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I'm fairly new to photography, and I always love hearing new tips.  So I thought the best way to help myself as well as others was to contact some people I admire.  I've gotten some great responses, and here are the results!

1. JessicaBader says:
-When shooting outdoors, the sun should be behind you (unless you're shooting the sunrise/set).
-If you're taking a close-up of the face, put your focus on the eyes.
-Use a tripod for long shutter speeds so that your subject is always in focus.
Frozen by JessicaBader Happy Valentines from Heaven by JessicaBader

2. Ursylla says:
-"Practice from the heart and not competitively... following trends in photography gets you nowhere because all trends come to an end eventually."
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3. mediocre-matt says:
-"Experiment with different techniques. Don't be afraid of what other people say, just do what YOU want to. When it comes to photography, be selfish. It's all about YOU."
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4. Nullermanden says:
-Never forget your camera!  A prime example of this is when Nullermanden brought his camera to surgery!
The Passenger by Nullermanden Forced supervision by Nullermanden Hanging out by Nullermanden

5. matteaton says:
-Become familiar with your camera (yes, that means read the manual!).
-When shooting portraits: the most flattering lighting is soft from above and in the middle of the face.  By lighting a person powerfully from the side, the shape of the figure is accentuated.  Lighting that is straight on (like a flash) is generally unflattering since it makes a person look flat.
Curious by matteaton A Tour Diary - New Friends by matteaton

Mature Content

Body Art 03 by matteaton

6. barefootphotography says:
-Learn to master the basics of photoshop.  Beginner shots usually need some tweaking, but don't make your editing too obvious. ;)
Life Finds a Way by barefootphotography Champagne Supernova by barefootphotography Goodbye Sky Harbor by barefootphotography

7. wordsforsnow says:
-wordsforsnow replied to me with no tips.  Everyone has his or her own vision and method of doing things.  However, I have to just directly quote her :)
-I mean, photography is a very individual thing. because everybody has a different way to see and feel the world.
you know, a "good" picture taken with the best camera of the world, with the perfect composition, the best model of the world, perfect lightning etc can look so fucking boring if the photographer made it without his heart.
this is it. listen to your heart. take your camera and make whatever the voice whispers to you.

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8. s-witch says:
-s-witch claims how a lot of ideas just pop into her head.  Photography is a form of expression, so try out different concepts to see what suits you.
-"It helps a lot knowing your camera, for once you decide about the concept it’s the only thing that stands between you and getting that perfect picture."
Cat eye by s-witch The Deep Blue by s-witch :thumb45009497:

9. xxbcxx says:
-"Find a subject and shoot it at a completely different angle - Include different props and be sure to take composition into mind - Slapping things into the center of the viewfinder and leaving loads of space around it is a no-no 90% of the time! Take the photo, then try it from different points of view - You can always crop out excess space later on!"
Life by xxbcxx An Imperfect World by xxbcxx At Wardown Lake by xxbcxx

10. DuvallGear says:
-"Shoot, shoot, shoot, and after you are finished, shoot some more."
-A photographer needs to learn his/her camera.  Get out there and figure it out!
The Heart of Passion by DuvallGear City Livin by DuvallGear :thumb44991712:

11. Cigaroh says:
-"What I suggest is try doing self portraits.  You're the only person who knows exactly what you want from your model/photo and in my opinion are best able to transmit it if the whole message/mood depends on the model. Once you've gotten used to being a small actor, put other people to pose. Try places that look dead but are suddenly awake to life once a model is inserted into the composition or certain colours are used. :)"
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12. bendisChild says:
-Think simple!  Focusing on useless details will just detract from your overall photo!
-"You should look beyond the image you take; make a photo when you have something to tell the world with it. Most beginners, like myself, do shoot everything that moves:) if i can say so...leaves, puppies, anything. That's ok, but at some point, you have to leave those things behind and start swimming in the deeper pool...always try to send a message with your picture, that's my opinion."
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13. jjuuhhaa says:
-"When it comes to tips, the one single thing that improved my photography most was when I bought a decent tripod. Not a cheap plastic one but a sturdy one. I always compose my pictures without a tripod and then setup the tripod to match the exact angle I want, but still I think it has some help on composition."
Frozen BW by jjuuhhaa Bridge into Autumn by jjuuhhaa a Road by jjuuhhaa

And as if that wasn't enough, here's a few more features to tickle your fancy. :P
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Hope you enjoyed it!
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Gerjen Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thanks for the tips, it was very interesting and helpfull. I will surely use them. I normally only shoot what grabs my attention and do not follow a specific subject. I just love to learn and experiment.
genbozass Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008   Filmographer
love it !
scream92 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
I hope it'll help me in the future.I'm not very good in photography,but I want to learn about it and I think this is enough to improve my picture quality..thx for the tips:XD:
shrayas Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
great compilation :heart:
NeX-Media Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Really Good Tips, I think i will use the Tips ;)
broken-again26 Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
man, this is majorly helpfull!! I'm going to get my camera and try taking some photos now!!
s-sanneee Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
thanks a bunch! and those features are beautiful each one of them
boldstripes Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
superb ;] very helpfull
mrh Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
The best advice I've ever been given is "to look at a scene and figure out what it is about it that captures your eye and eliminate all the chaos around it until only what you like about the subject is remaining in your viewfinder. Then take the picture."
deppbbey Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
very inspiring :) i love it.
Elasha Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
^ ^ Very Nice.

A great Article. :)
vatrik Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007   Photographer
Thanks for this
butterflymakis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Just one question, can a simple digital camera can work for practicing photography while I can buy a more professional camera???
Dreamk8 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Very helpfull, and very intresting to read, nice pictures
thanks for sharing this
monib Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
shiningcin Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
-"Experiment with different techniques. Don't be afraid of what other people say, just do what YOU want to. When it comes to photography, be selfish. It's all about YOU."

nice quote ...
mini-panda Featured By Owner May 8, 2007   Photographer
very helpful!!! =)
jimboi Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks!! real... [link]
Plasmic-Slime Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Someone may have already said this,
but never take a picture from eye level.
Explore the different angles more.
arhcamt Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
love it :D
ferrari2006extreme Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
cool tips!!!!!
uberfoto Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done article! Way to do the research.
erwin007ro Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
thank you! good tips ;)
jstone239 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007   Photographer
definatley some good tips! :peace:
contra-me Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
it's really great and helpful for me-begginer.
thank you for this!
houseofwolves Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Professional Photographer
Great tips!
Everything-Nikon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
Hey thanks for a great tips this news has been listed in our club tutorial journal!
Hope thats ok with you.
mmmrobin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007   Photographer
That's perfectly fine! Thanks, and I'm glad it's been helpful. =D
Bolognist Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
its all wonderful....except for one of the first tips....actually....quite oftenyl its better having the sun at 90 degrees angle from you.....then to have it behind you(180 degrees)...especially while using a polarizer.
mmmrobin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007   Photographer
Really? That's a good tip, since sometimes it's hard to get the sun directly behind you for certain situations. =D
Bolognist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Loulah Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
This is great :nod:
Lovelt features.
red-dream Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Student
:D this was a great help ! Thank you! :heart:
Taped-Sharpie Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
shoot with the heart!!!

woohoo :) great article :D
iamseawolf Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
It can be said that all art needs to be from the heart, photography is no exeption.

The angular shots is a good point, my local newspaper always takes shots of resturants for reviews etc. at an angle and it makes interesting viewing in print. It's simple yet so effective, I've been doing it with some shots.

Thanks for a great article!
diagonal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007
thank you giiirl!
8rankinho Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks...this help me a lot=D
eLOohVeeEee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007  Student
very useful, i like it :D
Ariello Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007   Photographer

thanks a lot!
Finoula Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
Wonderful. Good idea, and thanks to the tippers. lol
Aurenthia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
This is fantastic! Thank you so much for the help.
ZenithBlur Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
very helpful article and great features!! thanks
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
Fabulous news article, thank you
homedoggieo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
I think a lot of that is good, but I disagree with the "shooting with the sun behind you" tip. I think it's important to switch it up and find out what lighting works for you instead of always putting the sun in one place...

But that's just me!
mediocre-matt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007
I agree, somewhat. Especially with holga and lomo cameras...shooting into the sun is the besssst.
mmmrobin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007   Photographer
That's true. I suppose putting the sun behind you is good for beginners though, to help people become conscious of actually paying attention to the light. Once you realize that light IS important, playing around with it is fun. =D
homedoggieo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
That it is :D
CindeeRoo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
Not bad for your first article :w00t:

What a great idea and I thank you for sharing. Such great tips from amazing photographers. :nod:

I've learned some great stuff here, but unfortunately I won't remember a lick of it so I'm off to print it out. :giggle: I'll study it and perhaps even carry it with me till I get the hang of it all.

I agree with the idea of this becoming a series. What a great way to help us beginners. :thumbsup:
mmmrobin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007   Photographer
I'm happy it's been so helpful. I learned a lot myself.

Haha, printing it out sounds like a good idea. XD
hi-fi-killer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
Very useful, thanks for posting :D
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