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5 HABITS EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD DEVELOP

5 HABITS EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD DEVELOP

AS YOU BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER, AND I MEAN, IN THIS CASE, A VERY BASIC PHOTOGRAPHER, EVEN ONE WHO USES THEIR CELL PHONE ALL THE TIME, THERE ARE A FEW BASIC HABITS YOU NEED TO GET INTO TO TAKE DECENT PHOTOS WITH YOUR BASIC CAMERA.  I BRING THIS UP BECAUSE THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY LOUSY PICTURES I SEE COMING DOWN ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT I WISH SOMEONE WOULD TELL PEOPLE THESE BASIC STEPS:

1- PLEASE CLEAN  YOUR LENS EVERY TIME YOU TAKE PICTURES

photo courtesy:  Colourbox

AT LEAST WITH A CELL PHONE, THIS IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM.  BUT LOOK HOW MANY TIMES YOU HOLD IT.  YOU ARE GOING TO TOUCH THE LENS OF THE CAMERA WITH YOUR SLIMY HANDS.  BUT YOUR HANDS ARE CLEAN.  OK, GO UP TO THE GLASS ON YOUR WINDOW AND TOUCH IT WITH YOUR FINGER.  DID IT LEAVE A FINGERPRINT?  YES?  OK, IT WILL LEAVE A FINGERPRINT ON YOUR LENS OF YOUR CAMERA.  AND YOU DO IT ACCIDENTLY.  I AM NOT CHASTISING ANYONE, I AM JUST STATING FACT.  BEFORE YOU TAKE ANY PHOTO WITH ANY CAMERA, JUST CLEAN THE LENS.  THE BIGGER DSLR CAMERAS, YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE TO SO MUCH BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LENS CAP ON TO PROTECT THIS FROM HAPPENING OF COURSE, BUT, THESE SMALL CAMERAS, JUST GET IN THE HABIT.

2- LEARN WHAT YOUR CAMERA CAN REALLY DO FOR YOU

MORE THAN JUST SNAP PHOTOS, IT CAN HELP YOU TAKE BETTER PHOTOS.  YOUR CAMERA IN YOUR CELL PHONE CAN DO MORE THAN JUST TAKE PHOTOS.  IT PROBABLY HAS A FLASH, IT PROBABLY HAS DIFFERENT TYPE OF PHOTO MODES, SUCH AS ACTION SHOTS, PORTRAIT SHOTS, ETC.  FIND OUT WHAT YOUR CAMERA CAN DO FOR YOU AND WATCH AND SEE HOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN CHANGE FOR YOU.

3- LEARN WHEN TO USE HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL FORMATTING:

WHEN YOU TAKE A PICTURE, YOU SHOULD TRY TO FILL THE FRAME……WITH THE SUBJECT.  SO, IN THIS CASE, THE WOLF, OR ANIMAL SHOULD PROBABLY FILL THE FRAME HORIZONTALLY.  A PERSON, PROBABLY VERTICALLY.  2 LEGS  –  VERTICALLY HOLD YOUR CAMERA.  4 LEGS – HOLD YOUR CAMERA HORIZONTALLY.  FILL YOUR FRAME.  YOU WILL LIKE IT BETTER.

4- IF YOU LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES, LEARN FROM OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS

SO YOU TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS, GRANDKIDS, AND THAT’S ALL YOU WANT TO TAKE PICTURES OF.  JUST A HUGE AMOUNT OF MEMORY PHOTOS.  AND YOU LIKE TO SHOW THEM OFF TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES, RIGHT? 

Courtesy:  funnypica.com

WELL HOW LONG BEFORE THEY GET TIRED OF LOOKING AT PICTURES THEY DON’T WANT TO SEE?  IF YOU TOOK PICTURES THAT HAD GREAT COMPOSITION, HAD GOOD LIGHTING, HAD SOME GOOD POSING TECHNIQUES, WOULD THEY START ENJOYING YOUR PHOTOS MORE?  TAKE A LOOK AT PHOTOS THAT YOU ENJOY, AND YOU MIGHT START LEARNING FROM THEM.  TAKE A LOOK AT PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND LEARN HOW THEY POSE THEM, SEE THE LIGHTING, NOTICE HOW THE COMPOSITION IS IN THE PHOTO.  MAYBE LINK TO A GOOD WEBSITE TO LEARN HOW TO TAKE PICTURES ONCE IN A WHILE (www.123photogo.com).  That’s a good one.

5- LEARN HOW TO HOLD A CAMERA CORRECTLY

I KNOW THIS SEEMS REALLY BASIC, AND IT IS, BUT, IT JUST NEEDS TO BE A HABIT TO LEARN RIGHT AWAY.  I SEE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME THAT HOLD THEIR CAMERA IN THE STRANGEST POSITION, AND THEY GET BLURRY PICTURES.  OR THEIR ELBOW IS STICKING WAY OUT, AND THEY WONDER WHY THEY GET BUMPED ALL THE TIME.   OR THEY TRY TO DO IT ONE HANDED SOME TIMES AND WONDER WHY THEY GET BLURRY PICTURES.   THERE IS A REASON FOR TRIPODS, AND IT IS TO MAKE SHARP PICTURES, AND IF YOU CAN MIMIC A TRIPOD IN ANY WAY, THEN YOU CAN BETTER YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY.  ONCE AGAIN, LOOK AT A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER, OR ASK HOW TO HOLD YOUR CAMERA.   IT WILL HELP YOU A LOT. 

NOW THIS ARTICLE WAS MEANT TO HELP THOSE WHO TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS WITH A CELL PHONE CAMERA, OR A SMALL CAMERA.  I HOPE YOU HAVE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE YOUR PICTURES BETTER.  I LOVE SEEING PHOTOS TAKEN BY A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER BY THEIR CELL PHONE.  THEY HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO THE ABOVE STEPS.

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Lanny Cottrell

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: INCREDIBLE PHOTOS FROM SOME OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:  March 2nd, 2017: I am bouncing back to some of my favorite artists, some who have won before.  I mentioned last week that I was going to do a special “THE ART OF BLACK AN…

Source: PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: INCREDIBLE PHOTOS FROM SOME OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: INCREDIBLE PHOTOS FROM SOME OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:  March 2nd, 2017:

I am bouncing back to some of my favorite artists, some who have won before.  I mentioned last week that I was going to do a special “THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE” for the special Photos of the Week, but, I am still collecting approval from the photographers before I post these photos.  So, plan on that next week.  So, in the meantime, I have put together a collection of some of my favorite artists that I know, who have always put out great photography, and are always putting out winning photos.  Enjoy:
Photo by Pamela Locke
 

Pamela Locke must live in paradise.  She is able to post photos on the internet almost regularly, of some of these kind of photos.  The nice thing is that Pamela has such a great eye for composition it just comes naturally for her to put everything in the right spot to make the perfect photo too.  I want to spend time with Pamela just to see how she puts these photos together.  Amazing photographer.  Thanks Pamela, you are always a winner in my book.

Photo provided by:  Portugal Exclusivo.  Taken by:  Duarte Sun

This photo is a special photo taken to be shared and posted to promote Portugal.  As it is stated on their website:  “If every person who likes the picture you do a share, we can definitely do this image circulating all over the world!
Who accepts the challenge? 
So, we are helping out by putting this photo as one of the “Photos of the Week”, and of course promoting the Photographer as well.  Portugal has some beautiful photos, and this particular photo has just captured the beauty of this country.  This was also shared by one of my other favorite photographers from Portugal:  Duarte Sol Photography.  He has spent his life capturing the beauty of his country, and this is very typical of his work as well.  Thank you Duarte for sharing this photo with the world.  It is a true winning photo.

Photograph by Raquel Salas

Once in a while I love a winning photo of just a still photo.  Raquel Salas and her co-photographer have put together a Facebook website in which they totally take photos of the subject called “Hands”.  Different ideas of the use of hands, and it certainly becomes a challenge when the only photos you take, are of hands.  I looked through the photos very carefully, and found this one and thought this photo was amazing.  Look at the detail of the work, notice that even the brush has the Kanji characters forward, just good thoughts went into every detail of this still photo.  For more on this incredible endeavor, go to:

https://www.facebook.com/Jug-Raquel-Art-1778123939129593/

And “Like” this page.  Look through some of the other photos on this link.  They are great.  Have you ever thought of trying something like this?

Photo provided by:  Beautiful Nature
Once in a while it is good to post an amazing photo that no one has ever seen before from nature.  This is an amazing photo of :  Blue Glowing Coconut Octopus. This is a rare octopus that people hardly ever see, and to capture a photo like this is very rare.  No mention of the actual photographer is actually mentioned so it is obviously owned by the group:  Beautiful Nature.  But, this is such a rare photo, that is deserves to be in the winning photo group like this. 
Photo provided by:  My world is Beautiful
A photo that everyone can love:  A mother duck with all her babies.  Well composed with leading lines, well composed, and my understanding:  no enhancements done to this photo.  It is just a heartwarming photo that a lot of people would love to have hanging on their wall.  Thanks to those photographers who have captured a photo like this.  It is just a beautiful heartwarming photo.
 
 
Photo taken by:  Elisabeth Engels
Elisabeth, from France, is another photographer I love to follow.  Always a great “street Photographer” because she just takes so many great photos of her life.  This photo, as you can tell, is just one of those great photos you would see on the street of hats in a window display, or in preparation for display, just not sure, but, the composition, the lighting just caught my eye as a great piece of art.  For a black and white, the tones are incredible.  It certainly catches the eye.  Congratulations Elisabeth.  Your tenacity pays off.  You are a winner.
 
 
 
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Look for next Thursday:   The art of Black and White Photography #3
 
 
 
 
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