Photography has become more than a hobby of mine over the years, and the more I photograph, the more I feel myself growing in artistry, attention to detail, and knowledge of photography. Here are some tricks I’ve discovered for taking great pictures:

  • Get outside! Natural light looks so much better in pictures. If you can’t get outside, get near a window and get as much natural light into your picture as possible! (Early mornings or late afternoons give the best and softest sunlight for photos.)
  • Get close! Try to avoid extra “stuff” in your picture. For example, if you’re focusing on a kid’s face, pull in really close and let the face take up the entire frame.
  • Play with your camera on manual settings! With a digital camera, it’s so easy to erase photos, so it doesn’t hurt to take a few shots of the same thing and play with your aperture and shutter speed. You’ll quickly start to get an idea of what these numbers are doing to affect your picture!
  • Don’t plan to edit later! If you’re busy like me (full time wife and mom!) you won’t always have time to sit at the computer and “fix” your photos. If you seek to make them the best you can SOOC (straight out of the camera), you’ll make your life a whole lot easier!
  • Keep shooting! Especially when you’re taking pictures of kids, keep that shutter pressed! All of the pictures won’t be useable, but you have a much better chance of getting a great photo if you have 100 to choose from!

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