Creativity and knowing how to capture unique images are what will set your work apart from others. Your use of lighting is also very important and plays a major role in creating a great photograph. Emotion is the last area that you should focus on while trying to create a great photograph.
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There are a ton of factors that may generate an emotional response – even when we are viewing an inanimate subject like landscape. Bottom line, art has an aesthetic, psychological emotional element – ditto for photography. We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers. Thanks to its great photo quality and the unparalleled selection of photo apps, the iPhone has become the world’s most popular digital camera. One of the most crucial tools for improving composition is built right into your iPhone’s camera. To turn on the gridlines in iOS 6, simply tap on the options panel at the top of the camera window, and make sure that the “Grid” slider is turned on. To turn on the gridlines, simply tap on the options panel at the top of the camera window, and make sure that the “Grid” slider is turned on. These four points are the most powerful areas of the image, and our eyes are naturally attracted to these areas first.
While it’s best to apply the rule of thirds when you’re taking photos, you can also do it in cropping.
Following the rule of thirds has allowed me to create a more harmonious composition, while at the same time emphasizing the bizarre walk-on-the water nature of the photo. This of course contradicts the rule of thirds, which states that the main subject should be located at one of the four intersection points.
Placing the main subject even slightly off the center makes the composition a lot more harmonious, while at the same time putting more emphasis on the subject.
If all the crucial areas of the image are located either at the top or the bottom, or on the left or the right side, the image is out of balance. In this photo the most important subjects are the red rocks at the top left and the smaller gray rocks at the bottom right. In this photo the wooden bridge works as a leading line as it draws our attention towards the waterfall in the background.
In this photo the paths of dry sand that go through the scene diagonally from bottom left function as a leading lines, drawing our eyes directly to the main subject of the photo. Even though photography is a stationary medium, photos often have an implicit direction of movement.
To apply the rule of thirds to portrait photography, you should always place the eyes of the subject at one of the top intersections of the gridlines. Steve Jobs used to say “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” and he was clearly onto something.
This photo illustrates another important compositional principle: the use of empty space in photography. With Instagram being an exclusively square medium, a lot of people are struggling with square composition. Emil Pakarklis is the founder of iPhone Photography School, a website that helps people take better photos with the iPhone. Whether you’re a budding photographer with the desire to learn new skills or you’ve already blossomed into a talented shooter and are simply looking for inspiration, here are several flower photography tips and techniques worth learning. There are several composition techniques that can be applied to many photography genres, and flower photography is no exception. Filling your camera’s frame with a portion of the flower will highlight its details, really showing off the textures of the petals, pollen, and other parts of the flower. Capturing flower photos from various angles can make the difference between an okay image to a brilliant one. If you want to capture a flower in its entirety – in other words, you don’t want to fill your frame with just a few petals – it may be somewhat difficult to isolate it from a distracting or unpleasant background. The best time of day to capture any type of outdoor photos is an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset. If you’re photographing wild flowers, try scouting out ones that have a spider, ladybug, or butterfly on them for added interest.
If you were unable to compose your shot as you would have liked to, you can try fixing it using photo editing software.
Once you’ve got the hang of flower photography and you find yourself with a collection of great images, don’t forget to share them with friends and family and show them off!
Posted in Beginner Tips, Composition, How To, Photography Tips & Techniques, Techniques and tagged composition, flower photography, flower photos, how to photograph, photography techniques, photography tips, tips for beginners on March 16, 2012 by Rhonda Callow.
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When taking photographs, make sure that your subject is as relaxed as possible at all times.
Clipping is a handy way to collect and organize the most important slides from a presentation. Have you ever taken a picture outside, only to realize afterward that the sky is white instead of blue?
The first thing to learn is that your camera (no matter HOW expensive it was!) is not as good as the human eye.
The solution to this problem is to make sure that everything in the scene is roughly the same degree of brightness.
2) When taking pictures of children (or pets), get down on their level instead of shooting from above looking down. 4) Although these tips will dramatically improve your outdoor portraits, you can get even better pictures if you really get to know your camera. Recently, I had the opportunity to take wedding photos for a close friend’s daughter. All posts and pictures are copyrighted by Autumn Baldwin and blog content may not be reposted elsewhere. National Parks are good places to photograph wildlife due to the fact that the most of the animals living in the park are accustomed to humans.
Photograph in the early morning or evening when the wildlife is up and moving about and the natural light is still good.
Take shots that are relatable such as frolicking youngsters, mothering, and other social interactions among the wildlife.
Shooting in continuous mode and snapping a few frames each shot will help you catch the action of moving animals.
Set a shutter speed of 250th of a second (for the most part) and adjust aperture and ISO as needed. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. Stefan Kohler is a conceptual photographer, specialized in mixing science, technology and photography.
When he isn't waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can really let your imagination run wild when it comes to photographing family portraits outside. Avoid having the sun behind you as the models will be pictured with odd squinting expressions, instead take a look around the vicinity – is there somewhere that offers some shade? As well as shooting the family sitting and then standing, experiment by having half the group stand and half sit. Ideally for traditional group shots a wide angle lens is great for framing the entire family. Natalie Denton (nee Johnson) is the former editor of Digital Photographer magazine, and is now a freelance journalist and photographer who has written for dozens of photography and technology magazines and websites over the last decade. Having the family all wear similar colors is definitely a good idea, otherwise the group shots come out looking very random, unless that random look is what they want.
I photograph families mostly on the beach here in Florida, and the standard is to wear white shirts with blue jeans or cacky pants.
I like the white shirts and jeans or khaki pants sometimes, but it’s pretty common, and can get boring.
I agree, white shirt and jeans are totally common, as well as khaki pants….can you link to any examples of cooler, less common alternatives?
I just started studio portraits but somehow I m missing out on the right positions and angles.
I get that you can’t have fresh new content every day and must resort to recycling material, but could you at least do some basic proofing please?
2 years later I still really like the train tunnel shot, and still do not like the tag line at all, why have anything (including the black border) compete with the viewer’s eye besides the family and tunnel itself? VERY fun … thinking outside the box creates portraits that make me happy, not roll my eyes.
With thirteen uncles and aunts on my dad’s side, I have a very large extended family. It’s easy to conclude that if you have the most expensive equipment you should then be able to create the best photograph.
If you’re taking a portrait shot with people as your focus you can allow your viewers a chance to be part of their story by proper placement within the shot. A great photographer should create their own masterpiece without using other photographers’ ideas.


Without an “eye” for a good photo, not even the most expensive camera will make you a good photographer! However, even an excellent camera and world-class photo editing tools can’t turn a bad photo into a good one, and the easiest way to improve the quality of your photos is to learn composition. Yes, I’m talking about gridlines, which are two horizontal and two vertical lines separating the iPhone’s screen into three equal parts both horizontally and vertically.
To turn on gridlines in iOS 7, go to Settings, scroll down to Photos & Camera, and then turn the Grid slider on. Gridlines are absolutely essential for following the rule of thirds (the next tip) and for other applications such as keeping the horizon straight. The iPhone’s 8-megapixel sensor gives you plenty of room for improving your images through cropping, as I’m doing here using the Snapseed app.
In this example I’ve followed this guideline by placing the horizon along the top horizontal gridline.
Even if you don’t want to follow the rule of thirds religiously, it’s a good idea to not place your main subject at the center of the image. In a nutshell, the diagonal principle states that the most important parts of the image (the main subjects) should be placed along the diagonal.
The solution is to place the main subjects of the photo along the diagonal, as seen in the example below. Ideally, leading lines should not be perfectly horizontal or vertical, and they should lead our eyes towards the main subject. The human eye is very used to people, animals, bikes and cars moving forward, and it naturally expects to see the same in a stationary scene. If this bike was positioned towards the right side, the eye would quickly go off the frame and the resulting composition wouldn’t be harmonious. But how can we apply the rule of thirds if a person’s face takes up almost the entire frame? So in portraits, the most important part of the image is a person’s eyes, which are followed by their face and finally their body. The same idea also applies to portrait photography as human eyes naturally want to follow the gaze of another person to see what they’re looking at. One of the easiest ways to create a well-composed photo is to keep the scene simple and clear of any distractions.
In general, compositional guidelines such as the rule of thirds work great for portrait or landscape photos, but not necessarily for square compositions.
One thing that works extremely well for square images (but not so much for other aspect ratios) is placing your subject at the very edge of the scene, and leaving everything else unoccupied as seen in the photo above.
While these principles are certainly useful in many photographic situations, it’s far more important that you keep experimenting and stay creative at all times. I have recently gotten into the world of Nikon via a D600 and these tips are not only great for my new iPhone 5s, but as well my Nikon..
I’ve been messing around with photography for awhile now with my iphone, so this guide helps even more! I felt like I’ve just been shooting in the dark waiting for a good photo until I read this guide.
For example, in order to capture great baby photos, you should try filling your frame and shooting from different angles – the same holds true for flower photography. Further, if you fill your frame with the flower, you easily eliminate any distracting backgrounds.
Try positioning your camera so it’s pointing up towards the flower for an interesting shot, or lower your camera so it’s level with the flower. Failing that, you can achieve better results, believe it or not, by shooting on cloudy days when the light is diffused rather than bright, sunny days.
If you’re not afraid to handle these little guys, there’s nothing wrong with gently adding them to the flower you wish to photograph. Flower photos look fantastic printed on canvas or, for something a little more modern, consider having your photos printed directly onto metal! We have the ability to look around us and simultaneously see the detail in dark areas as well as bright areas. So many people only use their flash at night or indoors, but it can be a valuable tool outdoors during the day as well.
Her photography studio, Elizabeth Morrison Photography, specializes in contemporary family portraiture. Pro photographers spend years learning their craft, and a few tips off the internet aren’t going to give you comparable results. Morgan has just put out a fun video chock full of tips to help you get started in wildlife photography.
That’s not to say National Park animals are not potentially dangerous, they are still wild animals and the utmost precaution should be taken when photographing them, but it is often easier to get within a close enough range to photograph wildlife at a National Park where the animals are more used to such a thing.
Storms often provide interesting and dramatic skies to compliment your photos, plus the challenge of composing great shots in imperfect conditions is totally worth is.
When you spot a herd, pretend to be searching for something and pay little attention to the animals themselves. Working with a large group of people can be a bit trying so prepare to be patient and assertive will help in getting a handle of things.
Putting your subjects at ease is the first step so fire a few pictures in a comfortable or familiar environment. If you are shooting inside and can’t afford expensive lighting use the most flattering and cheapest form of light there is – sun light!
Remember your light – as the sun can cause unflattering shadows to fall across the face. Suggestions include: matching splashes of colour, props or even aspects of the environment around them. By splitting the group onto different levels: the viewer is offered a more dynamic image forcing the eye to jump around the scene. If it’s more relaxed candids you want then use a zoom to switch between wide angle shots with back drop and close up spilt-second emotive portraits.
Unleash the enthusiasm and ask your family to run, jump, spin, give each other piggybacks, dance, play fight and in general – laugh! But then, i guess my mind doesn’t go there naturally, especially when looking at a family.
I love seeing what creative choices other families make for their portraits- the DOF in the train platform photo makes it a fantastic shot! They had decided to all wear green, but their son was at that obstinate age (gotta love 3 year olds!), and insisted on wearing his favorite orange shirt.
The Taylors are good friends of mine and it was funny seeing them show up in a DPS article lol. I tend to be the photographer for a family of 10 siblings, with 33 children collectively, and, so far, 16 grandchildren. One of the other things I would encourage amateur or diy photographers to do is to not be afraid to take lots of photos.
What I’ve been struggling with recently is the balance between only release your best shots and how many I should deliver as proofs to a client ( along with what the concept of a proof is ).
You can create a photo that has a 3D effect by using a red object as your primary focus with a blue background.
You can guide your subject to help illustrate an emotion by changing the eyebrows or smiling.
A photographer who looks at one’s work and tries to duplicate it down to color and backdrop is cheating their client. I recommend that you keep the gridlines on at all times until you automatically think about the scene in terms of composition. By aligning the crucial parts of the composition diagonally, I was able to balance the image both horizontally and vertically. Different roads and footpaths are commonly used as leading lines, though almost any distinct lines can be used for this purpose.
And whenever there’s any kind of movement, our eyes naturally tend to follow in that direction. So in portraits you should always place your subject so that there’s enough space in the direction towards which the subject is looking. The following photo has only one subject, which gives the scene perfect clarity, which ultimately results in harmony. This following photo breaks several compositional guidelines that I explained in this tutorial, and yet I love it exactly like this. I live in a place where there isn’t much, so you’re pretty lucky if you ask me!
I have a DSLR and an iPhone and honestly I am learning how to set the scene with my iPhone (I use it more than my DSLR).
If you’re unable to physically lower yourself in order to compose the shot, forget the viewfinder and shoot blind, some of my best photos have come from “shooting from the hip” or in this case, from the toes. However, with that said, if you do find yourself out in the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky, be creative with your positioning, so the flower is directly between your camera and the sun.
If the bug isn’t very active and you find yourself having some control over the situation, remember to follow the rule of thirds by composing the shot so that the bug is positioned either in one of the left or right thirds of the image, or at one of the invisible intersecting lines.
Selective colouring (where the entire photo is in black and white, with only a portion of it in colour) can work well with flower photography: try converting your photo to black and white, leaving only the bug in colour, for example. But understanding your camera’s limitations and how it operates is the first step towards better pictures. When sunlight is diffused by clouds or trees or buildings, there is still plenty of ambient light from the sky to light people’s faces, but without making any particular areas too bright for the camera to handle.
Take someone with you so you can shoot practice photos and get an idea of what backgrounds and lighting will look like.


Whether you’re photographing just the bride and groom or the entire wedding party, a helper can be a lifesaver. When you’re not a professional photographer, your best chance of getting great photos is taking a lot of them. If you’re going to be using auto for most of your photos, plan on doing some brightening after the fact. If you seem stressed, they couple will feel stressed, and you’ll be able to see that in the pictures.
Morgan’s father was a photographer for National Geographic and the Audubon Society for many years. Plus, the park rangers will be able to tell you where any wildlife sightings have been made recently to improve your chances of finding them. Slowly walk about with your focus on something else and before you know it they will have relaxed and you can eventually work your way a little closer to them without raising their guards. Position your group facing or parallel to a large clean window, if it is a particularly bright day cover it with a thin veil of material, such as a net curtain or peg a white cotton sheet across to act as a diffuser for softer, more flattering light. With the sun behind the subjects you’ll get a creative silhouette or you could add a spot of fill in flash to bring back the details and generates a halo of light around the subjects, separating them from the background. For this last suggestion you may need to peg the corners of the sheet to four chairs and ask the group to sit underneath but this could convey a summery relaxed portrait. If you want to style the shot in a more traditional or relaxed fashion then ask the family to wear natural or pastel shades. I’ve had families who all wore gaudy Hawaiian shirts (you would think it would be horrid with the clashing, but it actually worked beautifully!), all in shades of (color), University sweatshirts, swimsuits and scuba gear, sports uniforms, whatever. The mom was very apologetic, but would rather have smiling portraits than tear stained, sullen glares.
The girl is totally girly in every way, but wanted to show off her new tattoo of a begonia. I primarily shoot families, and really have been wanting inspiration for diversity in my shots, (more for my sake than the families!
Whilst each of the examples above is a single shot I betting there were many more to choose from as an output from each session. A loving couple holding hands and staring into each others eyes is going to tell a story of love and show emotion. Going out and creating a photo based a gut feeling and not having a set idea in mind beforehand will help set your apart from your competition.
A person with a blank facial expression is showing emotion even if they don’t realize it. Walk around the entire area and look for stairs or benches for the couple to sit on, walls and doors for them to stand in front of or lean on, etc. So I asked them if we could take some photos of the two of them the night before the wedding, outside the temple they’d be getting married in.
Give your helper the must-have photo list and ask her to keep track of which ones you’ve taken and which ones you still need to do.
Instead, turn on all the lights and open any windows and doors to get as much light in the room as possible. If the venue is too dark to take photos without using your flash, take them outside instead.
Talk to them, ask them about their plans, tell them how gorgeous they look, how happy you are for them, etc. I hired a professional for mine, and although he did a great job, I didn’t get the picture of me and my sisters I had hoped for because I forgot on the actual day. He did us all a favor by imparting his experiences and wisdom onto his son, who is paying it forward and sharing the tips with us. Eye contact isn’t always essential though and some shots which intentionally lack it can be more intriguing and relaxed.
If you decide to use flash indoors, perhaps employ a diffuser to soften the effect and avoid bleaching skin or flattening textures. Not only will this again diversify the arrangement but it can help to reveal children’s personalities. Alternatively hit the deck and lie with you back on the ground and shoot straight up into the middle of huddle. Incorporating motion into group shots develops interest and instantly relaxes your subjects and therefore viewers.
Middle and bottom sister are just not in to making this image and to me it is very distracting. Even if you don’t wish to hold your contributors to a standard, you surely make enough money from this site to have someone take a low-level proofing run through the articles before posting publicly. Many of my portrait shoots are around 45 mins to a bit over an hour and in that time I will take a range of head, mid body and full length shots along with various groups. You’ll find that anyone can take a photograph, but making it a great photograph takes skill. A couple waving their hands and giving the appearance of disagreement and discontent is going to look as though they are having an argument.
Make sure you’re open-minded while trying to figure out what backdrops and unique objects you want to incorporate into your shot. If you force or fake these emotions rather than capturing them as a genuine, the photo will look staged.
If you’ll be shooting outside, find some spots to take photos that are up close to the church or building, and find others that are further away so the entire building can appear in the background. Ask her to call out who’s up next and help arrange each group so you can stay in one spot taking the photos. So rather than force the subjects to look continuously at the camera get them to look in a variety of directions to spice things ups. For example a chair is not just for sitting, one could stand on it, crawl underneath it , lean on it, you could pose several children on it at one time etc. Now, if it were simply an interesting image, all this is fine – but if we are talking about portraits that mean something to the subjects (who presumably commissioned the work), then I think we need to work harder to engage the people in the shot.
My last session took a bit over one hour with a family of 5 and resulted in around 200 pics ( a good number of which were burst mode of kids jumping off Walls ).
So, don’t try to create a shot that you want to portray lots of action with those colors. These are the ways you can use your photo to tell a detailed story and make it a great photograph. Looking for a specific place on a beach or searching for the exact location another photographer used shows a lack of creativity, and over time your portfolio will reflect that. Or wait until the shadow of that huge oak tree is over part of the pool so there is some diffusion from the sun.
First, since we were taking photos before the event, our timeline was relaxed and we didn’t have a huge audience. Move around and take photos from different angles, from above or below or to the side, focusing sometimes on the bride, sometimes on the groom, etc. That many people are not going to look into the sun, or wait very long to have their photo taken.
I selected a fair range of around 60-70 pics and did some basic proof edit cropping and light balancing, the standard stuff and delivered a disc to the client. If your light is low and you don’t have proper exposure your photo is going to turn out dark. Your clients will ask why all of your shots look the same and why you only use this field or that lighthouse as a backdrop.
You need the couple to be positioned so that the sun isn’t casting harsh shadows on their faces, so be sure scope out the location at the same time of day the wedding will be taking place. This went a long way toward making both me and the couple more relaxed, which meant we got better photos. You can get a variety of completely different photos from the same pose (see photos below).
Employ Continuous AF if your camera has it and pan with the movement to keep the subjects sharp.
My best advice is to be prepared and have your equipment set so that expediency will promote spontaneity and candor.
As I am starting out my model is to deliver a disc to the client rather than sell prints I don’t have that bandwidth just yet and I price accordingly with that in mind. She can help carry any gear, including a folding step-stool, which will help you get photos from different angles. You can even stop taking photos for a few minutes and let them talk to each other, then snap a few candids.
I’ve had some interesting conversations since that made me think I should have delivered fewer pics ( maybe 1 or 2 of each pose ) which would have meant a delivery set of about 30 pics.
Take lots of practice photos in different spots and with different camera settings so you can see before the actual event which things work and which things don’t. And finally, the evening light meant we were able to get all sorts of photos that just wouldn’t have looked good in the full midday sun. If the shot has no detail or lacks the proper composition then your viewer will turn away and move on without taking notice. When they look at these pictures years from now, they won’t care that they were taken the night before their wedding instead of a few minutes after. Some of the photos will turn out better than others; you can delete the bad ones and keep the good ones.



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