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How to Take Great Photos

Howdy ya’ll- It’s that time of year when we’re all gatherin’ around the campfires, picnic tables and grills. Aside from good food, the company is just as important. One of my favorite things is to photograph my loved ones so we’ll have the memory of that fine day for years to come! The problem is that all my photos tend to turn out blurry, with folks havin’ their eyes closed or everybody gets mad cause they think they look fat! So I had my friends the Kirby-Davis family pose for some photos- I’m gonna show ya’ll the mistakes I made next to the ones my cousin Amanda Cherry took, fixin’ my mistakes. Her tips are so easy, even I can do it ya’ll!

 

How to Take Great Photos…

A typical shot at a picnic
A typical shot at a picnic

Here is a typical photo I took ya’ll at a picnic table. Nothing much wrong with it- but look at what cousin Amanda did by askin’ everyone to move around a little-

Davis family looking good!
Davis family looking good!

The first thing that mom Annie Davis said was- “Oh, my gosh- I look so much better in this photo!” Plus it shows a little of the kids’ personality, Zach the joker and Emily the beauty!

Here is somethin’ I do ya’ll that ruins even an otherwise great photo- I don’t check my background!

Annie has a pole growing out of her head!
Annie has a pole growing out of her head!

Here is how my cousin Amanda corrected my mistake!

by taking a step to the right, the problem is solved!
by taking a step to the right, the problem is solved!

One of the best ways to create amazing photos is to put people into lines or shapes; think triangles, squares, descending lines, and ascending lines. Here are some examples my cousin Amanda created.

a crooked line, but a line
a triangle shape-
a descending line
a descending line
a diamond shape
a diamond shape or a wide triangle

 

One of the things that Amanda suggested too was using the rule of thirds. She said, “Imagine that the photo or screen of the camera is divided into thirds. It makes for a more interesting photo if you put your subject in one-third of the photo. But only if the background is interesting and doesn’t distract too much. You want the focus to be on your subject.”

keep the focus on the subject by putting them in one third of the photo frame
keep the focus on the subject by putting them in one third of the photo frame

Last but not least- don’t be afraid to ask your subject to move around a little so you can get the best photo of them-

can't see dad Joe very easily
can’t see dad Joe very easily
much better and can see dad Joe's face!
much better and can see dad Joe’s face!

The last tip that cousin Amanda shared with me was- “Don’t be afraid to get close up! People are beautiful, so don’t be afraid to show us their faces!”

a medium shot
a medium shot
a good closeup doesn't have to be just the face-
a good closeup doesn’t have to be just the face-

So that’s it ya’ll! Don’t forget the big tips; create shapes by asking folks to move into the best photo, use the rule of thirds, and don’t be afraid to get up close! Happy photographing ya’ll!

 

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