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Help me help you: Tell me about your picture-taking troubles!

When I posted about the MyPublisher photo books, several of you contacted me, wondering how to take better photos.


Since that’s not exactly in line with my blog’s theme (and since there are many great photography blogs written by people more skilled than me with a camera!), I checked with you all on Facebook the other day just to see if there was broader interest in this.


And you (at least those of you who are on my Facebook page!) said yes.

So, I’m going to put together a post (postS? a series? Not sure yet.) with some pointers and ideas that will hopefully be simple and helpful.



To make sure that this is indeed useful for you, I’d like to ask where you most want help.



For instance…

Are you not sure what to take pictures of?

Are you not sure what angles are best?

Do you feel like your pictures are just boring?

Are your pictures too bright/too dark?

Do you have trouble catching moving kids on camera?

Do you struggle with blur?

Or do you have difficulty with something not on this list?


Let me know!

Your feedback will help me get a better idea of what to write about.

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Thursday 16th of October 2014

I have a point and shoot, and I don't currently take enough photos to warrant a DSLR. All of the questions you mentioned would be interesting, but making my photos more interesting is definitely a struggle for me. In the last year, my husband and I have visited Europe twice. We like to go to museums and walk around cities to see interesting buildings. Then I get home and realize I have a lot of pictures of random buildings (that I often can't even remember) or museum exhibits and not enough pictures that even have us in them. I'd like to make my "everyday" type pictures better and more interesting as well.


Thursday 16th of October 2014

I definitely have trouble with trying to photograph my son since he's basically a tornado. The camera tends to autofocus on the background, since it's not moving, and he's a giant flesh colored blur.

I feel like my pictures tend to be boring too. Maybe because the subject tends to be smack dab in the middle of the picture in all of them? Some tips on spicing things up would be very welcome. :)


Thursday 16th of October 2014

1. Any hints you have for taking better pix with one's smartphone. I find myself doing that a lot because that's what I have with me. (Also it has much faster shutter speed than my point-and-shoot, which matters on aikido testing days.)

2. Time! I have trouble finding time to organize the pix I have.

Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom

Thursday 16th of October 2014

Unless I get lucky, my photos are pretty boring. Is there better angles/lenses that could help?


Wednesday 15th of October 2014

I take photos for foods classes that I teach. There is no natural light, just fluorescent. I'd like to know how to take better photos without natural light. I blog at I'd love your ideas!

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