A Few Quick Photography Tips

by SomeGirl on June 14, 2011 · 14 comments

Boy, am I tired from a trip we took over the weekend! We left Friday morning for my husband to attend a mini-lypse with about a dozen other istock photographers about 5 hours away. The boys and I hung out at the hotel, with friends and at the pool quite a bit. It was a wonderful 5 days, but now I am kaput (we arrived home a few hours ago). So, today’s Photography Wednesday post is going to be a simple, short one… hope you understand. :)

Here are a few quick photography tips from our weekend away…

Tip #1: Something fun to do, when you have a steady place to set your camera and you want to catch some action going on around you, is to set your camera down facing the action, set the shutter speed to a long duration (play around with what speed is right for your action) and press the shutter release (the button your press to take a photo).

For example, we sat in the kitchen, for our first visit ever, at Bucca di Beppo. It was such a neat experience and I wanted to capture all of the action to show my husband what it was like. After MANY, MANY tries I finally found the shot I wanted with a shutter speed of 2 seconds (ISO 100). It was well worth the tries and fun to learn how to do. (You can tell that’s a chef with a knife, right?)  :)



Tip #2: A partially cloudy day is a good day for taking people photos.

For example, we wanted to get a cute shot of my littlest one and one of our sweet, cute extended family members… so we had them sit together on the edge of the pool real fast.



The sun was too bright for my littlest one to open his eyes without using his hands to make shade.



We went on and sent the kiddos back in the pool, satisfied that we had at least captured their cuteness together in some fashion.


a cloud covered the sun and we quickly pulled both little ones back to their spots to take advantage of the diffused light. Before recently, I had no idea why professional photographers said cloudy days were good for shooting photos… now I understand. :)



Tip #3: (Something I learned several years back from a friend who is in advertising design…) Tilting your camera just a bit gives an interesting look to your photos. He called it a “dutch angle.” I don’t know if that’s the technical name or not (and I’m too tired to look it up), but I really like it! :)


Thanks for stopping by today for a few photography tips!  I hope you’re doing well and look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow for Thought Provoking Thursday. ♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)




Love your tips! I don’t have a fancy camera, but I can always learn something from you I can use too!


Thank you, Marci… I’m so glad to hear that!

Btw, a lot of point and shoots have long shutter settings (presets) these days, and can capture motion similar to the first picture… something to look into, if you’re interested. :)

Cranberry Morning

Great tips! Love that chef photo (and of course the kids!). I’ve managed to find the ISO setting on my camera, but not shutter speed. It has a dial with little pictures (so annoying), but even when I use the ‘picture’ of the ski jumper (my husband says it’s a person running – to indicate the need for a fast shutter speed) it doesn’t seem to make any difference.

Yes, I’ll drag out that manual and read it cover to cover. Hopefully in there I’ll find the solution. And why have I waited so long to do that? That’s the great mystery. lol


Oh, how I wish we could sit down together and figure your camera out. :) You won’t see much difference if your subject isn’t moving very quickly. That skiing/running person is for fast movement… anything slower than that speed will look the same no matter how you shoot (for the most part). Does that make any sense?

Reading your manual cover to cover is a great idea. But I’d suggest you take one part at a time and really learn it.

I’d LOVE to hear what you learn!


I was trying to take pictures inside at a concert today and I thought “I wish I knew what Michelle would say about this!”. Thank for the tips!


That made me smile to read it the first time and makes me smile to read it again as I (finally) reply! :)

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies

Cool tips! I am glad that Amy shared them with me!


I’m glad she did, too! :)

Deb Chitwood

Great tips, as usual, Michelle! :) It took me awhile to get used to “dutch angle” photos. Now I find that I love them and enjoy experimenting with them every now and then.


Yeah, I thought my friend was crazy when he suggested titling the camera, but it’s pretty neat once you get used to them, hu? :)

(Thanks for your kind words!)


Great pics, Michelle! Glad you had a good time away and are home safely.


Thank you, J! :)

Betsy at Zen Mama

Wonderful pictures! The kids are so cute and photogenic. Thanks again for all your tips. I’ve just finished reading through the istock manual and am almost ready to send my photos off. Thanks for all your help through the process Michelle!


Oh no… I just realized I never replied to you, Betsy! I’m so sorry… I’ll make a note to do that tomorrow. (Can you tell forgetting to do things is a common theme in my life??)

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