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10 Things About Me

10 things about me htps://betterphotographyskills.comHere are 10 things about me that you probably don’t know. Some of these things only my closest friends know. Like #4. Hmmm. May be I should rethink this. Too late! Here they are!

  1. I was born in New Jersey but don’t have a Jersey “twang” if you know what I mean.
  2. I grew up in the Northeast.
  3. My father was a photographer who did his own developing. I thought he was a magician. Really!
  4. I used to be a professional clown. Yep, you read that right. Shhh!
  5. I have three children and seven grandchildren. Surprise!
  6. I used to be an heirloom seamstress — true heirloom that is — all natural threads, fabrics, and laces. No serger used. Just authentic French sewing that can be handed down from generation to generation. Okay. Okay. So I used a computerized sewing machine instead of hand sewing, but that’s the only difference. Don’t get me started on the fake “heirloom” stuff made of polyester threads, fabrics, and laces that’s being sold today. Grrr. One of my favorite places to shop was Maratha Pullen’s Heirloom Sewing for Children. I haven’t done any heirloom sewing in years. I’ve been so involved with photography. But it still has a place in my heart.
  7. I’ve proofread books professionally. I still do this occasionally but am highly selective about the clients/works I accept.
  8. I used to teach Phys Ed in a private school. Yep! Yep! Yep! THAT was FUN!
  9. I teach English language arts to grades 6 through 12. I keep saying I’m going to retire from this and go into blogging/photography full time, but I can’t imagine life without my students. I can do both!
  10. I absolutely LOVE McDonald’s Oreo Frappes! But that doesn’t mean I drink them all the time. My eating preference is plant based, so that eliminates those little trappers.

Well, there you have it, friends! Ten things about me you probably didn’t know before you read this post. Now we’re best buds!

Okay, I’ve revealed some goodies here. Your turn! Tell us at least one thing about you that would probably surprise us.  🙂



Tips for New Photographers

tips for new photographers https://betterphotographyskills.comSo, you’ve taken the plunge into the waters of photography, huh? Great! But there’s a lot more to it than just clicking that shutter button. Now don’t get spooked. Just be aware of that. And keep at it. You can definitely do it!

Here are some basic photography tips to get you started on the right track.

  • Learn your camera! I know. I know. It’s not fun or glamorous. But the payoff is huge!
  • Shoot RAW (You’ll need software to process it, but you’ll love the flexibility!)
  • Learn to hold your camera correctly (This link will help)
  • Learn to stand correctly to get sharp pictures (This link will help)
  • Use back button auto focus (Your camera’s manual will tell you how to activate this)
  • Learn the rule of thirds (It’s easy! And probably a must for your beginning shots at good composition.)
  • Squeeze the shutter button … don’t snap it
  • Position a focus point on whichever of your subject’s eyes is closest to the lens
  • Learn to use your histogram (Don’t panic! This is easy, too. This link  will help.)

The most flexible mode to shoot in is manual. It gives you total control of your shot. But we’ve covered enough for now.

This sounds tougher than it really is, so don’t start pullin’ your hair out.  🙂

One of the best tips I can give you is this: It’s much easier to learn it right in the beginning than to have to break a bad habit.

Give yourself time to learn this skill. Every photographer had to start somewhere. Not to worry. You’ll get it!

An excellent starting point is to read your camera manual. Mark the places you know you’re going to have to read again. If your camera manual is hard to understand (and many of them are), buy an instruction book for your particular model. Or see if your public library has one. Or you can search for instructions online. Do whatever you have to to learn your camera!

Check out this helpful post for new photographers too.

Questions? You can either leave them in the comments section or email me.

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