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									Picture Yourself As An Amazing Amateur Photographer

Taking great pictures has never been easier than it is nowadays because of digital cameras. Make sure you
follow the advice in this article, so that you can make average shots look professional. Many tricks can be
applied in just seconds, when you know how, leaving people wonder how come you take such great pictures
all the time!

To get clearer pictures, get a tripod. If you plan on taking nature photography or still pictures that require for
you to wait for photo opportunities, a tripod will help you get better pictures by eliminating any movement
of the camera. A tripod will help hold the camera still and provide a sharp shot.

Try to plan out all of your shots. You should plan out everything from the subject, to the angle, to the
lighting in the area where you will be shooting. Taking a bit of time to plan all of this out, can lead to much
better and more interesting photographs.

The right lighting is very important when establishing a certain tone or mood. Be clear about the type of
lighting you want in your photographs and don't just settle for whatever lighting is available.

Photographers generally do not like having to think about using regular flash photography. The reason is
most people cannot stand not knowing what the flash is going to do with the picture. Flash is sudden and a
huge burst of light, and it is hard to tell what effect it will have. Adequately monitored however, knowing
more about its effect can be attained.

Learn about composition rules. Practice and experiment with these rules to create unique pictures. For
instance, organizing a picture around diagonal lines gives an impression of depth. You can also play with
colors and gradual nuances to give an impression of movement to a picture. Do not follow the rules blindly,
but learn when to use them.

A good photography tip that can help you is to not be afraid of getting your work critiqued by other people.
Putting your work out there can leave you feeling vulnerable, but it's very valuable to know how other
people perceive your work. It can help you improve a lot.

Toy around with taking pictures in nature. Take pictures of the landscape, sunset, landmarks, animals, and
much more. Take interesting shots and see what photo gems you come up with. Nature provides many
wonderful and beautiful scenes. Try going on a nature walk with your camera a few times, and take shots to
make a portfolio out of.

Try to keep an online photo folder that showcases your top 100 images. As your work grows and gets better
in terms of composition,technique, and more, you can swap, discard, and update the photos accordingly.
This a good way for you and others to see the progress you are making with your photography.
If you are taking a picture of something that is smaller than you, like a pet or a child, get down on their
level. This way the angle won't affect the look of the picture. This will create a more personal and inviting
picture that people will enjoy.

If you are having difficulty holding your camera straight, purchase a tripod. A tripod will go a long way in
helping to keep your camera in place, so you can focus on other variables other than balance. Tripods work
great if you are in the wilderness or on an uneven terrain.

When you're taking photos, don't let someone else's shot weight too heavily on your mind. For instance: You
may be thinking that snapping a shot of a building at a certain angle that is something that so-and-so is
famous for and thus you need to do it differently. Do not allow these types of thoughts. Just shoot the shot
and see what happens.

When taking a picture outside, try to do so either in the morning or before the sun sets. This is because the
sky is not as high in the sky during these times, so the subject of your picture will not have as much of a
shadow as it would during the midday hours.

An important tip to consider with photography is that you want to make sure that the composition of your
shot is correct. This is important because without proper composition, the subject matter of your
photography may be rendered useless. Be sure to crop out detail that is not needed.

To create photographic images that resemble paintings, try having your photos printed onto matte or semi-
gloss papers, then painting them by hand with photographic oils or pastels. These items can be picked up at
most art supply stores and many camera shops. The most popular paints are made by Marshall's and are
created specifically for use on photographs.

Always shoot at different angles, regardless of what your subject is. Not only will this give you a variety of
views to choose from, it will often surprise you with a perspective that you would never have considered.
Let the subject present itself over and over again as you move the lens in varying positions.

If you want to take high quality portraits, do not rely on your camera's built in flash. Instead you want to
look at investing in a softbox to use for external lighting. If you can't afford this, look into purchasing an
external flash unit with a diffuser for your camera.

Play with the shadow of your object. When a shadow is projected on a distorted surface it adopts interesting
shapes. You can even have an original shadow become the subject of your photograph. Arrange the lighting
and the background to make shadows change and adopt a shape you want to work with.

Using the tricks and tips in this article can help you with your photography. Just because you have a digital
camera does not mean you will automatically take great shots. Use these tips before you upload your
photographs or have them printed, and get ready for the compliments from friends and family, on what a
great job you do!

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