Photography helps you to capture moments. 
You can inspire others, make them laugh or cry, present information’s and much more. Photography is one of the most precious inventions of the 20th century. Note: A photo is only as good as the photographer. You can achieve great results even with simple means and equipment.

Art is in the eye of the beholder.
ou are creator and observer at the same time. You take pictures and review them afterwards. Both acts can be immensely satisfying. This is what it is primarily about. To have fun by shooting photos. If you wow others as well, you are doing a good deed. For you and your environment. Build up on your talents and help others to discover their potentials. Photography is a showcase example of looking, applying, and learning.

First some tips and then the request for your to switch into active gear.
Equipment: Which camera suits you and your requirements best?
Need: This depends on what you want to use it. In addition, where and how often you take pictures. My credo is: Everything I use often needs to be high quality. Cameras only need a few functions. Yet they should be robust and first-class. Essential is the quality of the objective lens. If you only take photos casually, you might get away with a compact cam or even your smartphone.
Purchase: High-quality photo cameras can be costly. Instead of throwing your money out the window, seek comprehensive consultancy. Grab your shortlist and visit a specialized dealer. Inform the sales clerk about your photographic ambitions and show your short list. Then listen carefully what he says and recommends you to buy. Hold the cameras in your hand. Take some snapshots. Neither too small, big, light nor heavy. You need to have a good haptic feeling.
Taking Photos: The difference between a snapshot and a good photo is whether you think before you shoot. You have to get a feeling for the situation. The observer should recognize your message in the picture.
Motive: Always get close to your motive. There is no reason for false modesty. The right perspective is essential for a good photo. Fewer objects are better. Your main motive can take most part of the picture. Place it always slightly to the left or right. Centralized objects are being perceived as boring.
Background: A good background upgrades your picture. Focus on quite scenes with discreet colors, simple patterns and few details. Often you just have to slightly change the perspective. If you make the background fuzzy and thus fade away, the motive will visually step into the foreground of the picture.
Format: If you shoot landscapes, apply the 1/3 or 2/3 rule. Just split the picture horizontally into three equally sized parts. 2/3 landscape and 1/3 many observers find harmonic. 2/3 heaven and 1/3 landscape usually vital. Leverage different layers. Going into squat position enables, you to have blades of grass extend into the foreground. Always hold the camera to align the format to the motive. Shoot a tower in panel format. Just try it!
Colors: Ideally have 2-3 colors on your picture. Unless you want to display colorfulness. Colors should be in harmony as well. Make sure that the foreground and background differ in colors. The more light sheds on your motive, the more saturated, and shiny the colors. The effect gets stronger with a dark background.
Exposure: The intensity of light determines the exposure time. Back light causes motives in the foreground to be underexposed. Light is the most important part in photography. Hence, it pays off to consider the angle of light incidence and its intensity. Twilight is the best time for outdoor shootings. The sun stays in a slanting angle. Therefore, colors are most intense. Also, work with shades of black and the twilight.
Post Processing: So the photos are made. What happens next?
Fine-tuning: Firstly, save the pictures outside your cam. In the second step, carefully review the photos one after the other to make a (pre-)selection. Then start to optimize them technically. This is indispensable in commercial photography. There are countless photo editing programs. Some are simple. Others fancy. The choice depends on your photographic goals and available budget. Run a final selection and create a back up of your favorites.
Others’ Perception: Finally, you can discuss your pictures with your family, friends, or acquaintances. Alternatively or additionally, ask for feedback on internet portals. You will receive suggestions from other people and know what you can improve next time. Apropos: You can make photography your profession. The market is highly competitive nowadays but quality will prevail. Potential buyers are picture agencies; print and online companies as well as private customers. On your journey through the continent career & financials, you will learn how to become successful professionally – also as a photographer.
Photography is more an art than a science. It a function of talent and experience. Latter you want to make going forward.
Go out and take pictures. Before that, briefly document the status quo. Use the Photo Template. Why do you take photos now? What do you shoot why and how?
In the next step, define the target state. Why do you want to take pictures? In particular: What how and with which camera?
Finally, it is all about improvement. How can you accomplish the target state? Identify actions with realistic due dates.
Finally yet importantly, hang in there.
The more often you take pictures the better you get and the more fun it is. Therefore, you will complete all improvement actions in the predefined timeframes. Also, review and update the Photo Template on an annual basis. Photography is an act of creation. Use this fabulous medium to express yourself and get in touch with your creativity.


“Why should I run into a specialized store? My favorite cam has been rated consistently good and passed all test successfully.” Good for you. Yet hold it in your hands and take some snapshots upfront. This is essential for a smart buy. Take your time. Also for a one-on-one consultation. It is worth it.
Rookie Mistakes
Many people take pictures from a huge distance. They discover it often afterwards when it is too late. Best case they select the motive, enlarge, and carve it out afterwards. Unfortunately, they pay for it with poor picture quality. The
Picture Inflation
Some folks shoot like world champions. We all praise the digital photography. The costs per picture have been nudged towards zero. On external devices, pictures stack up to terabytes, which went through neither a selection nor an editing process. Be smart. Take fewer pictures but thoughtfully. Take your time to review and select your favorites. Like all unused things, they are congealed energy in your life. Create space. Make it flow. This ensures positive transformations.

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