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By Al Sanchez

Hey! This is Al. First off, I want to thank you for getting this Free Report. Through this report I will show you how to improve your photos easily. This report is divided into two very important aspects of photography. You see, photography can be seen has having two parts to it:  Technical  Creative When you can master both your photos can end up much better.

So, maybe you want to learn how to take better photos simply because your photos are not looking as good as you like. Or maybe you are seriously interested in photography and want to get better. I was always interested in photography but probably took the worst photos of anyone I knew for quite some time. Through lots of time and practicing I finally improved my skills. The years it took me to get better are absolutely ridiculous and I hope that I can show you how to get better much faster. Let’s Begin,

Al Sanchez

Photo Skills
Focusing: Focusing is probably one of the most important parts of photography. A sharp image is one of the major factors when it comes to how good your image looks. Focusing is improved through simply practicing. There are cameras that use auto focus and this is good but you are really going to want to use the manual mode for total control.

Shutter Speed: If you have a point and shoot camera you may not be able to manipulate the shutter speed. The shutter speed is basically how long the image is exposed to light. You see, a photo that is exposed longer is usually because there is less light and more light is needed to get the image exposed correctly. You can creatively use the shutter speed in many different ways. A fast shutter speed will freeze the action. For example, if you’ve ever been on a rollercoaster and seen the pictures of you and other people rushing down at a very fast speed this is caught with the fast shutter speed. Fast shutter speeds are great for catching fast motion shots like cars, running, etc. A slow shutter speed is also a great way to use the shutter speed. The slow shutter speed can be used to create interesting motion blurs. It can be used to make waterfalls look like they are floating.

As a general rule, you are going to want to use a tripod for slow shutter speeds. If you don’t, your image could end up being very blurred.

Aperture The aperture is very closely related to the shutter speed. The aperture controls how much light is let in. It is basically an opening that lets in the light. The smaller the opening, the more focused the entire image is going to be. For example a small aperture opening of around F/16 will make the entire image in focus. This entire image in focus is also called “expansive depth of field” This setting is great when you are taking shots of large amounts of space like stadiums, landscapes, etc. A shallow depth of field is the opposite. Using a large aperture like F/2.8 you will get an image that is much less focused. This is because the hole is much larger and the light let in is much less precise. The result is the shallow depth look found in close up photographs. This causes the object of interest to be in focus and, depending on various settings, other objects behind and in front of the object will be blurred.

Lighting Lighting can be considered a technical aspect but is also very well an artistic part of photography as well.

I don’t know if you have a massive lighting studio with huge lights and diffusers…but lighting does not require this much equipment to take some good photos. When I first started taking photos I would always take them outside. Taking pictures of people requires the most amount of light. I would simply set a white background in the back yard and take shots of my models right then. If you take shots outside then you are going to need a diffuser to reduce the harsh sunlight. You could use a thin blanket hanged overhead or something else that will reduce the suns light. The best time to take photos in the sunset is before 10 AM and after 4 PM. Do not take shots in the sunlight at 12 PM. This is the worst time as the sun is directly overhead and creating really bad lighting.

Simple Photo Compositional Techniques
Okay, we covered some very fundamental “technical” parts of photography. That should be enough right now. Now we’ll move into the compositional techniques.

Rule 1: The Rule of Thirds Okay, you may or may not have heard of this very common rule. The rule of thirds basically states that you should place the subject of interest to the right, left, top, or bottom, of the image instead of dead center. This rule can be very helpful when taking shots. Most people simply take their photos dead center. I know I can remember when I did this. Simply by changing where you place the subject can make your photo much more interesting. When following this rule, be sure that you give your subject some “head room”. Head room is basically space for the head. If you’re shooting a model and they’re looking to the right you must give some room to the right where they’re looking. If you don’t it could end up looking strange and as if you took a bad shot.

Rule 2: Leading Lines Leading lines is a very simple rule and technique to follow. Look around you. There are lines everywhere! Use these lines to your advantage when you take photos. These lines all lead somewhere and having the lines around lead to the subject you’re photographing can make much more visual impacts.

Rule 3: Simplicity Simplicity is basically exactly what it states. A lot of beginning photographers take photos that are MUCH too complex and hard to understand. When you take a picture you want to have the viewer know exactly where to look. When you find something to take a picture of, be sure to get closer and make the photo as easy to read as possible. For example, if you’re taking a shot of flowers and there are five flowers in the shot make some changes. Get close and isolate the single flower. It’ll most likely be much better than the cluttered shot of five flowers.

Okay those are some extremely basic compositional techniques…now I’ll be covering how to photograph people.

Photographing people is relatively easy. There are, however, many different ways to take pictures of people. You could take:  Candid shots  Portrait shots  Regular shots… Candid Shots: Candid shots are shots of people in action doing things like cooking, reading, running, working, etc. These shots are great because usually the shots will look very authentic.

Portrait Shots: Portrait shots are like school pictures, family portraits, graduation shots, etc. These shots are usually very formal and require some simple steps to follow. First off, you are going to want your model to look as authentic and relaxed as possible. To do this, take the pressure off your model and tell them that you are fully responsible for how the shots will end up.

Regular Shots:

I created this because I know you probably take pictures simply around. Like when you go to Disneyland, are on a hike, or something like that. These shots are usually composed very poorly by most people. Simply following some of the photo compositional techniques above you can make your photos much better.

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Best, Al Sanchez

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