Photo under a tree with flash

If you plan on taking portraits in sunlight, don’t do it. The best place to take portraits outdoors on a sunny day is out of the sun

Direct sunlight is too bright and causes people to squint. The harsh contrast makes for very unflattering photos. It creates dark shadows under the eyes, nose and neck due to contours of the face. 

b/w photo with exposure

Every photograph is created using three functions of the camera working together—aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. This trio is known as the exposure triangle, or simply, exposure. Most every digital camera can adjust these functions automatically.

wheel photo

I recently read blogs by two photographers I’ve never met, Justin Donie and John Davenport. I was impressed by what they had to say about taking photographs. Neither spoke about the technical side of photography—the equipment and software—but rather about the emotional and expressive parts.

outdoor photo

There’s a difference between a snapshot and a stunning photograph of the same scene. Would you like your photos to be more eye-appealing? Turns out the well-worn clichés are true: Practice makes perfect. You learn from your mistakes. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. 

harness racing

In photography, “motion blur” is caused by two things: camera shake and movement by the subject being photographed—a car, a person moving, a horse running. 

shooting photo through glass

How can you resist shooting the beautiful scenes that unfold before your eyes as you travel—whether by car, bus, train, or plane? The view might be a child riding a bike, a river snaking through the mountains, or an old barn in decline. There is nothing to stop you except the glass between you and that urban scene or country landscape? 

landscape photo

Landscape photography is one of my favorite activities. If it’s yours, too, here is the classic way to take better landscape photographs.  

white card as background behind subject in photo

The best background in a photograph is a simple background, one that draws attention to the main subject. It should not divert attention from the most important element in your photo, such as a person, a flower, a pet. Unless you’re shooting someone in front of the Grand Canyon or the Taj Mahal, the emphasis of your photo should be on that person.

woman wearing glasses

Photographing people wearing glasses can be challenging when shooting with flash. It’s hard to avoid the light from reflecting back into the camera lens.