What Makes a Photo Better than a Snapshot

Last issue, I asked you to share what you do to make your photos better than snapshots on the Breakfast StockClub Facebook page.

A lot of readers responded with fantastic tips! Here’s what they said...

From Phill Danze: Compose using rule of thirds & think about depth of field.

From Teresa Kauffmann: Fill the frame

From Kathleen Uhlmann: Get in close -- then get in CLOSER!!! :) Thanks Shelly!!

From Riley Caton: Visualize what I intend to shoot ahead of time...

From Lynn Allen-Michels: Get my camera out of the case and take them ;)

From Walden Barney: Shoot a LOT of different views, from many different views/perspectives. Often the shots I thought would be incredible turn out really mediocre, and some of the ones I assumed would just be "along for the ride" turn out to be really incredible shots. The more shots you take, the greater the probability that some of them will end up being exceptional.

From Rebecca Bailey: Be aware of shadows, and rule of thirds (I am now even critiquing the covers of Maxim, etc!)

From Walden Barney: Look at your pics after you shoot them... then if something is glaringly wrong, you can still shoot again, before you leave the location. If you wait until you're home from vacation or something like that, and THEN you discover that an image you had high hopes for has a problem, YOU'RE OUT OF LUCK at that point (unless you want to make the trip again!)

From Donna Barr: I meter the conditions to make sure I have enough light to prevent camera shake and/or subject movement. A tripod solves the problem with still objects. I hate using high ISO's but sometimes it's the last resort with moving subjects.

From Margie Livelli: Pray... lol

From Joy Ciaccio: Fill the frame with your subject; i.e., macro shots

These comments are great! I’m excited to see so many good stock photo tips in here. It means that we’re all learning and getting better as we go.

Here are my favorite tips, pulled out of the comments above:

•    Fill the frame with your subject
•    Use the Rule of Thirds
•    Work the shot
•    Watch for shadows
•    Look at your photos as you shoot
•    Make sure you have enough light
•    Use a tripod or a higher ISO when shooting in low light
•    Think about depth of field

One big tip that I didn’t see in there was focus. So I’ll add that one:
•    Make sure to get good, sharp focus on your subject

Next issue, I’ll send you some tricks that make it easier to get good focus when you’re shooting objects up close.

Premium Members -- I posted a video on how it’s done on your Breakfast Stock Club Premium Member Page at MyTravelPrograms.com.

[Editor’s Note: Learn more about how you can turn your pictures into cash in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.  Sign up here today and we’ll send you a new report, Selling Photos for Cash: A Quick-Start Guide, completely FREE.]

Your Weekly Breakfast Dish
The latest from your Breakfast StockClub Facebook Page

Another reader succes! This one, from Thanasis Pagonas, who said: Hello everyone, my 3 samples just approved in iStockphoto after a few attempts and I just started upload my photos.

Nice job Thanasis -- let us know how it goes with iStock!