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  • November Photo A Day + Tips for Better Holiday Photos

    November Photo a Day Idea Sheet

    Today we have the November photo a day inspiration sheet for you with ideas for a photograph (or 2 or 3) for each day of the month.  If you missed the other idea sheets, you can find the links below.

    Previous Month Photo A Day Idea Sheets

    November Photo A Day Idea Sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Download your copy of the November Photo a Day Idea Sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Tips for Better Holiday Photos from Batteryheads.com

    Tips for Better Holiday Photos

    Digital Photography School offers some great tips for taking better holiday photos.  Their tips include:

    1. 1. Try to GET DOWN LOW to shoot photos of the kids.  We usually take pictures from our own eye level, but getting low offers a change of perspective and often a more flattering picture.  Your photos can be more personable and memorable as well.
    2. 2. If you are taking pictures in the Auto mode, you may notice that your flash is going off quite a bit.  This can lead to some washed-out colors and funky shadows on people's faces.  Try ADJUSTING THE ISO settings.  Beware that a very high ISO setting can cause the picture to be grainy.  Practice with your camera settings, including Aperture Priority mode or Shutter Priority mode.
    3. 3. It is often a habit to try and pose people for our pictures.  If you FOCUS ON THE MOMENTS instead of the pose, you may find that the memories of the holiday will linger in your photos.  Pictures of family members talking together, cooking or eating together, playing games or even napping will provide fond memories for years to come.  An unposed shot will often give a more relaxed subject as well.
    4. 4. PUT THE CAMERA DOWN.  Your family and friends want to be with you, not just the lens of your camera.  If you can be intentional in your holiday photo taking, you will be there to savor the time you have with family and friends.

     

    You may also enjoy:

    Top Ten Photography Tips for Better Holiday Photos from Better Photo.com

    How to Take Your Best Holiday Photos Ever from PCMag.com

     

     

  • August Photo A Day: Free Printable

    August Photo A Day and tips for taking photos on bright sunny days

    The August photo a day sheet is available below.  This list will give you some ideas to keep taking photos 365 days this year and improve your photo scene in 2016.

    Summer is flying by.  Hopefully, you have spent some time working on your photography skills.  If you want to be a better photographer, the key is lots of practice.  If you wanted to be a good piano player, you'd take time each day to practice.  Photography is the same.  If you spend just 10 minutes a day taking pictures, of anything, your skills will improve.  Even if it is only a picture of the plant in your kitchen window sill!  Using a photo a day sheet will give you ideas of what you can practice taking pictures of each day.

    With the summer shining brightly in August, we have some links below with some tips for shooting photos on bright sunny days.  Because sometimes lots of light doesn't always equal great pictures!

    Download the August Photo a Day Inspiration Sheet here.

    August Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet from Batteryheads.comLight is usually the friend of photographers.  Sometimes, however, a bright sunny day does not always help your photos to turn out the best.  Between shadows and squints, the bright sun can cause some problems.  Here are 5 tips for Shooting on Bright Sunny Days from Digital Photo Secrets and 3 Tips for Shooting Portraits in Bright Sunshine from Digital Photography School.

  • July Photo a Day: Free Printable

    July Photo A Day and 5 tips for improving your summer photography

    Presenting the July photo a day sheet!  This list will give you some ideas to keep taking photos 365 days this year and improve your photo scene in 2016.  :-)

    Summer is a great time to relax and spend some time making memories.  We also have some links below with some tips for improving your summer photography.

    Download the July Photo a Day sheet here.

    July Photo A Day Inspiration Sheet from Batteryheads.com

    Digital Photography School shares 5 Tips for Improving Your Summer Photography.  Also, check out Tips for Summer Photos at Digital Photo Secrets.  You may also enjoy How to Take Summer Photographs.

    Summer Photography Tips at Batteryheads.com
  • Point and Shoot Photography Tips for Beginners

    Tips to get the most out of your snapshots with your point and shoot camera.

    Point and Shoot Photography Tips

    Point and shoot cameras are sometimes called compact cameras.  These cameras mostly use auto-focus for focusing and automatic systems for setting exposure options.  The camera usually has a built in flash.  Point and shoot cameras are popular with people who don’t consider themselves photographers. These easy-to-use camera are often used for snapshots of vacations, parties and other events where a larger DSLR may be more difficult to carry around.

    That being said, if you have a camera of any sort {film, digital, phone} and care about taking quality pictures, then you are a photographer!

    Tips for getting the most out of your Point and Shoot Camera Continue reading

  • Tips for how to take better fireworks photos this 4th of July

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    Take better fireworks photos.

    Autumn from Its Always Autumn.com has a great site with lots of photo tutorials. She shares some excellent tips for how to take better firework photos as you celebrate the 4th of July.  Read her full post here.

    In addition to using your camera's fireworks settings, she suggests using a tripod and a slower shutter speed.  Also included are tips on how to use your phone camera to take some better photos of the firework display.

    Some other sites with good tips for taking better firework photos at your holiday celebration are:

     

    Happy 4th of July!

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