AUTHOR: ANDY TEMPLETON: from PictureCorrect
1. Move closer to your subject. Nothing kills a photo quicker than a distracting background. If you have a great background try bringing the subject closer to the camera so they don’t get lost. Remember this tip if nothing else.
"Frosted grass" captured by Lanny Cottrell" 123photogo
4. Rent equipment. Professional camera stores are not just for professionals. They have rental departments where anyone can pick up an exotic lens for a day or more. Many that can be used on non-professional cameras. These rental departments are manned by people with lots of photo knowledge and people are generally more than happy to “talk photography” if not too busy at the moment. Don’t be shy.
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6. Think of your camera like a painter’s canvas. Be the artist. Is there a garbage can or other unwanted item in the frame that can be eliminated by simply moving a foot or so to the left or right? Look at the entire frame you are about to capture, not just the one main element you are focusing on. Sure you can fix it in Photoshop but it is better to capture it the way you want to see it.
7. Study Pictures. Pictures you like. Cut them out of your favorite magazines or newspapers. Keep a file on your desk and just take a moment to look at them and tell yourself what you like about them. Bookmark web sites that have photos you like. Go to them often. Develop your eye. Use this blog's "Photos of the Week" every Thursday. Great, incredible photos that you can study, learn from them and see if you can figure out how they were taken. A lot of these photos now are having comments added as to how they were taken so we can all learn about how they mastered this photo.
"Photo of the Week" by Lars Van De Goor. Dated July 21st, 2016. If we go by what the author says, and we study these award winning photos, what can you learn about this photo?
8. Learn to take a little criticism. All photographers love their own photos. You put your heart and soul into them. You want to show them off. They are pictures of your kids, taken with the camera you always wanted and just bought. How can people not love them? Remember art is subjective. Not everybody is your mom.
9. Get your pictures published. Local newspapers have photography contests, generally centered on a theme: children, pets, travel. If you are in the right place at the right time, CNN might be interested. Don’t forget about the internet. There are always photo contests you can enter online. Publish your own website. There are plenty of free sites that will allow you to build a web site using your photos. They are a great way to share our art and these days you don’t need a degree from MIT to do it.
Note from 123photogo: There are many photo groups you can belong to on Facebook. Take a look at some of the many photo groups you could belong to. Or just start publishing your photos on Facebook. It is amazing how some photographers get discovered by having really good photos show up. Somehow they get published throughout the world. You can get discovered through social media.
And one last time, move closer to your subject.
About the Author:
Andy Templeton is a professional photographer located in Orange County, CA. Andy specializes in editorial, public relations and corporate photography. Find his site at http://atempletonphoto.com to see his photography, access articles on leveraging images to enhance your business or access his photography blog.
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