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Learn Photography: 10 Tips For Taking Pictures Like A Professional

Added by Edan Barak on May 26, 2014

You don't have to be a professional photographer to take great pictures. In photography, as in life, it's the little things that matter. There are many small tricks you can use to immediately improve your photos, and when you combine them the results will make your pictures stand out and have your family and friends begging you for copies.

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Use a plain background that is not busy but not necessarily something indoors

A plain background could be a stand of trees behind your subject, a building or something else that draws the eye to your subject and enhances the picture. Don't forget to study the background as you set up the picture. You don't want anything in the picture that could make it look unusual or unnatural, such as cars in the background seemingly dangling from your subject's ears.

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Move closer to your subject

A good rule of thumb is to consider the size of your subject and step closer to them if they are smaller than a car. You want to fill the picture with your subject and by moving closer or zooming in on them, you can capture unique things about them.

Make sure you don't get any closer than what your camera can truly capture; about three feet. Otherwise, your pictures could turn out fuzzy.

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