Take Photos Like a Pro

Anyone can take a photograph, but not everyone can take a good one. Here are some tips to help you become a better photographer in no time.

You don’t need expensive equipment

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to own an expensive camera to get a good shot. Good shots happen when the lighting is right and the composition is good; you can do that with any camera, including the one attached to your smartphone.

Take photos every day

As they say, practice makes perfect. Bring a camera with you everywhere you go. You never know when a great photo op will come along! Most cell phones today have cameras, so you will always have something with you if you need to snap a quick photo. Phone batteries aren’t always reliable, though, so keep a small digital camera in your car for backup.

Don’t be afraid to experiment

With digital photography, it’s incredibly easy to mess with settings until the photo is just right. If you have a large SD card in your camera, you can fill it with thousands of photos. You can practice using anything as a subject. Just get out there and start shooting (with your camera, that is!)

Use the rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a very simple rule that everyone interested in photography should know. It basically means that your subject should not be in the center of your photograph. Photographs with the subject slightly to the right or the left of the center are far more appealing to the eye. Use this rule to start taking better photos almost immediately.

Change your perspective

Eye-level shots are just boring. As my photography instructor at summer camp once said, “Don’t be a lazy photographer.” Sometimes, laying on the ground on your stomach or even climbing up high will ensure that you get a better shot. Take a photo of a dog, for example. A photo of a dog from human-eye level will be boring. Get down on the dog’s level, though, and you’ll get a much more interesting shot. Or, if you’re getting a photo of a crowd, climb a ladder to get a new perspective and fit more people in the shot.

If you place a classified ad online with The Guide, you get six free photos to go along with it. Use your newly learned photography skills to enhance your classified ad!

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