How to create jaw dropping photography

by Connie E Posted on March 11, 2011

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First tip: Hold your mouth just right…kidding!

I wish I could tell you that achieving a jaw-dropping photo is as easy as picking up your camera and clicking, but honestly, it requires a little homework. As the saying goes, “Good photographers take pictures, Great photographers create images.”

Tip 1 – know your camera
The most important tip I can give you is to know your camera and how to use it. Read the manual, test the features, get in there and explore your camera’s capabilities. Pick it up everyday and shoot a few images.

Tip 2 – have a vision
Read photography magazines. Study the images so you can discover what tones, framing, and poses you like. This way you’ll have a clear vision of what you want to achieve before you shoot. Ask yourself, “What am I trying to convey in this image? “What do I want people to focus on?”

Tip 3 – baby photo shoots
If you plan on photographing babies make sure they have a full belly and are in a warm room so they are comfortable

Tip 4 – flowers
If it’s windy increase your shutter speed to stop the flower’s movement

Tip 5 – weddings
Make sure you have your lighting just right so you don’t BLOW the highlights out on the wedding dress

Tip 6 – RAW
Shooting in RAW gives you a little room for fixing images – in case you don’t get the right exposure. This isn’t a “fix all” but it can help. A RAW image contains minimally processed data from the camera’s image sensor – like a negative in film photography.

To me an image is something that creates a lasting memory, inspires emotion, and ideally instills a sense of awe. With vision, planning and perspiration you’ll soon find yourself no longer taking pictures, but creating images.

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  1. Joey Says:

    Great article Connie! Your images are always jaw-dropping!

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    Great tip once again!

  3. Earl J Says:

    Wonderful and thrilling examples.

  4. rsheedy Says:

    Gorgeous photos, Connie! I love all of them.

  5. BarbaraJ Says:

    Connie as usual, great tips and photos for reference. bj

  6. shannonr Says:

    Connie,
    very nice article, I think your right in saying the most important thing is to know your camera. I LOVE the images you used through this blog, just beautiful.

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  8. kniewohner Says:

    Love it! Although I have to say, I’ve never really gotten into the RAW images. I usually gripe at my husband for loading up all my storage space with 100 jpegs and raws of things like his hunting dog a roadside ditch. Ughhh. I suppose at some point I’ll have to try it out, but where do you store all that and any tips for organization? Thanks again for such great ideas. :)

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I am in love with life, my family and photography. In 2007 while working as a Detective on the Indpls Metro Police Dept., I injured my right shoulder and had to retire. I do believe this was God's way of letting me be a stay home Mommy. It was also at this time I began my passion for photography. I love creating memories and smiles with my photos. I love the challenge of making each photo beautiful. I am a big fan of a narrow depth of field in my photos. On a technical level this is called "Bokeh". I have been a member of Shutterfly since 2006 and a Shutterfly Gallery Guru since 2009. I am also ADDICTED to digital scrapbooking. (YOU MUST TRY) haha. Please stop by my shutterfly share site and take a look around! http://etterscreations1.shutterfly.com/

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