Best Practices for Taking the Perfect Pictures

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A photographer’s equipment is important in the photography business. The better the camera, lens and other devices used, the better the pictures taken. Of course, practice is also very important. However much one practices taking pictures, no matter how good you are at it, there are always some things that can be done to improve on your pictures.


Today I want to talk about tips and techniques for taking great pictures of your children. There are many different types of cameras, however, out there on the market and not all of them are worth their weight in gold. A lot of people have a digital camera these days, but sadly enough most of these people have never learned how to take good pictures with them.

This is why we need to learn what goes into making a good picture. There are some very basic things that you will want to remember if you want to take pictures that you can be proud of. You don’t have to be an expert photographer in order to get results.

And as with everything else in this world, practice makes perfect! So start snapping those shots and work on it until you are happy with the results.

One thing that you will want to think about before you start shooting away is the lighting situation at hand. Are the lights natural or do you need to use your flash? If the lighting is poor then sometimes it is best just to use your camera’s flash instead of trying to make things look better with editing tools later on.

A good picture cannot be taken without a good subject. The main focus should always be on your child. Do not try and include other objects such

In photography, the word bokeh is used to describe the quality of the out-of-focus portion of an image, and is usually used in reference to portraits or macro shots. The Japanese word “boke” translates roughly as “blur”—it’s not really a word that we use in English, and it can be a little tricky to understand at first.

Taken from Wikipedia: “In photography, bokeh (pronounced /ˈboʊkɛ/ or /ˈboʊkə/, Japanese: [bo̞ke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.”

Bokeh is one of those things that may be easier to recognize than it is to define—if you’ve ever taken a picture with a shallow depth of field, you’ve seen it before. It’s one of those things that you know when you see it, but maybe have trouble describing otherwise.

A good bokeh photo has smooth, rounded out-of-focus highlights instead of harsh or distracting shapes. In other words, if you could magnify the photo enough, you wouldn’t see any hard edges or distinct circle shapes when looking at

No matter how good your camera is, the quality of your photos depends on you. If you’re not satisfied with your camera’s performance, don’t blame the camera! The following tips will help you get the best out of your camera.

Thoroughly check everything before each use – including battery power and memory card availability. Remember that in order to get the best possible results from you photography, you will need to make an investment in time and possibly money to obtain a top quality camera and accessories.

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Let me share some of my tips and advice with you. I hope that they will help you become a better photographer. Tips that work for me are those I have learned over the years, and I am more than happy to pass them along.


The first thing you should know is that “rules” are meant to be broken. Never let anyone tell you what’s right or wrong when it comes to taking photographs. I am of the belief that digital photography allows for a lot of experimentation and trial-and-error in the sense that you can delete a bad shot without wasting film and money, or if you prefer, you can use your computer to edit out the mistakes and keep only the good shots. In addition, there is no additional cost involved with trying out new ideas or techniques.

And so if at any time during your photo shoot something doesn’t come out as planned, then simply start all over again from scratch. Take a different approach or even change your entire concept for that shot using new elements or props. Trust me; it’s not always about getting it right on the first try. It’s

In 1848, a group of British artists formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. They rejected the artistic styles of the time, like Romanticism and Realism, as too polished and artificial. Instead they looked back to the art of the Middle Ages, when people painted in bright colors on white surfaces. They believed that coloring was more important than detail.

They used the camera obscura, a device that projects images onto a screen, to study color combinations. They believed that truth came from nature, so they painted real people and places (instead of made-up stories).

This philosophy inspired one member of the Brotherhood to take his camera out into the countryside and take pictures of everything he saw there: beautiful rivers and fields, farmers tilling their land, rolling hills and sturdy trees. His name was John Everett Millais.*

When he posted these pictures on Flickr many years later,* he noticed something strange: all the pictures were perfectly rectangular.* He had framed them without thinking about it.* Today we call this technique “the rule of thirds,”* because it divides your picture into three parts: two horizontal lines and a vertical one. This makes your subject stand out more.*

If you’re not careful about composition, you can have an amateurish-

Whilst Londoners were seeing an ever-increasing number of paintings by the most important artists of the day, Manchester and Liverpool were beginning to see their first galleries.

The city of Liverpool was still in its infancy in 1851 when it was visited by a travelling exhibition from the Royal Academy of Arts in London. This exhibition, which included paintings by JMW Turner and John Constable, amongst others, was an instant success, so much so that a temporary building had to be erected in Rope Walks to house it.

The success of this exhibition led to another being organised in 1863 where works by Thomas Gainsborough, James Northcote and Joshua Reynolds were shown. The great thing about this exhibition was that it did not just attract visitors from Liverpool but also from the surrounding areas such as Manchester and Cheshire:

‘This year the receipts have been enormous. The number of visitors has been immense; the galleries have been crowded every day; and it is with great regret that we have had to send away many intending visitors at each session who could not be admitted.’ -Liverpool Mercury, Saturday 29th September 1863

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