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  • Composition – Questions such as which subjects make the best photographs, and which settings to use for each are presented, with example photos. How to best capture a moment is also discussed, so that you will not end up with a blurry photo.

Sharper pictures 

  • Sharper pictures – Exposure settings, and variable factors such as shooting in fog, rain, during the day, or night are presented. How to set you camera for the best picture in each example is discussed.

 Editing Your Images

  • Editing Your Images – Mugge teaches how to use the basic Photoshop editing tools such as cropping, rotating, red eye, contrast, sharpen, and reduce noise, in order to enhance your pictures. He also discusses how to create photographic panoramas.

 How To Use Light

  • How To Use LightGetting the best white balance, the correct ISO to use in different situations, using side and back lighting, and fill flash/reflector are discussed. He also gives tips for taking pictures at sunrise, sunset, and midday.

 Camera Control Use

  • Camera Control Use – Aperture, shutter speed, and focal length are the topics. He shows how to extend the depth of field for your photos, and how to use telephoto and wide-angle lenses.

 Creative Photography Techniques

  • Creative Photography Techniques – In this section, he addresses how to shoot fireworks, waterfalls, car-light streams, infrared photos, reflections, and how to create blurring around the subject, keeping the subject clear and sharp. Using lens filters and high dynamic range photos are also topics.


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  • You can learn how to use any picture file format, learn how to deal with noise, and even learn the most requested special effects in photography.
  • It offers better ways to map images, use templates, and create photographs with almost any professional effect. It also includes many Photoshop CS6 features, and much more.


  • Using the organizer-viewing, tagging, making albums, slide shows, previewing, and its basic functions
  • Photoshop basic editing, resizing and cropping
  • Editing modes – which to use and when, such as quick, guided, or expert and quick fix, special effects in guided mode
  • Layers- using multiple layers, layer blending modes, and layer masks
  • Common photography problems, and tips to fix them such as noise, shadows, contrast, focus, and red eye
  • Selection techniques- rectangle, square, or round, and which to choose
  • Retouching portraits- removing the cosmetic flaws that we do not want viewers of our photographs to see, such as blemishes, dark circles,wrinkles, or reflections in glasses. You can even learn to make a subject look slimmer.
  • Removing unwanted photographic elements- learn to remove objects in a photo, to clean up a scene
  • Panoramas and special photography effects
  • Printing photographs, color management, and workflow from start to finish



  • The great thing about “Photoshop Element 11 Book For The Digital Photographer”, is that you do not have to begin on page 1, and continue until you find the subject that you wanted to learn about. When you have the basics learned, you can go to the contents page, go to that skill, and it is there.
  • The skills are explained in easy steps for you to follow, along with illustrations. Very few digital photography books really show the reader how to do a certain trick or technique, without explaining technical things that you may not want to really learn about. Because of this reason, Elements 11 can be used by beginning and expert photographers alike.
  • Is in a task-oriented format, dealing with common photography problems that the photographer has.
  • It is very comprehensive, and each solution is presented in a very clear way.
  • The photographic illustrations show the reader exactly what the Photoshop screen will look like, instead of the reader having to memorize where each icon in the program is located.


Photoshop Element is like having someone beside you, telling you what to do next in order to achieve the type of photograph that you want.

The book is a wonderful instructor for beginning photographers, and a necessary reference for the intermediate or more experienced photographer.

It is easy to get professional-looking photographs, along with the added special effects.

Book For Digital Photographers, a book for photographers with digital equipment, explains in a simple manner, how to get professional-looking photos.

The book is for both Windows and Mac programs, and teaches exactly how to do the secret tricks of photography, without the technical explanation of the process. It shows you how to organize, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present your photos just like the professionals do.


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 There is something incredibly inspiring and invigorating about creative photography. 

A lot of amateur and inspiring photographers dream of becoming a pro in this particular field, however some argue that being creative is a gift for the few privileged ones. 

The truth is, creativity is an aspect of life and everybody has the power to be well-versed in creative photography. 

In fact, an influential author, Paul Arden once quoted, “Creativity is imagination and imagination is for everyone.” 

The value of imagination is limitless. Creative photographs flow from who you are as a photographer and breathtaking images are fueled by innovative ways of living and thinking.


  • Creative photography is an undeniably exciting type of photography. It is not just about taking photos and allowing the people to view them. It is about discovering new pattern, beauty, color, adventure, life, and a lot more.
  • It awakens your senses to take photos from everywhere with a very artistic feel. The word “Creative” in photography means “Altered Reality.” This means the image must display a different shape, form, color, and even a combination of the three. These photos are a combination or fusion of multiple images. High Dynamic Range images, also known as HDR, that are produced without further changes cannot be categorized as “altered reality.”
  • The unique combination of objects, line, and form makes the photos more creative, apart from the fact that the images are produced based on the photographer’s imaginative ideas and feelings.
  • According to the Northside Creative Photography, an Australian club composed of inspiring creative photographers, this type of photography is known as a continuation of conventional photographs, turning them into creative arts. 
  • It encourages experimentation with fresh ideas and stimulates creative thoughts, going beyond normal photographs. The end result of Creative photography is the own work of the photographer, which includes the original image. Every photo tells a particular story. 
  • One example is 360 180 degrees photography, sounds technical though once shown it is relatively simple.


In creative photography, a certain photo must depart from 

  • Reality and it should be obviously distinct from a scene viewed with the use of camera lens.
  • Any photograph created under Altered Reality must be well done and credible with intrinsic beauty of composition, line, or color.


  • Many plug-ins and filters are available nowadays to help you create beautiful and original effects. Photoshop features artistic filters such as Paint Daubs and Dry Brush in order to create interesting results.
  • You can also make use of Virtual Painter and produce different painting styles. Buzz Simplifier, on the other hand, helps in reducing details for you to come up with a painterly effect. 
  • Another tool you can use is Redfield Fractalius, which offers numerous settings for you to use, including sketch variations. It works in Photoshop Elements and also Corel Paintshop etc.

  • Nowadays, you can take photos like a pro with the help of online tools and software to make the images more appealing and creative
  • One more thing, you do not need to purchase an expensive camera  to produce beautiful and stunning photos. 
  • With your passion and creativity, anything is possible.


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Can you really take photographs that have objects floating around weightlessly in the air?

Levitation photography is a special effect, showing people or objects which seem to be defying gravity. You can make people look as though they are floating in air, climbing walls, or even standing on a ceiling.

Levitation photography, along with an editing program like the Adobe Photoshop, the process creates very convincing photographs.

Creative Idea

  1. Decide what type of levitation photo you would like to create
  2. Choose the subject and setting. 
  3. Some settings or subject poses work better than others, so experimenting with a few is a good idea, if you are just learning to work with this process.

Camera and Manual Settings

  1. Use a camera with manual setting to take pictures of the background that you would like to use. 
  2. Manual settings assure that the film exposure and focus remain constant in each picture, which is important when using the editing process.

The Benefits Of using A Tripod With Levitation Photography

  1. Using a camera tripod keeps the camera steady and pointed in exact same position so that multiple pictures of the same scene can be taken with, and without the levitating subject. 
  2. Tripods save time, and create much more realistic photos after the editing process.

Consistent Lighting 

  1. Try not to alter the light used for each picture, as it will become noticeable in the final photograph after editing. 
  2. The goal is to keep the background in both pictures (background only, and background with the subject) the same, so that the final picture looks realistic.

Take The Pictures

  1. Shoot pictures of your subject in the scene that you have chosen. 
  2. For instance, if you want a person levitating off of the floor, the subject would stand on a box or stool in the scene chosen, and a picture is taken. 
  3. Then the picture of the exact same scene by itself is taken without the subject, using the same manual settings for each.
  4. Never alter the focus or zoom it needs to be the same for the photos when it comes to post editing.

Edit The Pictures Taken

  1. The image of the setting by itself, and the setting with the subject standing on the stool will be combined using Photoshop digital darkroom Layer Mask. 
  2. This editing process will eliminate the stool from the final picture, and your subject will appear to be levitating from the floor.


  • Achieved with post editing
  • You need 2 photo’s
  • One with the subject in it on something like a ladder which is removed in post editing
  • The second photo required is the background minus the subject or props.


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Scanography is an interesting type of digital art that when done correctly creates captivating images

Typically the process involves the recording of digital images via a scanner. The idea of creating scanner inspired art is not new and has evolved in concert with the evolution of scanners in general and various digital editing software.  

When scanners first made their way into the marketplace people were already scanning everyday objects to create interesting and unique forms of art. In more recent times artists have incorporated the use of Photoshop and other digital image editing software to build upon scanned images to create amazing art.


  • To Produce Uniquely Different Artistic Images
  • While some artists may use editing software to simply improve a scanned image, other artists may use this technology to manipulate scanned images to produce uniquely different artistic images. 
  • Another unique aspect of using a scanner to create digital art is that a scanner offers very high resolution and a very “shallow” depth of field.


  • That is Able to Produce Extraordinary Sharpness
  • These unique scanner aspects give artists greater latitude with regard to being creative and creating rare and unusual digital images.
  • In addition, because a scanner has a dedicated light source it is able to produce extraordinary sharpness and remarkable color saturation. Along with these attributes, a scanner is also able to produce unique and interesting shadow effects.


  • In Nature Make Excellent Subjects
  • While the possibilities are virtually unlimited with regard to what can be scanned to create a digital image for artistic purposes, there are several common objects that are often used. 
  • For example, foliage such as fall leaves, fresh or dried flowers, as well as a host of other items found in nature make excellent subjects for scanner type art or scanography.


  • Not to Damage Scanner Equipment
  • Artists using scanners to create scanography inspired art must take special care not to damage scanner equipment.
  • This includes ensuring that glass components are not scratched and that the hinged cover portion of a scanner is not damaged.
  • Other concerns for scanner artists include possible damage from moisture found in various objects that are laid upon the scanner bed.


  • Of Flowers or Leaves
  • While the possibilities for creating art through scanography are almost limitless, collages are a frequent favorite of those who use scanners to create interesting art. 
  • Perhaps one of the most popular themes for scanography is a beautiful collage of flowers or leaves that is carefully positioned on a scanner to take full advantage of the high resolution offered by this electronic device. This really answers the question, what is scanography?


  • Can Explore Digital Imaging Possibilities Scanning Your Face Has Been Done For Years
  • In addition, because scanner technology is highly conducive to creating 3-D type imagery, many artists choose to use scanography to produce unique depth-of-field type art.
  • Art created through the use of a scanner is often so digitally unique that it cannot be duplicated even by an advanced digital camera. 
  • The best part of scanography is that anyone with a basic scanner can explore the digital imaging possibilities of scanner inspired art.

DSLR Camera’s Explained

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When it comes to DSLR photography there should be a few things you should know about it. Lets discuss some things relating to DSLR photography.

DSLR Cameras And SLR Cameras

  • DSLR is is short for Digital single-lens reflex. If a you see a camera that is a DSLR camera, then it is a digital single-lens reflex camera. Sometimes these cameras may be called
  • SLR cameras, which stands for single-lens reflex camera.


  • SLR (Single-lens reflex)
  • DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) cameras do not use traditional film to transfer photos. Instead, the photos are transferred from a memory card. This is the major distinction between the two cameras.

BENEFITS OF USING A  DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera)

  • There are quite a few advantages of using DSLR over SLR cameras. The main advantage is that digital cameras do not use film, so it is much easier to store and transfer photos from one device to another device.
  • Once the photos are on your memory card, you can easily print them out.
  • Another benefit of using a digital camera is that you can actually take some really great photos with them.
  • You don’t even need a high-end, or very expensive digital camera to be able to take great photos, an entry level dslr camera is all that is needed.
  • Digital cameras can also shoot in RAW & RAW+. These are types of image formats. Basically these formats are just what photos are saved as before they are printed, scanned or transferred to your computer for post editing.


If you are a photographer or an aspiring photographer, then you can have the most

  • Basic DSLR camera and be able to take excellent photos.
  • You do not need to have an expensive camera in order to produce high-quality photos.
  • All you need to know is how your camera works.
  • Once you understand your camera’s ISO, shutter speed settings, exposure settings and so forth, you will be able to take photos that will look as if they were taken with a high-end camera that the professionals use.


  • Being able to easily do trick photography and have special effects in your photos, all by knowing which settings to set your digital camera on? Well, you do not need to imagine anymore, because if you are serious about learning how to take excellent photos that will leave anybody viewing them amazed, then you can easily learn the tricks to use to make that happen. Learning how to use your DSLR camera does not have to be a difficult thing to learn.
  • There are many different special effects you can get by simply knowing how your DSLR camera works, and how to get the most of it.Two of these are:
  •  HDR Photography
  • Panorama


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Capture The Entire Scene With 360 x 180 Degree Panorama

Have you ever wished that you could tape some of your photo album pictures together, so that you could get just one big photograph showing the entire scene? 

Panoramic photography creates a picture depicting the wide-angle view of a scene or landscape.

Panoramic camera shots display a 180 degree vertical and 360 degree horizontal view of the scene that you want to capture in film. That is why they are called 360 x 180 degree panorama.

Before the digital age, you had to have expensive cameras and equipment to produce panoramic photographs. It required long hours in a darkroom, overlapping exposures and stitching images together.

Stitching is the process of assembling numerous photographs together, into a complete scene, without any seams. With stitching now completed by using computer software, all that you have to do is take the pictures, and follow the directions.

Digital technology and advances in computer software make panoramic photography much easier, when you follow a few general guidelines.

Using Panorama Mode For 360 x 180 Degree Panorama

If you have a camera with panorama or sometimes called stitch mode on your camera, use it. By using the panorama mode it will help you to line up your pictures more easily with the subsequent computer software to be used. 

This camera mode will also keep the same exposure settings on your shots, so that the picture lighting will remain the same for all pictures, making the software stitching process easier.

If your camera does not come with this mode, don’t panic. A regular DSLR camera works as well, as long as you keep your settings the same for each picture

You will also have to pay more attention to which part of the scene you are shooting, and how much overlapping you have with the previous picture shot.

  • Use Uniform Camera Levels.  

When you take pictures for a panoramic photograph, try to point your camera at the same angle each time you shoot. If you vary the angle greatly, your final panoramic result will look distorted, and the different angled pictures are hard to match up when stitching.

  • Overlap Your Pictures. 

When you shoot multiple pictures for a panoramic photograph, make sure that you have some overlap in each part of the total scene. Usually 15 to 30-percent overlap is safe, and will ensure that there are no gaps in between the scene after stitching. 

  • Shoot Horizontally And Vertically.  

Do not forget that you can not only pan left and right to shoot photographs for a panorama, but also up and down. As long as you remember to overlap, you can get a really tall and wide area covered.

  • Practice.  

Learning how to use the computer software to stitch together your photos may be tedious at first, but with practice, you will learn what you did right, and what needs some improvement. If you are a beginner, and follow these most basic guidelines while taking your pictures, you will at least be on the right track initially.

Positive Points Of Panorama.

  • Panoramic photographs really capture the scene in a very unique way.
  • Instead of showing only one part of your eye’s view, the 360 x 180 degree panorama offers the entire view.
  • It is not necessary to buy an expensive camera, or several different lens attachments to do 360 x 180 degree panorama. 
  • A regular camera can do the job, along with a good software program. It can be fun to create the whole view, and a lot more fun to look at the whole scene, instead of one isolated part.

The True Beauty Of Bokeh Photography

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  • A unique and interesting aspect of photographic art that gains its advantages from the artistic use of blur techniques and other out-of-focus tricks.


  • The meaning of Bokeh itself is derived from a Japanese word that means to simply blur. Bokeh type photography often gets its unique photographic aspects from exploiting various points of light in the background of a focal image. This is one important bokeh photography tips we need to remember.


  • Those wishing to explore the artistic expression made possible through the use of bokeh type photographic techniques should know that this process is relatively easy to do and does not require complex photographic equipment. 


  • However, it is important to note that various types of lenses and apertures can produce a variety of results with regard to bokeh style photography.





  • Generally speaking, bokeh photographic effects are achieved by blurring the surrounding landscape of a focal point in a photograph. 


  • Bokeh photography is usually most effective when the surrounding landscape is comprised of small points of light or various kinds of reflections. Regardless of the light source, bokeh type photography works best when this type of lighting is available. 


  • Creating unique, clever and custom looking photographic art with this blur or haze technique is considered a relatively easy process for most amateur photographers


  • The advantages of using this particular photographic technique include creating more professional looking photographic images and creating artistic expression through photographic images. Another way to create artistic expressions is through light painting photography.



  • Amateur photographers wishing to explore their options with regard to bokeh photography should take the time to learn about the various types of lenses available for bokeh type photography. Some lenses are better at producing bokeh effects than others. 


  • Telephoto type lenses and macro type lenses are especially useful for creating various types of bokeh effects. Regardless of which lens you ultimately use the main objective is to always create a shallow type depth of field in the photograph. For more information about depth of field read the following article depth of field photography tips.


  • This is the basis for bokeh photography and will ultimately determined the quality of  the “blur” or bokeh effect. The main goal of most bokeh type photography is to allow the subject to stand out in sharp contrast to a pleasingly attractive and blurred  background. 


  • The best results are typically achieved where small sources of light exist in the background image



  • Bokeh style photography is without a doubt an aesthetically pleasing type of photography that is created through the clever use of blur techniques. Those new to bokeh type photographic techniques should simply remember that the basis for all bokeh photography is the ability to work with shallow depths of field. It is unique and you there are bokeh photography tips and guidance in trick photography and special effects 2nd edition.


  • In addition, the shape of the lens and the shape of the aperture plays a vital role in producing variations in bokeh photographic effects. To read more about aperture read the following article which explains in more detail about different aspects of photography basics.


  • One consideration when experimenting with bokeh styles of photography is to create this type of photography in such a way that it does not distract from the main focal image. In other words, bokeh photography should be subtle in nature and ultimately add to the overall beauty and appeal of any photographic image.

3D Photography

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Those interested in exploring the amazingly creative effects of 3D photography should know that this is a fun and interesting way to express oneself through photography.  

However, 3D type photography is not for everyone and should be carefully investigated prior to undertaking this type of photographic art. It is also important to note that 3D photography is sometimes referred to as stereoscopy.


  • The most notable advantage of experimenting with 3D photography is that it creates a life like depth illusion as a result of binocular vision techniques. 
  • 3D type photography is usually accomplished through the use of two similar images offset far enough to allow a viewer to see each image separately by each eye. This configuration is designed to trick the brain into perceiving an image as 3D because of the illusion of depth.


  • Because 3D type photography relies largely on the human brain to process an image to create an effect, this type of photography can cause eye strain in some individuals. The strain referred to here would include effects on the eyes as well as the brain.  
  • In a variety of situations 3D viewers can be used to enhance the 3-D viewing experience of both images and motion pictures. 
  • 3D Viewers can be active in that they will contain electronics that enhance the viewing experience, or they can be passive such as in the case of 3-D glasses. Move the Camera Slightly to One Side and Take Another Identical Picture.


 Creating 3D photography with any basic camera can be accomplished by taking photos in the following manner.  

  • First, take one photo as you would normally do, then, move the camera slightly to one side and take another identical picture. 


  • By mounting the pictures for viewing and staring at them with left eye to left photo and right eye to right photo a 3-D effect can be experienced.


  • It is somewhat of a crude method but with a little bit of practice does indeed create a 3-D image for the person viewing the images.



  • When using this method it is important to consider the distance from the object being photographed.


  • For objects that are close by it is only necessary to move the camera a few inches for the second photo, conversely, when an image is further away it requires experimenting with positioning the camera at greater distances for the second photo.

  • This is a fun way to experiment with 3D photography especially considering the fact that no complex or expensive equipment is required.



  • From 3-D motion pictures to a wide range of 3-D images, 3 dimensional imaging has become quite popular in recent years and is expected to become even more mainstream with technological advances that are on the way. 


  • Whether you experience three-dimensional art and imaging through inexpensive plastic glasses, high tech equipment or through your own photographs, 3-D is fun and interesting to explore and to experience.

How To Take Good Pictures

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How To Take Good Pictures Tips

Knowing how to take good pictures is very easy to do if you follow a few simple, basic and straightforward guidelines. 

Perhaps one of the most important things to understand is that it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on expensive photographer equipment to achieve amazing photographic results.

How to take better photo’s simply means using good techniques to achieve the desired results that you are after. Anyone desiring to take better pictures can do so by following these straightforward and practical tips on good photography. 

Always take the time to practice with your camera in achieving the results you wish to achieve and do not become discouraged.

How to take good pictures is really up to you and your desire to experiment and look at using your manual settings. You can take a better photo regardless of the type of camera you own which could be an entry level DSLR or a SLR.  The difference between a DSLR and SLR basically is a DSLR is digital and a SLR is capturing your photo on film.

Persistence and an open mind will allow you to take stunningly attractive photographs with even the most basic camera. Here are several highly useful tips and guidelines for taking quality pictures.

Explore Your Camera’s Owners Manual

  • The cameras owners manual is an obvious good place to start to learn about your camera. Having a good understanding of all buttons, switches and controls on your camera is essential to taking full advantage of your camera’s capabilities.


  • It is also important to understand how a camera’s on-board software works if it has that type of feature. Learning to use zoom functions, shutter functions and other similar camera processes is essential to taking the type of photographs you would like to take.


  • It is also a wise idea to pick up a couple of beginners books on photography. This is a great way to become familiar with the basics of photography and allows you to expand your understanding of various photographic techniques.

Take a Photography Class

  • While the camera’s owner’s manual is essential to understand, and a beginners book on photography is a smart choice, taking a photography class is one of the fastest ways to accelerate your learning curve. Many colleges and universities offer beginners classes on photography.


  • While there is much that can be learned from reading a book on photography, nothing compares to hands-on experience and interaction with a photography instructor. Learning and practicing in a classroom environment can put one on the fast track to becoming a better photographer.


  • There are many subtleties of photographic techniques that can be learned from an instructor that reading a book simply cannot offer.

Always Keep Your Camera Close at Hand

  • Knowing how to take a better photo means always having your camera with you regardless of where you are going. Having your camera handy means always being alert for that next great “photo opportunity.” This strategy also allows you greater opportunities to practice and learn various techniques with your camera.

  • As you become better at how to take good pictures of a wide range of people, objects and scenery you will naturally become more skilled at photography. This is an especially useful technique for those who spend time outdoors. The outdoor environment is unique in that the lighting is constantly in flux and constantly changing. This natural lighting and its variations allows an individual to take dramatic pictures that are simply not possible indoors.

Use a Tripod When Possible

  • The use of a tripod completely eliminates the element of movement and shakiness in photographs. A tripod is also highly useful for panoramic photography and for taking pictures in low light conditions.


  • Long exposure times and other custom photography techniques will typically require the use of a tripod. One tool that works hand-in-hand with a tripod is a remote control designed to allow you to shoot an image without even touching the camera. A tripod will eliminate problems such as blurring and other distortions to photographic images associated with a camera that is shaking or moving in some way. This also helps towards how to take good pictures.

Useful Techniques For Improving the Quality of Your Pictures

  • There are many ways to improve the quality of your photographs and here are just a few additional photo tips to help you along the way. Always try to use the highest resolution that your digital camera allows for when taking your pictures.


  • This technique allows greater latitude when editing your images. Try to use automatic modes on your camera when possible. The use of automatic mode as opposed to manual mode takes full advantage of the camera’s automatic features and functions.


  • This one technique in particular can have you looking like a professional photographer in no time at all. Use ISO speeds that are in a slower range. This technique will reduce noise levels in your pictures. Using a reduced ISO speed will improve your chances of taking better pictures of still objects. Moving objects will still require higher ISO speeds be used.


  • These are just a few examples of some of the basic techniques that anyone can use to improve their ability to take great looking pictures. Always try to maintain a high level of confidence with regard to your progress in learning to take good pictures.


  • Most importantly, always remember that it should be a fun and interesting experience. Exploring various photographic techniques and photo opportunities is an exciting and rewarding experience. Learning how to take good pictures is in your best interest whether you are a professional, beginner or an amateur photographer.