How to Take Great Pictures


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Learning how to take great pictures could take a lifetime. After all, photography is an art form and like all art forms, it takes time, patience and practice to master. There is not one clear path to taking great pictures and a lot of it comes down to the intuition of the photographer and how it resonates with the viewer. The whole process of taking great pictures is highly subjective. That said, there are guidelines and techniques that you can adhere to that will help you along the way. While you may not be taking great pictures overnight, you can start learning how to take great pictures this very moment.
How to Take Good Pictures of Buildings style
A guide to architectural photography
Make great long exposure photos. style
Ever wondered how photographers take cool night pictures of roads in New York with the red and white car lights. In this Instructable I will show you how to create these photos and other tricks using...
How to Take Amazing pictures of Lightning!  style
Using you digital camera, I will teach you how to take amazing pictures of lightning. All you need is a camera that you can change to exposure time. I have and love a Cannon PowerShot SD900. Its expos...
How to take AWESOME night photos WITHOUT a tripod style
This instructable will teach you how to use the normal digital camera you already own to take night photos that are not blurry, and without a tripod. Don't believe me? The photos on this page were s...
How To Take Great Close-Up Photos style
Taking great close-up photos is much easier than you think. Based on the multitude of blurry detail pictures I've seen on ebay and craigslist, it must be a skill many don't possess. With these skills ...
How To Take a Great Still Flower Picture style
This instructable will take you through the steps of taking still flower shots (specifically lilies). I took a recent trip to a lily farm and took some pictures, and I am going to give you some tips t...
How to take pictures of your dog style
Taking pictures of pets is not easy. They always seem to look away or move at the last second. Getting good pictures of man's best friend can be down right frustrating, but here are some tips to make ...
Photography-the guide to great photos style
Learn the skills you need to start taking photos that will draw attention.In this guide i'll take you through the stages leading up to becoming a good photographer.
Create a Perfectly White Background and Wet Effects style
I haven't ever had as much luck growing tomatoes as I have this year, and I'm pretty sure it's the result of double digging, adding amendments, watering regularly, and getting the dang plants in the g...
Super Simple Light Tent style
I was inspired to do this project after seeing the PVC light tent posted on the MAKE blog. This light tent uses a cardboard box, and some white material (Tyvek) and allows you to take reasonable phot...
DIY Photography Backdrop style
This is an easy removable table-mounted photography backdrop that can be built in roughly five minutes. This came about when it was suggested that my previous ceiling mounted backdrop rig was an eyeso...
Create a Perfectly Black Background in Photography style
Arranging objects, people, animals, and plants for a photograph can be quite difficult, especially if there's noise (e.g., clutter on the floor).  It's much easier to photograph an individual person o...
Photography Tip: Taking Beautiful Photos And Editing Them style
This Instructable is a great photography tip for beginners. Taking beautiful photos. Most photos like these are usually nature. Such as flowers, fruit, trees, etc... Have you ever wanted to take phot...
Photographing Fireworks style
Getting good photos of fireworks is easy.Just follow this instructable...
Backyard Bird Photography style
Assigning yourself a project is a tested method of improving your photography skills. Choose a technique and a process that will concentrate your efforts to improve a particular skill. I decided that ...
Tips for Halloween pumpkin pictures style
Carving a Jack-O-Lantern is fun, taking loving pictures of the spooky glowing face is even more fun. Here are some techniques I use with a mid-range digital camera to get great pictures.
Simple Picture Merge in Photoshop style
Here I have the steps detailing how to take something from one photo, and place it into another photo using basic skills in Photoshop elements 7.
Build a Photography Studio: Softbox, Directional and Umbrella style
Photography is essentially capturing rays of light through a (short) window in time and holding it as a static, 2D image. Light captured in the photograph is controlled by 4 parameters:1. Aperture si...