructions to the group, but your shot will be dramatically different.
Posing a bride and groom for photos is sometimes difficult. Concentrate on close shots of just the two of them, with clean backgrounds. Then create a fun group shot having them in the center, with others gathered around them. Just make sure no one gets in front of them. After all, it’s their day.
Its easy to set your white balance when shooting video with Nikon DSLRs. Turn on Live View and scroll through the various white balance options while looking at the LCD. You’ll be able to see exactly how the scene looks with each white balance setting, making it easy to set an accurate or creative white balance for the scene you’re shooting.