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anyone out there who can give me some great tips on improving my photos. I promised to do some canid shots for a wedding as a favour for a friend but would like to make sure I do a good job. all help appreciated

mmokane24
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sunny101

Definitely avoid posed shots and this will eliminate the 'chin stuck out and cheesy grins' that come with posed pics. The most successful pics are the ones where nobody is looking directly into the lens or they are in their own little bubble. Photographers talk a lot about composition and it is the key to a successful shot. Aim the camera/phone frame the subjects well and then judge again for peripheral gratuitous extras before you push the button. Although you can photoshop later, it really is time consuming to get rid of a hand, in shot, that has escaped from the Addams Family or a telegraph pole, growing out of someone's head, that you never even considered because it's was a country wedding and everything looked green and beautiful at the time. I don't want to go on about lighting - we've all taken enough pics to judge and adjust. Only two rules - 1) frame + assess and repeat 2)keep your finger on that button for multiple shots to choose from later. (an open toothy-mouth can look like a snarl and a closed-eye face can looked ratted 🤣 ) If there is a bride and you want some brownie points make sure you take loads of various angle dress shots.

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mmokane24

thanks so much for all the tips. this is very useful thank you. I really appreciate your help. thanks again for the post

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AgnesFaludi

Get the newest Photoshop. I think u can use it free for a month and u can improve all your photos there,

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davidstockport

Camera stability is a thing often overlooked if you can't use a tripod wherever possible try to rest the camera on something solid*, or even lean against something solid yourself. If you can't ensure the camera is absolutely static when you press the button avoid zooming in get closer to the subject instead, also practice pressing the button without moving the camera. You'll find that if standing you get better stability if one foot is in front of the other (not side by side).

If you don't understand your camera fully if it has an "AUTO" mode that is probably best used especially for candid shots where the subjects aren't posing.

*A small bean bag (or similar) can be used to rest the camera on something solid and get the correct shooting angle.

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jmsonl

Studying photography or taking it up as a major hobby is really the best way to get amazing results. There is plenty of YouTube videos and web sites that can help. If I was to pass on one tip I would say that when you take photos of people make sure you have their full body in the shot (unless it is a portrait). Too many bad photos are from the head down to the knees.

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