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Friday Photo Tips

This is going to be a really great weekly post where I’ll address some of your basic, and not so basic, photography questions.  My goal is to post a photography tip each Friday that will provide you with some encouragement and motivation to use your camera creatively, just in time for your weekend activities.  

I often get asked to help people figure out their cameras or just how to take better pictures.  Friday Photos Tips will be a great resource for just that kind of inspiration, especially for the beginner who wants to get out of the “green box” aka, full auto mode. 

So here’s how we start.  I already have some ideas, but I want to hear from you!  Post in this comments section what topics you would like me to cover, and I’ll arrange them in the most logical order.  Then I’ll start posting tips on the 9th of April, two weeks from today.

 I’m really looking forward to all your questions and ideas!  So tell all your friends and let the fun photo learning begin!

  • Zoe - March 26, 2010 - 11:47 pm

    Love your new blog!

    A few ideas to start off with (and I’m sure I’ll think of more)…

    1) how to choose a camera and lenses when you’re a beginner
    2) how to photograph food
    3) how to photograph great photos in low lighting
    4) how to take shots of action and people in motion
    5) what makes for a photographer’s unique style or artistry?

  • Renata - March 27, 2010 - 5:55 am

    Thanks Zoe! and fantastic topics! -Do keep them coming.

  • John - April 8, 2010 - 10:18 pm

    Hi Renata,

    We had a photographer (a student) come to our program to take photos during an event. Her photos are just so excellent, I don’t know where to begin. Is there any way to develop an “eye” for taking good photos? Perhaps some exercises or just a way of looking at things or thinking about them? Maybe some way of anticipating how people are going to move that would make a good shot?

    I know this is rather vague, but I don’t know how better to express what I’m asking for.



  • Renata - April 9, 2010 - 9:26 am

    Yes John, there definitely are exercises to help develop the creative eye and yes, some have it naturally as well. Those that have a natural ability tend to have an easier time to develop it further of course. It is teachable to varying degrees depending on the desire of the student. I will most certainly get into topics of composition, style and ways of seeing a little later in the series. Thank you for your question!

    [Btw, don’t be afraid to give me your email when filling in the comments section so I know you’re a real person and can communicate with you better, like getting my replies sent to your email. I don’t actually know who you are as your clever dummy email suggests 🙂 and don’t worry your email doesn’t get posted online. I actually get spam via these comments boxes believe it or not and delete things that don’t have real names and emails.]

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