Advanced Photo Taking Tips

Online photo sharing is a fun way to share your favorite photos with friends and family. Needless to say, when you post your pictures up on a website for all to see, you want people to look at them. The thing about pictures, though, is that just because one has been taken doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worth looking at. No one wants to look at picture after picture that is too dark, too washed out, crooked, or otherwise just not pleasant to look at.

As important as it is to choose the right camera and learn how to properly edit photos, learning to take good photos in the first place is absolutely vital. A bad picture can only be improved so much with editing, so you should aim to make every picture you take a great picture. While photography is an art, that doesn’t mean that an amateur can’t take amazing pictures to share with their friends and family.

A Few Useful Tips

The first tip to keep in mind, especially when taking pictures of people, is to get in close where the details will really stand up. This will, of course, make a lot of people nervous, but if you can get them to let their guard down you can take some great pictures. If you get too far away, you can’t clearly see people’s facial expressions and features – so what’s the point of taking a picture of them anyway? This isn’t to suggest you stand right next to your subject, but don’t be afraid to get a little closer than you might otherwise.

Secondly, keep in mind that people aren’t statues. While it can be tempting to try and catch your subjects in the center of the frame every time, this can quickly grow stale. Of course, you don’t want your subject to be off at the corner of the photo, but setting the subject just a tiny bit off center can make for more interesting pictures. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea, you should experiment – just take the picture as you normally would, and then take another one with this suggestion in mind.

When taking pictures of friends and family, try to avoid always organizing the picture, getting everyone to sit in some predetermined place, and telling them to smile. Most people aren’t great actors, and their fake smiles look obviously fake. Instead, try catching your subjects when they aren’t enjoying a moment of genuine mirth. Or, instead of using some cliché like “say cheese,” save a good joke or story for right before you shoot the picture. That way, you’ll get a genuine smile that will be all the more memorable.

The most important tip for the aspiring photographer is just to keep taking pictures. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” Keep taking pictures, expanding your photo collection, and getting comments from those who view your photos. In no time you’ll learn exactly how to take the best pictures you and your camera are capable of taking.

MJ Johnston writes for a variety of websites, including Hoorray, a photo sharing site that offers the quickest and easiest way to build a free online photo album, as well as free online photo storage.

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Taking Great Pictures For Online Photo Sharing

The Internet has created a whole new way for us to organized and share our favorite photos. With all the high tech digital cameras, the many websites out there for online photo sharing, and photo editing software that can help refine photos, it can be easy to lose sight of the simple fact that taking a good picture is the most important thing. No matter how great the technology, nothing can compensate for simply taking a good picture in the first place.

Learning About Your Camera

The first thing that you should do before taking any photos is to become familiar with your camera. There are hundreds of different types of cameras out there, each one with its own unique set of features. The range of the flash, the depth of the focus, and many other factors can all be different depending on your camera. While reading the instruction manual can be helpful, there’s really no better way to learn about your camera than to experiment with it. Especially if you own a digital camera, there’s really no harm or cost to just playing around seeing exactly what your camera can do. Try shooting things at different ranges, switching between flash and no flash, and so on.

Photo Taking Tips

Once you’ve learned about your camera’s different features and you’re ready to take some real pictures to share online, there are a few useful tips to keep in mind. The first is to pay attention to the background of your shot. A good photo is all about composition, and while your primary focus should be on the subject of the picture, the choice of background can greatly enhance (or detract from) the picture. You should try and choose a background that emphasizes the subject of the photo without obscuring it.

On the subject of backgrounds, an outdoor background is generally preferable to an outdoor one. Artificial lighting tends to do strange things that can affect the coloring in a picture, particularly when it comes to people’s skin. Using a flash indoors can often result in pictures where faces appear washed out or too bright against a dark background. The natural light provided by the sun will produce the best photo results, so be sure to take advantage of it whenever possible.

When you are taking pictures outdoors, you should remember to use a flash, especially on very bright days. When the sun is really bright, it can create dark shadows around people faces, which can really detract from the picture. Using an outdoor flash can help prevent this problem, ensuring that your outdoor pictures look perfectly natural.

Photography is an art form, and you can’t expect to learn everything there is about taking pictures in just a couple of hours. If you’re really interested in online photo sharing, you should take pictures whenever you can. The only way to consistently improve the quality of your pictures is to keep practicing and learning what works best with your camera.

MJ Johnston writes for a variety of websites, including Hoorray, a photo sharing site that offers the quickest and easiest way to build a free online photo album, as well as free online photo storage.

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Image by Kuyan Redman
Nikon D50, ISO 200, 3, f/10, 18-55mm @26mm / Re – Edited Edition

Got some feedback from my first edit of this shot, someone said to me that I should bring out the sky a bit more. So what I decided to do, was to do another edit on this and see what improvements I could do to it. Well it turns out that it came out really good. If you want to see the first edit I did. Click the link, www.flickr.com/photos/kuyan21/7814761438/

Also another improvement that I’ve done, that I’ll be doing to all my shots from now on, is to export them in .Tiff as well as .Jpeg, This way there will be more detail and can be viewed in full screen without any distortion. Luckily Flickr allows .Tiff files unlike other photo sharing websites.

Another change that I’ve been doing to my photos is not putting my watermark on them, I’ve decided to take them off and make my work more free for people to see and enjoy. My photos now use the Creative Commons – Not Commercial, Share Alike. Feel free to use my photos on your blog, project, wallpaper etc. Just make sure you give credit and a link back.

Soon I’ll be doing blogs on photos that I upload to Flickr, This will be a link to the blog that will be on my website when the site is back online, This way I can express in great detail what I did on that day and give you my thoughts on what I like about the photo. I hope enjoy this photo and If you would like to, give me your thoughts on my photos by leaving a comment or by clicking on the favorites button. Thank You for reading and Enjoy! 😀

– Kuyan Redman