photography tips

I've been thinking a lot about my blog. Over the past few days, I've realized how quickly bloggers can become narcissistic...myself included. It's so easy to just talk all about yourself - what's going on in your life, your thoughts, and completely ignore others. 
I looked over my posts from the past few weeks, and it's alarming how many times the word "I" is used. I did this, I did that...that's pretty much all I talked about.
So, because I'm tired of being narcissistic, I'm going to try to focus on you more and stop focusing on me. 

I'm going to give you a couple photography tips that have been really helpful to me. Now, let me preface this by saying I'm not a professional in any way...these are just things I'm passing on from one amateur photographer to another. 

1. Focus on what you're trying to photograph and get rid of any unnecessary clutter. If your camera can do it,  adjust the aperture to blur the background - getting rid of everything that's not needed - to make the photo more "streamlined".

2. DON'T use flash (I'm talking about that kind that's built into the camera). 99.9% of the time you don't need it. It washes out colors, gives red eyes, etc. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people use flash when they don't need it at all.

3. Explore your camera. Get to know it really well. The more you know how your camera works, the better your photos will be.

4. When you find a subject you want to photograph, try to walk around it - to see it from all over. More often than not, you'll find a different, more interesting, angle.

5. Lighting is everything. You can't have a good photograph if the lighting is poor. Natural light (the light outside) is the best - but avoid direct, overhead light, which casts harsh shadows.

Sorry if I sounded like a teacher... ;)

Have a wonderful Tuesday...Happiness Is is tomorrow - hopefully I'll "see" you there!