Want to take better photos?  Of course you do, we all do.  That’s why we’re always scouring websites like Flickr or Shutterstock to look at other peoples photographs and see what techniques they’ve used.

So to make things easy for you here are the top 5 tips that I’ve found to be most helpful in my photography:

1.  Fill the frame with your subject.  Whether that means zooming in or physically moving in closer, filling the frame with your subject means there are no background distractions that you didn’t notice before the shot was taken and your subject doesn’t get lost in its surroundings.

2.  Follow the rules.  The rule of thirds, and using lead in lines, can dramatically improve composistions and help you take better photos.

3.  Focus on the eyes.  Whether you realize you’re doing it or not, the eyes are always the first thing a human looks at.  If they are out of focus, the image doesn’t seem right, but if they are pin sharp the photo becomes fantastic.

4.  Take lots of photos.  With the advent of digital photography, we no longer have to worry about running out of film and trying to make all frames count.  The more photos you take of a subject, the more likely you are of getting multiple shots that you like.  Of course, they should all be from different angles and directions using a range of shutter speeds and apertures to get a good mix of images you like.  The more photos you take, the better photographer you will become.

5.  Take your camera everywhere.  And don’t be afraid to use it!  At restaurants, parties, picnics, work, school, anywhere you go at all, take your camera.  You never know when a great photo opportunity will arise and you don’t want to miss out.

Happy Shooting!

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