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Photography: Tips on taking better pictures

The essence of beauty is perhaps the most difficult of human perceptions to define. After all, it has been said that beauty is in the mind of the beholder. For most of us, we know beauty when we see it. We who take photography a little more seriously than the rest are somewhat critical of the pictures we take...seldom do we take that "perfect" picture for which we strive. But, when we do, we know it; however, for many of us, the inverse is not true. That is, when a photo comes up short, we sometimes cannot put our finger on the cause; this web will help us analyze faults and apply corrective action. Unlike motion pictures or video, still photography has the unique disadvantage that any and all defects stand out to the viewer to make the job of the photographer all the more difficult.  My objective is to bring forth actual pictures which illustrate both the good and bad from the standpoint of compositional and technical factors in order that the photographer can achieve a higher percentage of good and yes, even "perfect" pictures. This picture is a nice one of Vanessa. If you like any of the pictures in the right column, just click on it to see a much larger, higher resolution version, especially suitable for 19 inch or larger monitors or any 1280 x 1024 or better monitors. Return to this page by clicking on the camera.


Sometimes a picture just doesn't have anything going for it, like the one here. Its a shame, because the model is so lovely and the snapshot doesn't do her any justice at all. How many of you have seen albums full of family shots just like this one? For starters, the camera is too far away from the subject, poor Vanessa is standing straight-on like a statue and squinting  at the lens, and the background is cluttered. At least the exposure is correct. All modern negative color films have a lot of latitude towards over-exposure; for this reason, automatic cameras most often yield good results even though there is quite a bit of inherent inaccuracy in the reflective metering system common to all of them. With a moment's thought, it is easy to avoid the pitfalls common to casual picture takers and transform yourself into a amateur photographer capable of doing anything a professional can given your equipment and assistance at hand.




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