10 photography tips for beginners

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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolour. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET.

Are you just starting out with photography? Here are our 10 top tips to ensure that you're producing amazing photos in no time.

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PeterD4 posted a comment   

hi frnds!!!!!! The heart of a photograph is its composition—the position of different elements in a frame. The easiest rule of thumb to learn and remember is the Rule of Thirds. Basically, you'll want to break your frame into nine squares of roughly equal size. Try and align the subject of your photo along these lines and intersections and imagine the main image divided over these nine boxes. This gives you a more dramatic, visually interesting shot than one where you subject is located dead center. Many newer cameras have a rule of thirds grid overlay that you can activate when shooting. http://hapfashion.com/category/photography/


JosephL posted a comment   

Hi guys, my name’s Joe and I have a serious passion for photography. I'm constantly looking to grow and improve. I started posting some of my original photography to my blog in hopes to get some constructive feedback. I also share HUNDREDS of photographs daily from all around the world. My blog is http://www.onlyjoelee.com and you can find my originals under "my photography". Thank you guys so much :)


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MattK3 posted a comment   

13 - Experiment fearlessly. Don't be afraid to push that mysterious button that you-aren't-quite-sure-what-it-does just to see what happens. Try different compositions and angles, even if they seem outlandish and far fetched. You won't know if it's any good until you try.

14 - Get closer. If you just aren't getting the picture you want, try physically taking your body and moving closer to your subject. If it's impossible to actually get closer than use a longer focal length if you've got it ("zoom in") or crop in tighter in post-processing. See 11 by lalex81.


lalex81 posted a comment   

11- Don't be afraid of cropping.
Sometimes an average shot can become great if you get rid of any clutter.

12- Burst for that perfect moment.
With digital cameras and large memory cards space isn't an issue. The burst function gives you the chance to take multiple succesive shots in a fraction of a second. Anytime you've taken a group shot and someone had his eyes closed this could've been solved if you had taken another shot a fraction of a second earlier or later. It's also great for action shots or concerts where the lighting is constantly changing.


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

Great tips lalex!

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