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Photography is an art form and pastime anyone can participate in. You can buy a cheap disposable camera, point it at random things, and be a photographer of sorts. But to be a really good photographer, one whose photographs demand to be studied for more than a few seconds, takes skill, determination, an eye for detail, and the right equipment. Though on that last point there are some ingenious camera hacks 8 Useful Digital Camera Hacks That Don't Cost The Earth 8 Useful Digital Camera Hacks That Don't Cost The Earth You can actually get more out of a photograph with a cheap homemade reflector than an expensive lens when you are on the learning curve with your camera. The good thing is that the photography... Read More that don’t cost the Earth.

Many of us here at MakeUseOf partake in photography, shooting anything and everything. Some of our photographs are good enough to become desktop wallpapers From Us To You: 6 Beautiful, Original Wallpapers By MakeUseOf Authors From Us To You: 6 Beautiful, Original Wallpapers By MakeUseOf Authors Every now and then, I write a wallpaper column. I usually pick a theme and go scour the Web in search of talented artists who have created beautiful wallpapers around that theme. And one of... Read More , but we all, from time to time, shoot dodgy digital photos that should never be deleted Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion] Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion] The digital age we're now living in has changed our ideas of ownership and copyright. For better or worse. It's also changed the way we do various things. In the field of photography moving to... Read More . So it’s your turn to help us (and your fellow MakeUsOf readers) become better photographers.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Are Your Favorite Photography Tips? They could be ones you have heard about here on MakeUseOf, on another website, from a family member or friend, or from a professional photographer. If it resonated with you then pass it on to us so we can all share in the secrets of how to be a better photographer The Top 5 Photography Tips For Absolute Beginners The Top 5 Photography Tips For Absolute Beginners Fueled by a desire to take better photos, last year I got myself a nice DSLR for Christmas. I'm certainly no photography expert - but I did take the time learn a few tips I... Read More .

It could be a hardware tip, or one related to the use of flash. It could be a tip related to a simple point-and-shoot compact, or one more suited for those with digital SLR cameras. It could be a tip for taking photos of a particular subject, such as landscapes or people, or one related to processing the photos once they’ve been taken.

As stated in the opening, everyone can take photographs, but only the best can call themselves photographers. Let’s use this community we have built at MakeUseOf to pool our collective knowledge and all become better photographers as a result.

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Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Eugene
    April 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    1. Practice your composition in your mind everywhere you go.
    2. Look for natural frames.
    3. Know the rules just to bend it.
    4. Use a film camera once in a while.
    5. Let your shot tell the story.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Nice tips! I particularly like 2 and 5.

  2. annonymousjon
    April 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    1. If you're not passionate about the subject, then don't take the picture. The best pictures come from what you're truly passionate for.
    2. Don't have a mentality of what you want the picture to look like. Look through the viewfinder and determine then what would make the best picture. This will give you pictures a creativity aspect.
    3. If you can't tell what the subject and background is on the picture, then retake the picture with a better focus on one or the other.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Nice tips :) Number two definitely helps separate amateurs from professionals.

  3. Harish Anim
    April 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    the best camera is the one that you have with you, it may not seem like a tip but for starters this is a huge tip! it's also a book by the awesome chase jarvis

    • Dave Parrack
      April 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      That's very true. Some of the photographs released these days are of the moment but not shot with the best equipment.

  4. ralphvelasco
    April 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    It's my feeling that 75 percent of good photography is simply making effort to put yourself in the right place at the right time. Seventy-five percent of the job is done if you'll just get out at the right time of day, which for me is earlier in the morning, and this isn't only because of the "golden hour," which is obvious, but also because, depending on where you're shooting, that's when it's the locals on their way to work and the kids on their way to school...those are the people I want in my images, not the tourists; there are less bugs out; typically it's cooler in the morning in hot destinations; traffic is lighter and so locations are easier to get to if you're driving; and often that's when animals are active and easier to photograph. And for urban photography I'm not talking sunrise, but maybe 7:30 to 9:00 am, when the locals are out and about, not so early that you find completely empty streets. Patrick Symmes says, "If you don't like getting up early, then be a writer." Here's a link to a blog post I put up about this: http://ralphvelasco.com/blog/photo-tips-right-place-right-time/

    • Dave Parrack
      April 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      “If you don’t like getting up early, then be a writer.” That might explain why I'm a better writer than I am a photographer ;)

      • Ralph Velasco
        April 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        C'mon, Dave, you can get up before 9 am, can't you!!?? Hint: Come back to the hotel and take a nap at noon, when the light and tourist crowds are at their worst.

  5. Scott M
    April 25, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I try to always ask myself this question if I am unsure about whether a shot will be unique and interesting.Has anyone else thought of a shot like this before and if they have,how can I make it different or improve on it.This is obviously not a good method for street photography,sports action shots or happening news events but sometimes when I'm composing pretty landscapes or portraits I find it makes me look for that little bit extra that makes the shot go above that of a snap.My favourite is when Karsh was taking the iconic photo of Churchill.He wasn't getting anything but a staged photo so he yanked the cigar out his mouth and ended up with the capture of Churchill showing his strength of personality and became a signature of the man and showing what appeared to be the steely resolve that he maintained through the dark days of WWll.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      I like that approach. It's insanely difficult to find a new angle or spin that hasn't been seen before. I always like to try and make my photographs interesting or stand out in some way though.

  6. macwitty
    April 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Get closer and then, get even closer

    • Dave Parrack
      April 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      As long as your equipment can cope with macro shots, then definitely :)

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