Capturing the best pictures does not mean having the most megapixels. In our current landscape of digital photography, ideas reign supreme. So here is a collection of ideas to light you up...
USE YOUR EYES BEFORE YOUR LENS
The most potent perspective is rarely the most obvious, so pause the party and take a moment to look. Open yourself to layers beyond the basic, frame the image in your mind, and welcome a new depth to your photography (and your life).
SHOOT FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES
They are cute from every angle, but with a little effort, a real winner is waiting for you. Explore your subject and play with unique perspectives, this will give the image something truly adorable.
LOOK FOR POCKETS OF LIGHT
Find a pocket of light, expose for the highlights and let everything else disappear to black. Do this by using exposure compensation (the +/- button) and experimenting with -1, -2 and -3 exposures. This will not work in full Auto mode, so set your camera mode to A, S, T or P. This is my favourite and most used photographic technique.
PUT IT IN A FRAME
Put your creative foot down and cleverly orchestrate the elements of your image into a frame. Be bold and explore through tree branches, door frames, windows, outstretched hands and even sexy legs.
PLAY WITH PROPS
Add depth and intrigue to your images by experimenting with different objects. Consider anything that is meaningful to your subject or the message you are conveying. Watch how the scene comes alive with stories.
GIVE YOUR PICTURE A PATH
It's always fun to have somewhere to go, so create a little journey and give your picture a path. Use the leading lines with fences, roads, paths, people and even your outstretched arm.
SELFIES WITH STYLE
We give what we'd like to receive, and so every photographer secretly wants a beautiful picture of themselves... admit it! While you're waiting, why not make some really fun ones for yourself. Think outside the box... reflections, silhouettes, pictures of pictures, or romantic midnight moments (that take over an hour to get right)!
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
Every minute invested in creativity is a win... regardless of the result! Enjoy the playground and play often, because one yoga class will not make you flexible, but a whole bunch of them will change your life. It's the same with creativity, so practice, practice, practice.
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