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Just a Thought - Photography can be a snap

Here are a few photography tips from me to you.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different viewpoints. If you have a digital camera, the cost of errors is free. I’ve gotten on ladders, stood on chairs, climbed walls, and stood in the middle of the street to get good pictures.

Here’s where I add a note of caution. Please be careful. You want an awesome picture, but you do not want to meet a cute paramedic shortly thereafter.

The one mistake people make is always taking straight-on shots. Those work, but not always. Sometimes you need to squat down or figure out a way to shoot from above. I remember lying on the ground and taking pictures. The occasion called for it.

Enjoy the learning process. Don’t ignore anything. If you look at it and think it won’t make a good picture, take it anyway. Again, the cost of errors is free. I’ve taken ones in the past and had the same thought. When I loaded the pictures into the computer that was the picture I liked most.

Learn the basic rules. Then, break them. Rules are meant to be broken.

Carry your camera with you all the time and take photos regularly. Practice never hurts. If you need inspiration, look at what others have done. Find something you like and attempt to recreate it. I’ve done it. It’s a good way to learn what looks good and what doesn’t. Don’t worry about being an overachiever. There’s really no such thing.

While taking pictures, look at what’s around the subject and behind them. I’ve taken a picture recently and I really liked it. However, when I really looked at the surroundings, I noticed the cross in the background appeared to be sticking out of the person’s head. I quickly repositioned and took another picture.

You don’t need a $1,000 camera to take good pictures. An inexpensive tripod is always nice to have for those times when you need the camera to be completely still.

Photography, an area that requires a little something more thought than just taking a picture.

Inspire yourself and be an overachiever.

Get as close as you can to the subject. You do want to leave some excess, but not too much. I’ve been sent pictures and responded, “Why were you standing in Sparta to take a picture in Park Theater?”

Unless you have an awesome camera and amazing camera lens, help your camera out by getting close. I’ve seen so many pictures that were taken from a distance. They rarely work well without a decent camera. Most people are using their cellphones. If that’s you, do not stand across the room and snap a picture. Get over there!

When I was first hired at the Southern Standard 15 years ago, I will admit that I wasn’t the best photographer. I would point and shoot. Not good. I taught myself what looks good and what doesn’t. It has actually been fun. Grab a camera.

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.