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1. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Some good suggestions here...(at least I learned a few things ;) )

2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Great link! Very practical advice.

Another suggestion I have is get down on the floor to shoot some different perspectives.

3. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

Quoting Q_Zhang

Great link! Very practical advice.

Another suggestion I have is get down on the floor to shoot some different perspectives.

How did I miss that thread... You are right there, Q... You can spot a good photographer by the dirt on his trousers - some people even go as far as lie down to get a different perspective.

My advice is - GO MAD!!! If you think something would make a good picture, take a picture and see how it turns out. Learn from what works and what doesn't. If you hear your friends around say things like 'What is he/she looking at???' then you're on the right track!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

All my friends have invested in digital cameras (), so I only use my trusty Pentax 35mm now when I go away. How do you go back to taking non-digital pictures?? I'm so used to just shooting away, taking a look, erasing what doesn't work, and starting again. Now it's like a crap shoot - and I'm often disappointed by what I get back (although I do manage a few keepers!). Anyone else have trouble switching?

5. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

That's one of the problems with Digital that I have. It's too easy to dismiss shots as being bad and just snap away without spending enough thought on the actual picture.

I like film, because you end up with shots that didn't work out, but at least you can spend some time trying to figure out what didn't work. And make it better the next time. And I like the fact that you don't know if the pictures turn out okay or not until you get them back from the processing lab (or after you processed them yourself).

Don't despair, Tway, help is on it's way... Watch this space...

6. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Digital cameras are a great way to learn photography. One thing I was taught to do is to create a "bad book". Basically it's a photo album of your worse pictures. Next to each picture write a short note to yourself about why it's bad. Or take a marker and draw over the picture. Draw a frame over the subject that you "should've" cropped to....etc. You'll soon learn that you consistently make certain mistakes. Then it's a simple matter of not doing it again.

Tway, I shoot both a film SLR and digital SLR. It's no biggies to switch between the two. The film I reserve for landscapes and still life mostly. Shooting portraits and action involves wasting a lot of film, so digital is definitely the way to go. Except, if I'm shooting people who are sitting for me. Then it's just like shooting a "still life". What does screw me up the most is not having an autofocus on my film camera!

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting Q_Zhang

What does screw me up the most is not having an autofocus on my film camera!

My autofocus went kaput on my last trip, but when I brought it to the repair shop the saleswoman picked the thing up and clicked away. It only doesn't work when I'm using it. I must be cursed!

Well, I'm going to employ my 4 new photography tips this time round:

1 - the law of thirds
2 - people pictures are one thing, landscape pictures are another
3 - keep the sun behind you
4 - when you're close, get closer (and I'm prepared to resist being told to get back)

Thanks, guys! I'll get it right yet... :)

8. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

Here's some more for you Tway:

1. Frame your subject. A picture can be enhanced by having a bit of nice frame around it. That can be anything, eg. branches of tree.
2. Include a focal point in your pictures. This would normally be the subject of your picture, but if you do landscapes it's different. There, a well placed lonesome tree or interesting rock formation will give the eye something to focus on and not wander aimlessly through the picture.
3. Don't put too much into your picture. If you take a photograph with too much to see in it, it appears crowded. Keep it simple, less is more. Decide what your subject is and work around it.
4. My favourite: BE MAD!!!! If you do it right, everything around makes a good photograph. Think of Andy Warhol and his soup cans!

That's all I can think of at the moment, should really get back to work.

9. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 10y

Some good points on landscape photography there Pardus.

I would also ad :- Beware of your wide-angle lens when taking landscape pictures. There is a tendancy to try and get as much in the frame when faced with a fantastic landscape. However, what looked like a magnificent, imposing mountain range can look surprising small and unspectacular when photographed.

If you do use a wide-angle lens make sure you put something interesting in the forground to help lead people into the picture and to give things a sense of scale.

Sometimes focusing in on one part of the scene, eliminating any peripheral distractions, can produce more satisfying results

10. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 10y

3 - keep the sun behind you

not sure about the sun behind you thing? Certainly if the sun is in front of you, you need to be aware of possible flare on the lens but you can still take interesting pictures with the sun infront -abstract shots of hills disappearing into haze for example.

Also with the sun at right angles you'll be able to make greater use of shadows and you'll be able to use a poloriser to enhance colours and improve the sky more effectively than if the sun is right behind you