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Photography Tips

I had to give a little presentation tonight about some Photography basics, and I thought I would share some of my tips with you! These are little things that I think anyone could apply to improve their photography skills, even with a Point-and-Shoot Camera. In fact, I think that the world would be a better place if everyone knew and applied these 6 tips!

First things first, don't cut off heads or feet. If you can, make sure that your whole subject is in the frame. However, if you must cut off a limb, never do it at a joint. Meaning if you have to emit some of your subject's leg, don't cut it off at the ankle or the knee; somewhere in between the ankle and knee will look much more pleasing to the eye and less like that limb has been amputated.

Second, try your very best to avoid camera shake. Having a blurry photo to preserve a memory is just as bad as not having that photo at all. Keep your elbows tight to your body when when taking a picture, this will in essence turn your body into a tripod, adding stability to your camera. Another important part of this tip is that you need to check your pictures after you take them. If you notice that your picture is blurry, retake it!

My third tip is to consider point of view. A unique perspective, like a worm's eye view, or bird's eye view is much more interesting, than looking at a subject straight on.

Next, I think that it is helpful to use simple backgrounds. My photography teacher always said "be pedantic." Remove any extraneous objects from your picture (especially trash or junk). Clean things up. Pay attention to objects in the foreground and background and remove unnecessary distractions.

My next tip is the rule of thirds. To apply this tip you imagine that there are two horizontal lines, as well as two vertical lines in your viewfinder. Place your subject on either one of the lines or even better, the intersection of these lines. Doing this makes your picture more visually appealing.

Lastly, avoid mergers. A merger is something that intersects with your subject unintentionally. Your picture will look so much better without a pole or a tree, or any other unwanted object protruding from your subject, especially your subject's head.

And there you have it! Those are my 6 tips. Don't cut off limbs, avoid camera shake, consider point of view, use simple backgrounds (and be pedantic), use the rule of thirds, and avoid mergers.


  1. Thanks for the tips! I'm always looking for photography tips! :]

  2. thanks for sharing! I love the rule of thirds one and that picture of the palm tree is beautiful!! (you're point of view one)


  3. I've been self-teaching myself photography for a couple years now, and I still learned something new from this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. woo! my father in law gave me a fancy camera but i haven't used it a lot because i have no idea how to haha. thanks for the tips!

  5. Great tips, I need to work on that mergers. Definitely don't want any trees impaling our heads :)

  6. Thanks for your tips, I want add one little thing. If you want remove unwanted element on the photo especially if you work on MAC then next photo editor will be useful for


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