What Can I Photograph?

tucan The great thing about photography is that you can take pictures of almost anything. You can shoot pictures of animals, plants, insects, buildings, cars, people, clouds, rivers, lakes, statues, and pretty much whatever you can think of.

Whenever you photograph something, that object, place, person, or creature is called the "subject".

No matter what you choose to photograph, here are some tips:

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  • Focus on your subject.
  • Practice, practice, practice. You can only get better if you take lots of pictures and if you experiment with different angles, different times of day, different distances, and so on. It is ok to make mistakes. It is the only way to learn and get better.
  • Experiment with different kinds of light. Pictures taken at noon will look very different from pictures taken just as the sun sets.
  • Experiment with placing the subject to the side rather than always in the center of the photo.
  • Make sure you read the sections on photographing movement, using your zoom, and so on.
  • Take many pictures.
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So, what can you photograph? Well, most things will usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Places
  • People
  • Events
  • Things

by Simon James Allanach, edited by Alan Frost
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