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Welcome to Tony's Blog!

Having settled in Denver, Colo., after years of living and working as a professional photographer in New York City and San Francisco, I spend my days (and quite a few nights) taking pictures. My love for photography is more than a passion; it’s an obsession, and I’m constantly in search for the next story I can tell through my camera lens.

Tips for Taking Better Photographs


While many think that going out and buying a next level camera with all the fix-ins will improve their photography skills, it really has more to do with technique than the type of camera you have. Anyone can take a good photograph, it just takes some practice. The more you practice and the more photos you take, the easier it’ll be to avoid some common mistakes.

In Denver, there are so many beautiful things to take photos of, from the architecture to the landscapes; there are so many wonderful things to capture. With that being said, let’s look at some tips for improving your photography game.

5 Tips for Taking Better Photographs

  1. Learn how to work your camera

    This is obviously the most important part. If you don’t know how to work your camera, you won’t be taking any photos. So, make yourself familiar with the manual, or if you prefer to fidget around with it yourself, do that. You may also want to set it to automatic. If you’re not a professional photographer or enthusiastic about photography, you may not know how to work your camera while it’s on manual.

  2. Find great photo opportunities

    The best way to find the right photo opportunities is to bring your camera with you everywhere. When you’re carrying your camera and you have the goal of taking photos, you’ll see the world differently and become more aware of surrounds you may not have otherwise noticed.

  3. Use the natural light

    Do your best to take photographs outside. In Denver, there are so many beautiful parks and you can see the mountains from almost every angle so there are plenty of things to photograph. Nothing makes a photo look better than natural lighting. Also, play around with the lighting throughout different times of the day.

  4. Compose the shot thoughtfully

    When you’re ready to point your lens and shoot, consider what’s in the frame. You don’t want any clutter and you want to have a focal point. While there aren’t too many rules as to what makes a good shot because it’s all up for interpretation, you should still keep in mind that sharply focused images add context, color, and contrast.

  5. Play around with the angles

    Who said photographs needed to be taken head on? If there are different angles to get of your subject, get those angles. More often than not, you’ll enjoy the photos taken at different angles rather than the one’s you took directly in front of the subject. Also, if you’re taking photos outside in a park, stray off the path. There are going to be so many great photo opportunities that you wouldn’t be able to see from the trail so don’t be afraid to wander.