Tips for taking good pictures take less than 1000 words

Poets, bloggers, and writers who want good photographs to illustrate their words do well to learn how to take publishable pictures. A digital camera, including the one on the back of your cell phone, can do a good job for you, depending on your goal and camera settings. For instance, smaller sized picture will work nicely on your blog or website, but, if you hope to photograph a book cover, poster for your poem, or illustration for a print magazine, you will need the most pixels your camera has in its highest or “raw” setting.

To capture all sorts of outdoor scenes, wildlife, travel spots, sports events, plants, and people in natural, God-given lighting, keep these tips in mind:

Pack light, but carry your camera and small notebook everywhere!

Become an inconspicuous part of the scene.

Crouch down or climb higher to get a fresh perspective.

Late morning and early evening usually provide the best natural lighting as light and shadows play, whereas an approaching storm can add high drama.

Take several pictures of the same subject, using different settings each time.

Keep your composition uncluttered.

The presence of people will add interest to most photographs, but you’ll need written permission for each face that shows.

Get as close to your subject as you can without distorting the image or creeping anyone out.

Interact with people and places. Experiment. Practice.

The more photographs you take, the more you will get the results you want, so be sure to keep those extra batteries handy, and have fun!

© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler.

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