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Photography tips for beginners

Happy first day of summer… my favorite season of the year! Summer time is when most take out their cameras and begin taking photos of their amazing summer adventures and vacations. So to kick off summer, I have a guest Blogger, Cait from to share some photography tips for those looking to make sure they get the best photos.

I’ve always been an avid photography. I love experimenting with new lenses, trying to get the best angles, figuring out what would be the best lighting and so forth. Although I’m still just a beginner, many of you I’m sure are wondering what are the basic essentials to good photography? I’m here to share some of my tips and tricks with you all in hopes of inspiring, encouraging and motivating you to get out there and take some of the best pictures you can!


    1. Photograph What You Love – If there is one thing that will keep you motivated to want to learn all about photography, it’s shooting what you love. It could be your family, food or fashion. Whatever your passion, stick with it. It will help keep you interested in photography and overcoming some of those tough obstacles we all face from time to time.
    2. Fit The Frame – Sometimes when you have too much empty space or you zoom out of the shot too much, your subject can look a lot smaller than the entire picture. Fill the frame! By doing this, the importance of your subject seems to not be as confusing to the viewers. Do a great close up to grab those little details!
    3. Rule Of Thirds – When thinking of the frame of your picture, try to visually break it down into a grid with nine equal rectangles. Place the subject on one of those four intersections for a more natural look. You don’t have to do this for all your photos but it’s a great guideline to follow instead of just putting your subject dead center. Try and have it tell a story if you can.
    4. No Built In Flash – If you have built in flash a primary light source when taking your photos, know that it can cause a very harsh shadow and is usually unflattering to look at. Using your built in flash is mainly useful as a fill flash. For example if you have harsh sunlight casting on a dark shadow it can be helpful in those emergencies when you don’t have any light to help share your subject.
    5. Exposure – Sometimes when you take photos that may not properly exposure your subject the way you intended – as in they are either way too dark or way too bright. A few things may be happening because of this such as the scene of your camera measured for exposure and how the brightness of the light and dark area are in your shot.
    6. Perspective- The majority of us see everything from a five and a half feet from the ground point of you. Many of us all shoot a lot of eye level photography but that can be boring. Change up your perspective for better results with different angles.
    7. Make Subject Pop– Don’t you love getting that particular pop of your subject against a blurry background? Ami for an aperture size around f/2.8 to f/5.6 to make that background a bit blurred out. By doing so, this allow your subject to really stand out. You can even experiment with wider apertures but make sure to take care of the main point of interest and keep it in focus.
    8. Learn Composition From The Masters – If you’re unsure where to start, visit art galleries find art books, study composition or hop online. Search for key SEO words like “ Photography For Beginners “ and watch several websites help and share their own tips and tricks. Try to pick up some great pointers from what you like and see.
    9. Golden Hour – Lighting is really key for a great photograph because it helps dictate the shape, contrast, shadows and texture of your image. The golden hour is about one hour before a sunrise or sunset which helps give you the most flattering light.
    10. Keep Eyes Open– If you’re shooting portraits, your subject will be able to really connect with you by seeing one of your eyes. If you don’t do this, your subjects can feel a bit uneasy like you’re hiding behind your camera. If you keep both of your eyes open, this lets you monitor what’s out of the frame so you and predict when your subject will enter the frame.
    11. Take a Class – If you feel like you’ve been trying all of these tips but still am unsure of what could be going wrong, sign up for a class at your local community or college. They will off hands on experience, answer questions and make sure you’re doing what needs to be done to get the great photos you’ve been attempting.
    12. Learn Histogram – Many people skip this but if you spend even just 10 minutes learning about the histogram, it can make a huge difference in your photos. It will help you to avoid unusable photos from overexposed bright whites or underexposed dark details.



With so many great tips, you’ll be anxious to start getting ready soon to take photographs of your favorite subjects. And then what to do with all these great photos? Share them with friends and family in your own portfolio! Need help creating something that will stand out? Dan Anton created RankCrew, a service that offers the best website building, backlinking and Google friendly services to get your brand and photographs out there to viewers. He offers a variety of packages to meet your website needs to take it to the next level.

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