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Like many creative pursuits photography is something absolutely anybody can do, but only a select few will ever excel at. To truly amaze and astound people with your photographs you need to possess the right equipment (or ingenious 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 ), the right mindset, the right subjects (including children Top Tips: How To Take Amazing Digital Photos Of Your Kids Top Tips: How To Take Amazing Digital Photos Of Your Kids While owning the right equipment, and knowing how to use that equipment successfully, can help anyone take good quality photographs, more important is the knowledge of how to take a good shot. Some people are... Read More and pets How To Take Amazing Photos Of Your Pets How To Take Amazing Photos Of Your Pets If you haven't yet experienced the joy of owning a pet then you're missing out on one of life's simple pleasures. While owning a pet isn't a wholly positive experience - especially when they pass... Read More ), and an innate ability to know what works and what doesn’t.

You also need to utilize the knowledge of those already well-versed in photography. As with everything in life, taking the advice of those who have already been there and done that can help you shortcut the usual learning curve. With that in mind we sought to mine the collective experience of the MakeUseOf readership when it comes to photography.

The Results

We asked you, What Are Your Favorite Photography Tips? Unfortunately, few people took part in the discussion, with only a handful of comments having been submitted at the time of writing. Thankfully, those who did submit their favorite photography tips provided some really useful advice that should help anyone reading this article in the future to become better photographers 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 .

With so few comments to draw conclusions from the best we can do is choose a few of the tips mentioned to discuss in more detail…

Find a unique or interesting perspective: At this point in time every subject matter in the world has probably been covered by someone, somewhere. Which means you’ll have to work harder to make your photos stand out from the crowd. One reader suggests always taking a moment or two to think about the photo, and try to engineer a unique or interesting perspective.

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Put yourself in the right place at the right time: The emergence of smartphone photography Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone Smartphone and mobile photography are becoming increasingly popular. And no wonder. Every year, mobile and smartphone cameras get better and better, until many people don’t feel the need to carry real cameras around anymore. While... Read More and citizen journalism has highlighted the importance of being in the right place at the right time. But you can, to a certain degree, help yourself on this score. One reader suggests heading out early — between 7:30am and 9.00am — to capture the essence of local life.

Practice makes perfect: This tip extends to most creative pursuits, and photography is no exception. It’s only by liberally using your camera that you’ll figure out what works for you. You can even do this when you don’t have a camera to hand; one reader suggests practising your composition as you walk around, thinking about the photos you would be taking at such times.

Comment Of The Week

We had great input from the likes of Scott M, ralphvelasco, and annonymousjon, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Eugene, who won with this comment:

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.

We particularly liked this comment because it includes five brilliant tips, all spelled out in very simple and easy-to-understand terms. Tip 2 is especially important for turning average photos into ones that look and feel professional. Tip 5 is an absolute tentpole for those who want to take their photography to the next level.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. dragonmouth
    May 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    While Eugene offers some great advice, points #1,2,3 and 5 are predicated on one very important prerequisite - one must have an "artistic eye".

    Photographers such as Edward Steichen, Ansel Adams or Margaret Burke White could take great pictures with a Kodak Brownie. OTOH, even with the best equipment in the world, I will always be only a snapshot taker. With both of my parents being professional photographers, successful both professionally and artistically, I grew up literally immersed in photography. I have the technical skill and know-how, and I have the determination. I just cannot "see" the picture. A couple of times I have tried to duplicate a famous picture. While the composition and lighting were the same, my pictures were nothing more than snapshots, they lacked that "special something".

    "Dirty" Harry Callahan said that "A man's gotta know his limitations". I do. I let my wife and kids handle the picture taking.

  2. Junil Maharjan
    May 1, 2013 at 5:59 am

    great advices. comment of the week is great.

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