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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.
Use a long exposure to soften streams and waterfalls. Place your camera on a tripod and use a small aperture (f/11 or f/22) to drive down your shutter speed to 2 seconds or longer. This will give flowing water the milky look you want. Make sure the camera is steady, and then shoot a lot.
When shooting in bright sand or snow, experiment with the exposure compensation settings (the +/- button) on your camera. Set it for +1 to make the image brighter, which often will make sand or snow look better.
Schools are open and its a wonderful time for you to be taking photographs of your kids—on their first day of classes, decked out in their new school clothing and even candid photos of them doing homework.
Try not to shoot portraits from below because most people look unflattering in this position.
When photographing a landscape, make sure you have a point of interest. This could be an old tree, an animal grazing in a field or a silhouette of a person. It will provide scale and context, and something for the viewer’s eyes to return to as they explore the photo.
Knowing your subject maximizes your chance of success. If you want to photograph bees, learn their habits. Same thing goes for flowers. Some bloom only in sunlight, others every two weeks. Find out when plants and animals show their full potential and your pictures will reflect your research.
If you want the Bokeh or blurry background look of a fast f/2.8 or wider lens but don’t have one, use the widest aperture that your lens does have, and decrease the distance between you and the subject, while you increase the distance between the subject and the background. The closer you are to your subject, especially when using a telephoto, the more the background will be out of focus.
Look for reflections off water. Elements of water can greatly enhance your landscape photographs. Early mornings tend to have the most tranquil, and thus more reflective, water. Try framing your shot with equal elements of water and sky.
If your lens hood doesn’t do enough to reduce the glare from the sun, have someone hold a piece of cardboard or something else just above and over your lens (making sure you don’t see it in the viewfinder).