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


Make portrait subjects look toward the frame

Here’s a portrait of a child painting. But who is he looking at? Apparently not the person taking the photo. There’s a missed opportunity to have the subject connect with the photographer, and by extension the person viewing the picture.



Most portraits look better when the subject is looking towards the center of the picture rather than away. You can see the difference with this picture. The child is looking right at the camera, engaging the photographer, which grabs the attention of the viewer.