Introduction: Photography by Me!

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Taking nice pictures is actually quite fun and easy. You don’t need to be a “camera expert” nor do you immediately need to know all those “confusing” settings on your camera. All that is required is a subject and an eye for what is nice. The rest will come, trust me… been there, done that.

Most of my pictures are taken with the auto setting (as oppose to manual).

My camera, which is 8 years old, is the Canon Powershot G5. I have no plans on upgrading since it still takes excellent pictures.

Step 1: 1. Pick Your Subject

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Mine is flowers from my garden. And the pictures shown below are from my garden. Other pictures are either inside or around the city.

Step 2: 2. Evaluate the Light of Day... Sunny, Dawn, or Dusk?

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Pictures are best taken either really early mornings when the sun is just coming up, or after 6-6:30 when the sun is going down (just before dusk). I personally prefer the evening. The colours are true to nature. And sometimes, the pictures talk to you :)

Step 3: 3. Close-Ups (macro) Vs Zoom Vs Far

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I normally set my camera on “Macro” setting when I want to take a picture of that certain flower or plant, and even bees, and I zoom in for butterflies since I can't get close enough to them without them flying away.  When on macro, the remainder of the background is blurry, which is really cool.

Macro setting is used at about 1’ or less from your subject. However, at times, if you are too close to the subject, the camera will have difficulty focusing. Also note that the macro and zoom feature do not always readily work well together. If that is the case, don’t use the macro, but do use the zoom.

Step 4: 4. Under Pictures

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Meaning taking pictures by turning your camera/screen upward on your subject or by crouching down and turning the screen upward. Makes for really cool pictures, and the height of the subject also plays a role in the pictures too.

My camera has a screen that can be swivelled.

Step 5: 5. Playing With the Sun, Water, Candles, and More

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I do love taking pictures with the sun slightly in the camera provided it’s after 6:30 PM or so. Also, when I’m watering the grass with the hand sprinkler. For example, I might get my husband to shoot the hand sprinkler high in the garden, and then I capture the right moment. I often need numerous tries to get the one shot right, but it’s all worth it.

Candles can be pretty cool too - they are the light.

Step 6: 6. Other Subjects

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Don’t forget your pets in the garden, the sky, the snow, the mirrors, shadows, etc. Shoot, shoot, shoot. It’s loads of fun.

Step 7: 7. Manual Settings

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As for the manual settings…all I have to say is… play with your settings until you think you’re getting it right. After all, everything is digital now, so it’s point, shoot, and delete if you don’t like.

Most of the time, I use the automatic because I'm always in a hurry for a certain shot.

I could certainly write more, but I think this is good for starters. Sorry about so many pictures, I get carried away.

Go out and enjoy the scene :).

Comments

CreativeGeek (author)2013-08-15

Nice! And it's kinda funny how that flower was giving you the finger in a way too.

Nostalgic Guy (author)2011-09-20

You have some nice shots here.
I whish I could have a garden like that but animals & small boys playing footbal makes it a bit difficult :-)

MissDaisy (author)Nostalgic Guy2011-09-20

Nostalgic Guy,

I know what you mean about... animals and football boys.

My garden was smaller when my daughter was younger... playing basketball, badminton, etc. OH, did that ball just kill my delphinium??? ... LOLOLO. But those days are now gone, so I can make it as big as I want :)))

Thanks for the comment, much appreciated.

Zadrac (author)2011-09-16

Thank you. I enjoyed your tips very much.

MissDaisy (author)Zadrac2011-09-18

Glad you enjoyed them Zadrac :)

rimar2000 (author)2011-09-14

Only four words: A WE SO ME!

MissDaisy (author)rimar20002011-09-15

Gracias tanto señor:)

Yo no hablo español. Yo también utilicé a un traductor.

MrKahuna (author)2011-09-14

Wow... excellent photos, very impressive. And i have to agree, don't worry too much about the technical aspects, just get out there and start snapping. Good pictures will inspire a new photographer to learn more. No amount of technical know how will make a badly composed picture worth while.

MissDaisy (author)MrKahuna2011-09-14

Thank you for you kind words MrKahuna :)

And so true when you say to "not worry" about the technical part of it. Besides, that wouldn't work for me anyway. I simply go out, and click away until I'm satisfied.

lemonie (author)2011-09-13


Very nice.

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MissDaisy (author)lemonie2011-09-14

Thank you lemonie :)

Phil B (author)2011-09-13

You do have a certain natural feel for good composition, and that makes a big difference over someone who does not.

MissDaisy (author)Phil B2011-09-14

Thank you Phil.

I must tell you, composition is something you learn over time. Over the years, I've bought many photography and gardening mags and applied what I liked. Once you like what you snap, you go out and try to do it better :) Works for me.

ChrysN (author)2011-09-13

Great photos!

MissDaisy (author)ChrysN2011-09-14

Thank you ChrysN :)

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