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Whenever my family travels, all 5 of us have our own cameras and end up standing beside each other taking photos of the same thing. Do they all look the same? No! Here’s why:

  • My daughter took graphic design in college and takes amazing photos that are works of art.
  • My middle-man son uses a video camera and takes stills from that – he’s an actor at heart.
  • The baby – my youngest son – takes funny random pics that remind us of the fun we had but we’re not going to put them on this year’s Christmas card.
  • My hubby has taken photography courses and it’s become a full-time hobby since his retirement – his photos are picture-perfect like postcards.
  • And mine? My photos are the typical “mom” tourist pics of everyone lined up in front of something!

I felt pretty frustrated with my photography skills so I asked my daughter why there was so much difference. She shared with me the basics that I needed to know to improve my photos – and here it is in a nutshell without being weighed down with all the information you don’t really want to know.

how to take amazing photos that capture emotion

The Rule of Thirds in Photography

rule of thirds photography tip
My daughter says the reason her photos evoke emotion is due to how she frames them. The rule of thirds is what makes a photo a work of art compared to a “tourist” photo.

Make sure the grid is turned on in your camera viewer so you can see the intersecting lines.

Mastering the Rule of Thirds

Photography Lighting Tips

photography lighting tips
My husband has become the master of lighting due to his photography courses. He understands how light affects the landscape, animal, object or person he’s photographing so his pictures are gorgeous.

(Except for the time I was posing in front of the White House. He is notorious for taking a long time to compose his photo. I stood there so long they actually turned all the lights out before he could take the pic!)

Basics of Light for Photography

Basics of Lighting for Photos of People

Basics of Lighting for Photographing Objects

How to take better holiday photographs Infographic by Sykes Cottages

I hope these tips help you as much as they helped me become a better photographer!

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