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Old 08-06-2006, 06:24 PM
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Lightbulb Favorite Photography Tips

What is your favorite photography tip for getting better pictures?

Mine is to take the time to shoot a scene from every possible perspective, and try totally different angles. For example, a photograph of a railroad track taken from just above ground level will give you a totally different look than the same picture taken while you are standing.

I wrote a little article on this topic recently.
 
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Old 08-06-2006, 07:10 PM
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Follow the rule of thirds as much as you can to get great composition in your photographs.
If you are not familiar with the rule of thirds, a good explantion of it I found is "Whenever appropriate, place your subject at one third distance from the edges of your frame."

So when you are photographing a subject, do not just center it. Use the rule of thirds. It looks much much better especially for framed photos.

Some photos i'm taking from a blog.

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GOOD PHOTOS USING THE RULE OF THIRDS



 
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Follow the rule of thirds as much as you can to get great composition in your photographs.
If you are not familiar with the rule of thirds, a good explantion of it I found is "Whenever appropriate, place your subject at one third distance from the edges of your frame."

So when you are photographing a subject, do not just center it. Use the rule of thirds. It looks much much better especially for framed photos.
I love the way you used the pictures to make it possible to actually visualize this tip. I have truly never seen it explained better.
 
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In all honesty I've never looked up tips online... I just went and bought a camera one day. But I bought it for a reason - because in everything I see, I can see a story behind it. Having a story gives you a passion and passion can lead to some great work. I try to have my story come out in the image.

Kind of an odd tip and I don't know if it would work with everyone, but it works for me
 
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Does anyone have any good tips for night pictures? Mine never seem to turn out right.
 
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Does anyone have any good tips for night pictures? Mine never seem to turn out right.
Use long exposures!
It's the key to all sorts of great night pics!
Get exposures into the seconds. You will have such good lighting. Make sure you use a tripod otherwise it will be stupidly blurry.
Just make sure to decrease the aperture a bit incase you overexpose some lights.
 
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In all honesty I've never looked up tips online... I just went and bought a camera one day. But I bought it for a reason - because in everything I see, I can see a story behind it. Having a story gives you a passion and passion can lead to some great work. I try to have my story come out in the image.

Kind of an odd tip and I don't know if it would work with everyone, but it works for me
When your pictures tells a story, you know you have an excellent shot.

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Does anyone have any good tips for night pictures? Mine never seem to turn out right.
long exposures with a tripod. dont even bother without a tripod
 
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I think the best tip I ever received was a reminder that I am not using film so quit being stingy about how many shots I take.

Practice Practice Practice

The more shots you take, the better you get.
 
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Light is critical in photography; its direction, how it falls on your subject.

If possible to choose the time of day to take your shots, try to shoot when the sun is less intense, i.e. low in the sky, either in the early morning or late afternoon. Taking pictures of people with the sun too bright and too high will likely cause the subject's eyes to be in shadow and your subject will be squinting. Often, very bright sun light will tend to make photopgrahs look overexposed. Paradoxially, too much sun light may decrease the amount of detail if the light falls directly on the subject. Less intense sun light makes reds and yellows are stronger which gives a warm effect.

Also, the sun behind the object gives a pleasing effect, but be cereaful and avoid the flash flare, which cause to decrease the contrast between the subject and the background. Such pictures look pretty bad.
 
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