13 Tips for Taking 🀳🏼 the Best πŸ‘πŸΌ Photographs πŸ“Έ Ever ...

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Want to take your photos from pretty-darn-good to mind-blowingly fantastic?

It's not impossible, and the best part is, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on equipment and training.

Here are a few tips that can get you on your way, and the best part is, they're all free!

1. The Golden Hour(s)

The Golden Hour(s)

New clients are always shocked when I tell them we'll be shooting at sundown.

Won't the photos be better, they ask, in bright sunlight?

Nope.

Bright mid-day sun causes harsh shadows and lots of squinting.

Golden hour (the hour at dawn and sundown) is incredibly gorgeous and flattering, so if at all possible, shoot then!

2. Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

When you're composing your shots, make sure you're keeping the subject of your photo in one-third of the frame.

For instance, rather than placing the subject smack in the middle of the shot, frame the shot with the person to the left or right of center.

Once you've mastered this rule, feel free to break it, though.

3. When Shooting Large Groups...

When Shooting Large Groups...

Ever notice how, when you're shooting large groups (or even just three people), someone always blinks?

Here's a fun way to keep that from happening.

Once you've got everyone in position, tell them all to close their eyes, and when you count to three, to open them and smile.

Then snap the shot!

Hooray...

no one's blinking!

4. Pick Your Point

Pick Your Point

Most cameras default to automatic focal points, but sometimes, it's better to choose where you want the camera to focus: the eyes, or on whatever detail you're trying to highlight.

Read the camera manual and find out how to choose the focal point, rather than letting your camera decide for you.

5. Make the Move to Manual

Make the Move to Manual

Once you've taken control of the focal points, why not make the move from full auto to manual mode, where you can choose your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, too?2

It's a little intimidating at first, but again, it's so worth it to be able to choose everything for yourself!

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