Photo Tips

Developing your photographers eye.

Try using different settings.  Using different f/stops give you different depths of field.

These two pictures were taken with everything the same.  The only think that changed was the f/stop (aperture) and the shutter speed.

The top picture was taken with a wide aperture f/6.3 and you can see that a lot less of the seeds are in focus than in the bottom photo that had a small aperture or f/stop (f/22)

I play with the f/stop when I want to get the background either out of focus or sharp or to get something to stand out in the picture.

Developing your photographer’s eye.

Look for symmetry and ways to isolate your subject.

I like the symmetry of this picture.  I zoomed in and took the picture from as close as I could.  That isolated the seed pod from the background.  I also tried to find a pod that was far away from the background.

Developing your photographers eye

If you have water you have reflections

When you have your camera with you and there is water areound look for reflections.
If you have very still water you can get a mirror image but if the water is ripply you can get some very interesting reflections.
Some pictures can be just reflections and others can be a mixture of the subject with the reflectio

Developing your photographers eye

Look for silhouettes

You get a silhouette picture when the bright parts of the picture are much brighter than your subject.

To get the perfect silhouette picture, meter for the bright part of the picture and the silhouette will take care of itself.

Make sure that your subject is interesting and you have a nice composition.

Developing your photographers eye

Use the light

When you look at this picture you will notice that the flower is in the light and the background is dark, that makes the flower stand out from the background.
This does not often happen by accident but when you are taking your pictures you can position yourself or your subject so that your subject is in brighter light than your background.
Even slightly brighter light can make a huge difference.

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Zoom in

Have fun with your camera.  Zoom in on your subject.  Zoom in so much that people don’t even know what the picture is of.  Just to be a little creative.

This is part of a cockscomb flower.

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Sometimes you get some surprises

This picture was taken in a very dark cave.  I could not see the rock.
I was focusing on catching the drop on the right but when I got the picture
onto the computer, I could see a lot of little creatures on the roof of the

If you look at the left/middle of the picture you will see one of the

Developing your photographers eye

Look for something challenging to photograph

This picture was taken in the Animal Flower cave.  The light is very low and the only light source is the cave opening.

You need a very slow shutter speed and a tripod.  In this case the shutter speed was 1.3 seconds.

When you take your camera into a place like that you will find some very interesting things to photograph.

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Choose which part of the picture you want to be in focus.
When you take a picture, you get to choose which part of the photo you want to be in focus. This picture has depth of focus.
The butterflies face is in focus, the caterpillars are clear and the background is completely out of focus.
These three together give the picture depth.

Developing your photographers eye

Look for things that are different.

Lots of photographers just snap photos but when you take your camera out and get absorbed in the beauty or the unique things around you, you start to see things that you would not normally notice.

My camera encourages me to get absorbed in the beauty around me.

Developing your photographers eye

Look for leading lines

Everything in this picture seems to be leading the viewer’s eye to the center of the flower.  The leaves with veins and the pink lines of the petals all lead the viewer right to the center of the flower.

Developing your photographers eye