- Take pictures on a sunny day. Natural sunlight doesn’t skew colors the way artificial light sometimes does.
- If you have to take photos without natural sunlight, use a flash. Otherwise your photos may appear too yellow.
- Light colored backgrounds often work best. I use an ivory wall in my living room, a light oak TV tray and my ivory living room carpet as backgrounds.
- If you are taking pictures of food, have a helper on hand. No, the food doesn’t tend to misbehave but pets do not listen when you tell them to stay out of the shot.
- Take more photos than you think you will need. This is the beauty of digital — you aren’t paying for the film. Take a shot from a slight distance. Then take a couple of closeups. Take one with the flash just in case.
- If you have to take a photo of something that can move (animals and children especially), plan on taking lots and lots of extras. I had to take photos of horses for an article and was astonished when I got home by all of the truly bizarre pictures I had captured. Funny but not salable.
- I am by no means a professional photographer but these are some of the things that have worked for me.