How to > Take great pictures: the basics



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Follow the “Rule of Thirds”

Use leading lines

Shoot the “Golden Hour”

Fill the frame

Make portrait subjects look
toward the frame

Arrange group shots

Arrange portraits around
an object

Shoot at child-level

Don’t use flash at night

Shoot now, delete later


Don’t use flash at night

Flash cameras are often useful in low-light situations when you want to highlight details on a subject. The trouble is that the flash cancels out much of the glow from other lights, which affects the vibrancy of the photo. A lot of the wonder of night photography has to do with the lights that we see without the flash. If you want to make a better photograph, turn off the flash and experiment with shooting nighttime scenes. Having a tripod or resting your camera on a stationary object helps keep things sharp. (Even so, don’t make your shutter speed too slow or the picture will be blurry.) Take advantage of the glow from streetlamps, passing cars and, in this example, floodlit buildings.