Voice of Pelham Column – Article #1

Picture Primer Tip
Voice of Pelham Column – Article #1

I have been recording “Picture Primer” videos for quite a while now. They are aimed to give you quick tips that’ll help you improve your day-to-day photography. You can view all of the “Picture Primer” videos here on my YouTube Channel. I have covered a wide variety of topics from learning to see more creatively and changing your camera angle to how to choose a digital SLR or a beginner lens.

I have recently partnered with the Voice of Pelham to write a weekly “Picture Primer” column for their readers, giving quick snippets of advice for the everyday photographer looking to improve their pictures.

Here’s my article in the Voice of Pelham on April 17th, and below you’ll find the full article. If you’re local to Pelham, keep an eye out in every Wednesday’s paper for my column, and if you’re not local, then you can visit the website to view the articles. I’ll also be blogging the articles here every week.


Picture Primer Photo Tips
Originally published in the Voice of Pelham, April 17th, 2013

We communicate every day with pictures. Pictures help us share our experiences with others, help us tell stories and allow us to remember where we were at a specific point in our lives. A picture is not just a moment captured in time, it is a glimpse into the past. It gives us a way to travel back in time and remember those who we loved the most, and who they were when the picture was taken.

We are fortunate to live in a world where we are surrounded by pictures every day. Digital cameras are almost always by our side and we are able to easily document our memories. Cameras have evolved from a piece of equipment that required an incredible amount of training to use into the amazing tools that they are today that allows us to simply point-and-shoot and get great pictures.

Like any tool though, the camera only does what you tell it to do.

I want you to love taking pictures, I want you to take great pictures and I want you to be able to enjoy the process of taking pictures.

Every week for the next little while, I will be sharing my “Picture Primer Photo Tips” with you here in the Voice of Pelham, they’re quick tips to help you improve your day-to-day photography.

To get you started, here are five tips to get you started and to help you take better pictures today:

  1. Don’t forget your camera — it sounds simple, but a lot of times, we leave the house to go to an event or a family outing and we forget our point-and-shoot cameras.
  2. Shoot in the Shade — Shooting directly in the sun is very unflattering. Furthermore, you will catch people squinting, and photos overall will be less consistent.
  3. Take multiple photos of a group — With group photos, there are so many factors, such as catching someone with their eyes closed or not looking at the camera. Always shoot twice!
  4. Get in the picture yourself — Many times the photographer is so busy shooting the action and fun that they forget to get in a picture themselves. Always try to hand your camera to someone else at some point and get in the picture!
  5. Take control, be adventurous and have fun! — Don’t be afraid to try something new!

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