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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 the Best Photos for Any Occasion

Whether you’re a professional photographer or just enjoy taking photos as a hobby, there’s always room to learn more tips for getting that perfect shot. Whether it’s testing out new shutter speeds, or using different angles, there’s always potential to take a better photo than the last. The key to taking good photos, whether they’re landscape shots, portraits, or candid, there’s always room for improvement.

If you enjoy photography, but feel like you struggle with achieving your desired shot, here is a list of useful tips that should be able to help you.

5 Tips for Photography Beginners

  1. If you’re shooting a specific subject, move in closer to it. By moving in closer, you’ll give the viewer a better understanding of the photo.
  2. Take the photo fast. Now, this takes practice and you’ll end up with some blurry shots, but there’s always a chance that your subject may move, fly away, or just get tired of waiting for you to snap the photo so, check your shutter speed based on what subject you are shooting.
  3. Put some effort into taking the photo. By this, I mean you want to check the lighting and you want to be selective. Don’t just place the subject in front of you without looking at the background or acknowledging how the light is affecting the shadows.
  4. Don’t just take horizontal photos. If you don’t take any vertical photos, you could be missing out on a lot of other elements that could have otherwise made it into the frame.
  5. Keep your camera setting basic. If you’re a beginner with photography, there’s no need to have all the bells and whistles that a professional photographer would otherwise have. While you don’t have to have it set on an “automatic” only setting, you should have it set on a semi-automatic setting.

Understanding Your Photography Subject

The great thing about photography is that you can take a photo of anything you want which makes the possibilities endless. While there are professional photographers out there who specialize in shooting specific subject such as landscapes, portraits, food, weddings etc, there are others who enjoy taking photos of whatever catches their eye.