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Photography Tips

Updated on February 23, 2011

Capturing the atmoshpere!


Simple Steps to Better Photos

Your friends recently returned from one of your personal favorite vacation destinations with gorgeous photos. So amazing, in fact, that you are surprised how poor your digital photos look in comparison! How did they do it?

Great photography is not just in the realm of professionals or those with expensive cameras. You too can snap perfect shots that capture the fun atmosphere of your favorite vacations or everday moments of life! A few simple changes in how we record these images is where the difference lies. With some slight adjustments to your photography methods your photos will have your friends captivated and not just politely enduring the slideshow of your latest and greatest adventure.

Easy Methods for Great Photos

1. Change your angle - Life is viewed at eye-level! But pictures taken from eye-level can be boring and stale. Create drama by changing your angle. Get low and shoot up to capitalize on tall subjects. Taking a group shot? Make it memorable by shooting from a step-ladder: your friends looking up at the camera will be instantly appealing and flatttering!

2. Shoot from the hip - Gone are the days of manual focus! Be creative by ditching the viewfinder. Some of the most interesting shots are composed when you're not looking through the camera.

3. Get close - Sometimes we are afraid to crowd our subject- don't be afraid! If your camera has a wide-angle lens feature, set it to this and fun photos will surely follow! Here's a rule of thumb to follow...capture your photo as if it was impossible to crop it later.

4. Flip it - Not everything happens horizontally, right? It might seem like a stupid reminder, but don't forget to vary between horizontal and vertical photos. Shoot your full-body portraits vertically to get closer and fill the frame. And don't stop there! Messing around with skewed angles can make even ordinary pictures eye-catching!

5. Put people in your photos to depict true scale of objects - Shooting pictures of huge mountains or buildings? Want to show just how small something really was? An easy way to depict the monumental or miniscule scale of something is to put a person in the frame. A 30-foot tall statue will actually look that tall when your six foot husband is standing beneath it. Get the picture?

Put these easy steps to practice and you'll have better photos in no time!

It's that simple. Pretty soon you'll be the one enjoying all the attention your engaging photos attract. More than anything, just enjoy yourself, take your camera everywhere, and shoot more photos!


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      Matt_Anselmi 7 years ago from Gaithersburg, MD

      @suncat- it's fun! Plus for those who think they have double chins, think of the effect of looking up towards the camera instead of straight at it or even down!

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      suncat 7 years ago

      Will try to implement your instructions, especially the ladder :)

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      karan watson 7 years ago

      Awesome photograps

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      WildIris 7 years ago

      Welcome to HubPages! Great photo tips. I like the idea of standing on a ladder for a group photo. You might enjoy writing a Hub for the HubMob topic this week: Uncommon History of Common Things

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      Matt_Anselmi 7 years ago from Gaithersburg, MD

      Thanks mannyrolando! Have a good one!

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      mannyrolando 7 years ago

      Great information! I have used some of this methods to make my photos more interesting! Thanks for sharing!