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To learn how to be resourceful, go out shooting and only take one lens with you. This will challenge you to re-think the way you take photos.
Turn off the flash when shooting baby photos. That burst of light can sometimes frighten the baby and ruin your photo. If you really need the extra light, use an accessory Speedlight and bounce it at the ceiling to create a nice soft fill light.
Spend a day focusing on composing photographs.
To freeze motion, choose a fast shutter speed, (1/500 of a second or faster). If you are using a COOLPIX camera, set the shooting mode to “sports” which tells the camera you want to freeze fast action.
Use an online community like Nikon Image Space or Flickr to improve your work or get feedback from others about your photography. Post images and ask for criticism or look for weekly photo themes to help pick subjects.
Try not to shoot portraits from below because most people look unflattering in this position.
Backlighting is shooting when the light is coming from in front of you and is behind your subject. This is challenging because it’s easy to end up with a silhouette of your subject or an overexposed background, but if you frame your subject tightly you can make great shots. Expose for the subject and not the light behind it.
Use a circular polarizer to emphasize the rich blue color of the sky. Screw the filter onto your lens, and then rotate the front element until you see in the viewfinder the look you like.
Photograph the same subject over time. Pick something that changes with the seasons but doesn’t move too much, like a mountain or a stand of trees. Look for the best light possible and show how it changes as time and the seasons pass.
If you’re looking for a great day to shoot a portrait, wait until it’s overcast. The clouds diffuse the sun and create a beautiful natural light that falls over your subject. Have your subject face the brightest part of the sky to get the strongest light on her.