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Ever see movie directors “frame” a scene by holding their hands up and making a rectangle with their fingers? It really does help to figure out what’s worth keeping in the frame. If your view improves when your hands are covering something, make sure to leave it out of your photo.
When taking a portrait of someone, you don’t always have to photograph his or her face or full body. Instead focus on details, such as a baby’s tiny feet or the calloused hands of a carpenter.
Look for subjects that have lines disappearing into the distance (walls, railroad tracks, buildings, etc.) and make them a part of your photographic composition.
When shooting a subject standing near glass or a mirror, be sure you’re not perpendicular to the reflective surface, but shooting on an angle. This will help prevent a reflection of the flash from ending up in your photo.
One of the most important settings on a camera is Exposure Compensation. It looks like a +/- sign. Here’s the quick rule of thumb: Adjust it towards the + setting when you want your photo to be lighter and the - setting when you want it darker. (The settings are in fractions of an f/stop so moving + .3 is a third-of-a-stop lighter.)
Because a roll of 35mm film was limited to, at most, 36 shots, good photographers had to be frugal in choosing when to shoot. Digital photographers often shoot frames indiscriminately. Give yourself an assignment and a fixed number of frames as an exercise. It will force you to think more about what images are truly worth shooting.
The difference between a snapshot and a great photograph is that snapshots capture events while photographs capture feelings. Make sure your photo tells a story by thinking about what you’re trying to say before you take the photo.
Babies love to see themselves on the camera’s LCD. Make a game of “peek-a-boo” out of picture taking and they’ll always be smiling when you bring your camera out.
A good vantage point is critical in photography, but it isn’t always at eye level.
Experiment with different flash effects. Try placing colored gels over the front of the flash. You’ll be surprised at how that little bit of color can change the look of a photo.