Professional photography advice: you don't need to be a professional to take good pictures. These are just a couple of tips that will get you on the right track.
Not everyone is a professional when it comes to taking good pictures. But the good news is that you do not have to be. How often do you get your pictures back, only to realize the shot you took, isn't as great as you wanted it to be? But take heart. There are a few simple tricks, which will have you shooting like a pro.
Ever take a picture of a loved one, only to find that the face is dark when you get the picture back? There is a simple way to fix that. Watch the sun. Whenever possible, you should have the sun behind you when taking a picture. That way Mother Nature is providing the lights for you. The sun will highlight the areas you want to see, usually the face. If the sun is in front of you, it will cast a shadow right where you want to see.
Surprisingly, the best light comes in the morning and evenings. You will get some neat color tones at these times of the day. However, if possible, try to avoid shots in the middle of the day. That's when the sun is directly above you, and no matter where you place your subject, there will also be a shadow straight down. If it is a cloudy day, try using the flash - even if it is the middle of the afternoon. The flash will add light, which will add detail.
Here is a little test for you. True or false. When taking a picture, you want to have the subject right in the middle of the frame. False. One of the biggest mistakes people make, is to shot a person, head to toe, right in the middle of the shot. Here is something you can try next time you take a picture. Draw an imaginary tic-tac-toe board over the entire frame. Then try to position the subject where the lines meet, one of the four corners. If it is a person, try framing it in the upper portions. If it's something else, say a rock, try framing it in the lower portion. When shooting something on the horizon, frame it in the upper half if you want to show more land, frame it on the bottom half if you want to show more sky. Also, move in. That will get rid of a lot of the clutter in the picture. Take a look at some of your favorite people pictures. I bet most of them show just the face and not the entire body. The closer you get, the more details you will be able to show, the better the picture will look.
It can take years of practice to become a professional photographer. If taking pictures is something you enjoy, you might want to look into the hundreds of books that are available. But hopefully, these simple tips will get you well on your way to taking pictures like a pro.
If you have a porch, patio or deck then you should make these areas just as warm and inviting as your indoor spaces. These outdoor spaces actually increase your living area by square footage, which makes them ideal for extending your home's possibilities. Whether you entertain or just want a spot to curl up in a chair and soak in the weather, outdoor spaces shouldn't be overlooked.
It's a shame to have these spaces as part of your home and only use them occasionally. If you decorate them in warm and inviting ways, then there's no reason why they can't be enjoyed as often as other areas of your home.
The problem most people make with their porches or decks is they think of them as an after thought. As a result, they just put out some lawn furniture and a barbecue grill and they are done. But, this lack of attention doesn't invite you or anyone else to stay for a while.
Think of your outdoor spaces as ?rooms? and decorate them like you would an interior room. What type of things do you consider when decorating an interior room? Color scheme, furniture arrangement, floors, walls, ceilings, artistic accents, etc. These are things to consider when designing your outdoor space, too.
Because your outdoor rooms tend to butt up against the exterior walls of your home, use a color scheme that complements your home's color. It's also a good idea to blend that with the outdoor environment, because nature tends to stand in as your other ?walls.?
Create intimate seating areas with chairs and tables. One area of your patio might be suitable for conversation with weatherproof sofas and coffee tables. Another area can be set up for dining or playing monopoly or a game of cards.
Include furniture pieces that you don't mind keeping outdoors. It's okay if they become a bit weathered over the years ? that only adds to the appeal of the space. Use an old hutch to store barbecue utensils or gardening supplies. One with open shelving can display colorful potted plants. These in themselves add an additional decorative element to the space.
Include some built-in pieces like benches or container gardens to create a more permanent feeling to your space. When you anchor a space with built-ins, it doesn't feel like an after-thought.
There are lots of beautiful weatherproof fabrics for your seating areas available today. If you live in mild climates go ahead and use cushions and throw pillows made from cotton or other fabrics. They might bleach a bit over time from the sun, but they add character and coziness to a space. Store them in your outdoor hutch during inclement weather when necessary and bring them out again later.
Include art in your outdoor rooms by hanging items on the exterior walls of your house. Bring in sculptural pieces, too. Even something as simple as a wooden ladder leaning against the house can have a decorative element to it. Other outdoor items like gazing balls, wheelbarrows potted with flowers, or shutters hinged together to create privacy screens are complementary to outdoor spaces.
Decorate your floors, too. Paint a checkerboard pattern or a faux rug on your deck or patio. If you have a covered porch or patio, think about the ceiling treatment, too. Also include extra mood lighting and breezy ceiling fans to extend the coziness of your outdoor space during different temperatures or times of day.
When creating home improvements, don't overlook your exterior spaces. They should be addressed like all areas of your home. Don't turn them into boring after-thoughts. Like your front entrance ? make them as welcoming and appealing as possible. You will get more enjoyment value out of your house when you use the extra square footage in these places, too.
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