The Monday Lesson! ~NEW~

Hi Everyone! Today is the start of something new! This Monday (and hopefully every Monday from now on) I plan to have a “Monday Lesson” giving tips and techniques on photography. Enjoy!

Here are ten simple tips to get you on your way to taking better pictures.

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  1. Get down at their level – Hold your camera at your child or pet’s eye level to capture the sparkle in their eye.
  2. Use a plain background – A cluttered background is too distracting, while a plain background emphasizes your subject.
  3. Use flash outdoors – Your fill flash will help remove shadows on bright sunny days and spotlight your subject on a cloudy day.
  4. Move in close – To create a picture with impact move in close, or zoom in, to fill your picture frame with the subject
  5. Take some vertical pictures – Turn your camera sideways to improve family portraits or landmarks.
  6. Lock the focus – Center on your subject. Push the shutter button half way down. Re-frame your picture (while still holding the shutter button). Finish by pressing the shutter button all the way down.
  7. Move it from the middle – Bring your picture to life simply by moving your subject slightly of center.
  8. Know your flash’s range – Picture’s taken beyond the max. flash range will be too dark. For most camera’s, that’s only 10 feet or about 4 steps away (check your manual to be sure).
  9. Watch the light – Great light makes great pictures. For people pictures, use the soft light of cloudy days. For scenic pictures use the long shadows and vibrant color of early morning or late daylight.
  10. Be a picture director – Add some props, rearrange your subjects, or try a different viewpoint. Be creative and have fun!

For more details on these tips, go to Each tip has pictures illustrating the tip in action and instructions detailing the tip.

  • ~ Lisa - Love this idea and hope you continue it. I am exploring the field of photography and love learning all that I can. I really like your website ~ your pictures are beautiful. I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my Photo Blog (

    Have a great weekend, and I hope your husband is feeling better. 🙂

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