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Essential Tips for Amazing Photos

Ever since social media took over the internet in the mid-2000s, people have been taking more photographs than ever. Cell phones have evolved from standard black and gray screens that only make calls to colorful LEDs boasting integrated high-tech cameras. People are recording almost every part of their lives. How do you make your own snapshots stand out in a sea of selfies?

Here the rule of thirds and quite a bit of contrast is used to give the photograph a bit of a dramatic look.

Here the rule of thirds and quite a bit of contrast is used to give the photograph a bit of a dramatic look.

Don’t take the outdated ‘smile in front of (insert subject here) and do the typical teenage girl pose” type photos. Take photos from different angles. Look to the side. Don’t look at the camera. Look down. Gaze off into the distance. Have someone take one of the back of yourself as you saunter away. Have fun with it and you’ll find your own personal flair! Think outside of the box and your photographs will always be impressive.

Notre Dame Cathedral

NOTHING pulls a photograph together like a good accessory. Most of the time hats look best. This has been my little photo secret for quite some time now. If you want to have a sophisticated look with minimal effort on hair or makeup, wear hats! In cold weather, wide brimmed dark floppy hats look great, especially with classy colored outer garments paired with a scarf.  In warm weather, nothing says tropical quite like a lighter shade of a hat. Fedoras, extra wide brimmed floppy hats, as well as many baseball caps look excellent and make photos have a chic feel to them. Sunglasses with hats in both winter and summer make photos look gorgeous.

Here the Rule of thirds is used where the subject (the silhouette) is not in the dead-center of the photo

Here the Rule of thirds is used where the subject (the silhouette) is not in the dead-center of the photo

Use the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds means that the subject is not in the center of the photograph. It is common to set a # on the screen as you take photos, you may have to adjust a few settings for it to show you the # until you get the hang of shooting that way. Try to keep them out of the center square, and on one of the intersecting lines. This makes pictures come out much more professional-looking.

Here is a vibrant crab I was lucky enough to Photograph in North Shore, Hawaii.

Here is a vibrant crab I was lucky enough to Photograph in North Shore, Hawaii.

Take photos of the same places in unusual lighting to see changes. Places look completely different during sunset and at noon. Many places look incredible lit up and it is possible to capture breathtaking photos well after sundown. Don’t take the same photo as everyone else, find different angles and get interesting perspectives on places. Is there a way to climb to a higher elevation to capture a photo of a city? Go for it and see your photograph rise above all the rest. Don’t forget to edit the colors in your photo, most shots look much more appealing with a tiny bit of saturation and contrast.

Using a GoPro to capture some of life's coolest experiences in Hawaii

Using a GoPro to capture some of life’s coolest experiences in Hawaii

Lastly, invest in a quality camera. In order to take exquisite pictures you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on an elaborate DSLR that you will use as a point and shoot. There is a new cell phone on the market called the Sony Xperia Z3 with a 20.7 mega pixel camera built in. This shows an extreme difference between the iPhone 5’s minuscule 8 mega pixels. This means your photographs will come out more vividly with greater detail. My go-to non cell phone camera is the GoPro. It is waterproof, takes awesome pictures, and is tiny. You can buy it for less than $500 for the highest quality Black Edition. Their editing software can be downloaded for free and rivals just about any high priced version.

Footpath of the Gods, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Footpath of the Gods, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Over time, my photography style has evolved and my photographs have become much more sophisticated. Hopefully with these tips, yours can too. As always, leave comments on additional tips and tricks you may have discovered on your own, I always love learning new ones!

 

 

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Addie

World traveler. Health nut. Adrenaline Addict. Pilot. Scuba Diver. Surfer. Lover. "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"

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  1. Marie minnis Reply

    this was your best blog entry yet. Great advice and examples of each point you make.

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