Simple Photography Tips

Photography Tips

I asked the members of the I Love Photography group to help me out by sharing some of their favorite photography tips. As always, they have never let me down.

The response was so overwhelming that I couldn’t include them all in just one blog post so I used the age old selection method of eenie, meenie, miney, moe…

The best time to take pictures is early morning or late afternoon. The light is not so harsh and won’t wash out your photo.” – Becky Patlan-Garcia

Point, Shoot, Repeat as necessary. Study what you’ve shot. Do you like it, do you hate it? Answer why to each photo. Learn what is it you like in the good photos and what’s needed to make the bad shots better, then — Point, Shoot, Repeat. But most important — HAVE FUN! Bring friends, otherwise, bring your iPod, and something to drink and snack on.” – Tony Locke

Ask for critiques from photographers more experienced than you and be open to constructive criticism.” – Alison Graham

When making a panoramic make sure you remember to shoot in manual and also remember your nodal point. Each lens has a different Nodal point so buy a bracket designed for the job and note the setting for each lens.” – Mark Smith

Take many shots of the same subject using different perspectives and distances. Think outside the box.” – Diana True

After you take a shot, shoot 3 or 4 more using WB settings you would never think to use. Have fun you just might be suprised at what you end up with.” – Chuck Summers

Keep a black rubbish bag in your camera bag, then you have something to sit on, or kneel on when taking pics, and your backside does not get wet!” – Ian Cocklin

If you drive past an awesome shot, turn around and go back. It is most likely worth it. You saw something.” – Eddie Murdock

Don’t become discouraged by inclement weather. Overcast and rainy days can produce images you hadn’t expected. If its too miserable out, find reasons to shoot something indoors. Try to develop your skills all the time, just like practicing a musical instrument. Make sure a portion of your camera kit is portable, and always have it with you. Keep your eyes and mind open, you never know when that: “gosh, I wish I had my camera” moment will occur.” – Craig Allen

Be very aware of your surroundings. The good shot may be in the opposite direction to where you are looking.” – Gloria Kearns

Fill the frame – go close, go for small and intimate landscapes. Quite often when I am shooting large landscapes, I see something in that shot that I can move in on. Oh, and learn the “rules” and then break them!” – Lesli Cohan

Don’t get so into your main subject that you miss things in the background that can be a distraction and mean you need to recompose your shot.” – Jason Boushard

Be happy with the gear you have and exhaust your knowledge of it before you get gear-lust” – Jim Gilbert

Never doubt your ability, and be willing to try anything!” – Brian C. Graybill

Get intimate with your subject. Get close then get closer. Even better, have two or more people in your shot and capture their connection.” – Hal Edelson

If I were to add anything to these tips it would simply be to shoot from your heart! 🙂


J. Cricket Walker


  1. Alison GrahamAlison Graham01-15-2013

    Nice collection of tips, Cricket! I’m honored that mine is among them. I’m so glad to have this hobby that helps me see the beauty surrounding me in new and unexpected ways, and that has brought me in touch with so many wonderful folks!

  2. JericJeric08-01-2013

    Cool! Those are like a motivational quotes for me.

  3. JeriJeri12-13-2013

    All really good inputs……I once asked a writer what makes a good
    writer….and she said…”a writer writes”….that stuck with me…
    a photographer shoots…shoots ….shoots and never stops learning.

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