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There are basic tips in photography that anyone can follow whether you are a beginner or more experienced with photography. Here are some common things you can follow to get the best results from your photography:

1. Avoid Camera Shake

According to Mediatimes' top photographer Kelly, Camera shake or blur is something that can plague any photographer and here are some ways to avoid it. First, you need to learn how to hold your camera properly; use both hands, one around the body and one around the lens and hold the camera close to your body for support. Using a tripod or an I.S. (Image Stabilization) lens is also a great way to avoid blur.

2. Sunny 16 Rule

The idea with the Sunny 16 rule is that we can use it to predict how to meter our camera on a sunny outdoor day. So when in that situation, choose an aperture of f/16 and 1/100th of a second shutter speed (provided you are using ISO 100). You should have a sharp image that is neither under or over exposed. This rule is useful if you don’t have a functioning light meter or if your camera doesn’t have an LCD screen to review the image.

3. Create a sense of depth

When photographing landscapes it really helps to create a sense of depth, in other words, make the viewer feel like they are there. Use a wide-angle lens for a panoramic view and a small aperture of f/16 or smaller to keep the foreground and background sharp. Placing an object or person in the foreground helps give a sense of scale and emphasizes how far away the distance is. Use a tripod if possible, as a small aperture usually requires a slower shutter speed.

4. Use simple backgrounds

According to Kyle Richardson from Brisbane Wedding Photography, The simple approach is usually the best in digital photography, and you have to decide what needs to be in the shot, while not including anything that is a distraction. If possible, choose a plain background – in other words, neutral colors and simple patterns. You want the eye to be drawn to the focal point of the image rather than a patch of color or an odd building in the background. This is vital in a shot where the model is placed off center.

5. Avoid flash indoors

Flash can sometimes spoil the natural colours of the objects especially indoor portraits. Therefore, there are various ways you can take an image indoors without resorting to flash. First, push the ISO up – usually ISO 800 to 1600 will make a big difference for the shutter speed you can choose. Use the widest aperture possible – this way more light will reach the sensor and you will have a nice blurred background. 

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Comment by Kate White on October 6, 2016 at 12:51

nice post. thanks for sharing.

Comment by Hazel Owen on October 4, 2016 at 20:28

Love your easy to follow guide to taking photos. Although tips are mainly for stand alone cameras, I could also see how people would also find ideas here to improve images they are taking with their built in smartphone camera.

Thanks so much for sharing, and we'd love to see more in the future :)

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