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Photography Tips
Have you ever started your sentences with, "It was only yesterday?" Time seems to fly by and it seems that every time you blink, 10 years have flown by. To capture those "yesterdays" cameras have become essential.

1. Backgrounds
Having a busy or distracting background can move the focus of the picture. Eyes will automatically notice the background before your subject. Before you take the picture check the surrounding area, if you have a competing background try moving your subject to the left or right.

2. Center Stage
Always having your subjects in the center of the picture is common but can be boring. It’s time to step outside of the box and bring your pictures to life. To position your subject in the right area, imagine what you see through your viewfinder as a tic-tac-toe grid. Place your subject to one of the intersections of the grid.

3. Vertical Pictures
Move your camera sideways to take vertical pictures. Get creative and change the angle of the camera. By moving your camera sideways, you can change your ok horizontal photo to a great vertical picture. Take a picture horizontally and vertically to see for your self the different effect each has on a photo.

4. Change Angles
Get creative and get down to your subjects level. Move your camera based on what you want your subject to look like. Squat down to make some one look taller, stand on a chair and make something look really small, or hold your camera over your head and take a picture. The difference between a picture and a memorable picture is how you approach it.

5. Eye Level
Making eye contact is important in real life. It can be just as important in pictures. A photograph becomes more inviting and draws you in when you have direct eye contact with your subject.

6. Up Close & Personal
Get up close to your subject. This gives all the attention to your subject. Be careful, though. If you are too close to you subject, you pictures will be fuzzy.

7. Sunlight
Natural light can enhance your photos, but if it is too bright it can cause shadows that obscure facial details. The best way to use sunlight to your advantage is taking your photographs when the sun is behind you. But use sunlight with caution.

8. Cloudy Skies
The pictures you take on a cloudy day will give you a different feel than the same picture taken on a clear sunny day. Use the overcast to your advantage. Portraits come out great during an overcast day when the light isn't as harsh.

9. You're the Boss
If you have a great idea on how the picture should be, take control of the shoot. Tell your subjects what you want. Not every picture needs to be choreographed, but your photographs will be more detailed if you take charge.
10. Special Occasions
When celebrating a special occasion don't forget to put yourself in the pictures. What photo album would be complete without pictures with your family and friends? Don't forget to capture emotions because those are the memories you want to remember.

The best memories captured are those that just happen. It could be an afternoon lunch or a candid shot of a grandmother reading to her grandchild. So always have your camera ready.

11. Know Your Camera
Knowing how your camera works will greatly improve all your photos you take. The best way to learn is to experiment with all the different settings. Take several pictures with each setting to see which ones work for you.
Tips:
**If you are planning to print pictures at home, always use your camera's highest resolution to ensure the print quality.
**If your camera has an automatic red-eye reducer, you should warn your subject that there will be a “pre-flash? before the picture is taken. This will keep them from moving after the first flash.