Guest Post: Photography Tips

I'm excited to introduce you to Jenna. She's a friend of ours and has a great eye for pictures. She's going to be sharing a few tips on how to make your pictures a little better. Please enjoy & welcome her to my blog!

Hi! I'm Jenna Rae. I am an editorial/lifestyle photographer and I love to create eye-catching, emotionally captivating images.

There is a lot that goes into getting an image to look like what you are thinking in your head so I wanted to share just a few tips I have learned along the way to help you take better pictures...

First off, you need a subject; something you love that interests you. For me, I love to photograph people.

Another key element in taking a good photo is lighting. Getting the right exposure is key, that's where your f-stop and shutter speed are super handy in helping you direct the amount of lighting to expose your photo. 

You want to have a main focal point in your photo, a place where you want the viewers eye to go first. Like in the photo below I wanted the girl to be the main thing in focus so I used a low f-stop such as 1.2 or 2.8 to get depth of field, aka blur the background.

Another tool to help you place your subject is the rule of thirds. This is where you divide the image into thirds and the goal is to place your subject in one of the connecting spots. Here's an example for you below:

After you have mastered the rules you can break them for creative purposes... such as I do ALL the time by putting your subject smack dab in the middle of the frame! ( I like the dramatic effect ;) ) 

And last but not least, have fun and experiment with all of the above!!!!! Such as I did in this photo, I busted out my flash as the sun was going down and went as low as I could with my f-stop and let my shutter speed linger so I could get as much light as possible. Hope this gives you a little inspiration to get out there and shoot! 


Visit Jenna at ~


Twitter: @JennaRaeG