For Better Pictures

Try framing the subject off-center to create a more interesting shot or try framing your subject with elements from the subject’s environment. Some examples are window frames, trees and the side of a building. This will balance your photo better.

Turn your camera and take vertical shots for a change.

Get down close when photographing kids and pets for more interesting shots.

Keep the camera level and don’t be tempted to point it upwards as that sometimes distorts the subjects.

Try experimenting with natural lighting. Windows can provide dramatic lighting effects for portraits indoors.

Try a different film processing company. There are great variations among developers printing the same photographs.

If you’re shooting at high noon, the sunlight frequently causes shadows on people’s faces. Late afternoon and early morning light is kinder to everyone. Fill in flash can also help create a softer look.

If you are using your camera’s red-eye reduction, tell your subjects there will be two flashes instead of one. This way they can hold their pose until the picture is taken.

A flash will reflect off shiny surfaces. This often occurs when shooting against water or glass. Try shooting the subject from an angle to reduce the amount of direct reflected light.

Wait for the flash to recycle and the red light to go on before you take another photo. A tripod would help to correct any movement, particularly if you are in a flash mode just holding the shutter open for a long time.

Divide your picture into thirds and place the subject at approximately one of the dividing lines. This will draw more attention to the subject and give your picture a unique look.

When shooting in lighting conditions that are bright or severe, let shadows be the subject of your photos. This will give your photos a more dramatic look.

When photographing running water, slower speed films will help to blur the water’s movement giving the photo a feeling of motion.

The bright light of a setting sun can often create a glare in pictures. To capture more color in a sunset, shoot just after the sun has gone down. The colors will be intensified by the sunlight shining up at the sky.