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Learning Photography 101

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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If you are like me, you often wish you were able to take better photographs:

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I have always loved taking pictures and now living in New Hampshire has given me an even more of a passion to take beautiful photos and share:

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I also have always wanted to learn how to take great interior photos also:

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Such talent! I do not have a fancy camera, it is a step between point and shoot and a DSRL camera. I just want to learn the basics so my photos will look better now and then consider moving up in cameras. I have tried to learn through books and online but it seems to get so complicated quickly when talking about f stops and exposure compensation! So I took an introduction to photography four week course and I thought I would share a few basic but great tips I learned:

Tip # 1:

Find your camera’s manual and read through it. I had lost mine, but was able to order a manual online. By reading through the book and playing with my camera,  I found so many features that I never even knew about. Such as settings for taking pictures of fireworks, close-ups, sports, etc.

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This basic step is very important if you want to learn what your camera can actually do!

Tip # 2

Lighting is very important in taking photos which we all know. But did you know where the lighting is coming from is equally as important? For example, when you are taking a picture with the light in front of the subject, it can be rather boring. But if you have the light coming in from the side or even the back of the subject, it will be a much more interesting and dramatic photograph with the shadows and moodiness.

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Tip # 3

A simple tip is to plan your shot before you take it. Is there something interesting in your view that you can include in your shot to make the picture more interesting? Something that helps tell the story of the picture?

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That planning of the shot is called composition.

Tip # 4

When you are taking a picture of a landscape, you should focus your shot 1/3 of the way in.

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I am not sure why that works but I am giving it a try!

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A great website to check out the best camera reviews and allows you to compare different types of cameras is dpreview.com. I used to wonder where to check out honest consumer reviews. Another great site to look at if you are having a hard time with Photoshop because it is so technical, is Light Room. It is a fast and easy program that allows you to fix your pictures, period.

I know this basic, but that was the idea for this post as the title stated. I hope you have learned at least one tip that might help you take better pictures. As I continue to learn more, I will share it with you also. Good luck!

Do you wish you could take better photos of family and friends, interiors, animals or landscapes? Have you ever taken a class? Any other basic tips you would like to share?

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Friday Favorites

Friday, May 10th, 2013

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I thought I would share a few of my favorite images I came across this week that I thought you would enjoy:

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This entry is so cool!:

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I hope you enjoyed! Happy Mother’s Day girls! I hope you have a fun and happy weekend!!

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xo  Kelly

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Taking Better Pictures

Friday, January 6th, 2012

One of my favorite gifts I received for Christmas was a digital photography book. In the last couple years taking better photos has become a passion for me. I think both living in gorgeous NH and decorating homes was what encouraged me to take better pictures of my subjects.

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I have tried in the past to learn about the f-stops, pixels and resolution but is just seems so confusing! The book I received “Digital Photography” by Jason R. Rich explains different techniques and ideas so well that even I am learning! It is a good beginner to intermediate photographer book that helps break down the technical aspects of photography.

I wanted to share a trick that has already helped me take better shots:

The ‘Rule of Thirds’:

Amateur photographers commonly place the subject of the photo dead center in the frame and do not take into account the foreground or background. In most cases, placing your subject in the center of the frame is boring and predictable. Professionals know that placing your main subject off center is more aesthetically pleasing. This is where the Rule of Thirds comes into play. When looking through your camera viewfinder, divide the picture into vertical and horizontal thirds: Position your subject or main focal point where two of the horizontal and vertical lines intersect or along one of the lines:

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Most digital cameras have an auto focus feature that requires pressing the shutter button half way. As you are taking a picture, center the subject in the center of the frame. Press the button down half way then reposition the subject in the frame using the Rule of Thirds:

So I started practicing:

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Cute picture but now look at the snowman to the side:

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I think the photo looks more interesting, don’t you?

Here are some professional photos using the Rule of Thirds:

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Try to play with the Rule of Thirds when composing your shots. See if you think your photos are more exciting and tell a story. Professionals know that the Rule of Thirds is the best way to produce balanced and highly interesting subjects!

Comments? Do you use the Rule of Thirds when taking photos? Next time- When and How to Use Your Camera’s Built-in Flash.

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