I just thought I'd start a thread for suggesting some photo shooting tips for use pic ******. I've never done professional photography, nor read or studied it at all. Just learned the basics from playing w/ my camera.
Some really basic tips...
-always have the light/sun behind you (unless you're going for that dark side effect)
-night shots require a tripod... or an amazingly steady hand (I have a tripod, hands are too shakey)
-don't cover your flash w/ your finger (like I said.. basic tips.. hehe)
Backgrounds & Sunlight....
I love a good back drop, nature is my personal favorite, and living in NS there'* plenty of woods, lakes and even an ocean to use as a background.
Problem with background I find is mostly sunlight.... esp when using a lake or ocean. I sometimes take note of a area, and remember if morning or afternoon would be better, so that the sun is behind me. I'm lazy and I like to sleep in, so I'm always looking for afternoon/evening locations.... hehe
I know this is limited by your camera, but I always try to take at least 1600x1200 shots. That way if I need to print out a larger photo it keeps most of it'* quality. Also, when I use the images for a background (on my computer) I don't resize the image, instead when taking the photograph, I normally snap a few further back from the car, and then crop that image (to say 1280x1024 or 1024x76
. That way you don't get any compression & dithering errors that you would from resizing.
Anyways, that'* all I can think of right now.... BonneAlien, BonneMeMN, smellbird, JimW and others (you know who you are)... I've got the ball started... I'm expecting you guys to chime in with some of your "Tricks of the trade".