Sunday, August 26, 2012

List :: 5 Photography Tips from Charisma

Today I'm excited to bring you a guest post from my August featured sponsor, Charisma Moran of Charismatic Concepts! You may remember me introducing her in June and July; she's been sponsoring me all summer long, and I'm super thankful for her support. I'm also grateful for all of the sweet and encouraging comments that you guys write me every day! Be sure to leave some love for Charisma too!

Whether you are just getting into photography or you have been shooting for years, these five helpful hints are important to remember when getting behind the camera.

1. The Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a popular rule among photographers. If you imagine that your image is divided into nine equal parts by two vertical lines and two horizontal lines, your best focal point would be the intersection of these lines.

2. Know When to Break the Rules

There are many rules about composition and lighting in photography. While it is important to know these rules and use them to help you create stunning images, it is equally as important to know when to break them. I shot this image straight on and I threw the rule of thirds out the window. I was very pleased with the results and so was the mother to be.

3. Don't be Afraid to Try to a Different Angle

Angles can be very important in photography. It is important to think outside of the box and try to look at things from a different perspective. Most people think that for a portrait to work, you have to face the subject head on and shoot. In this photo, I had the subject lay down and I shot her upside down. It ended up being one of my favorite images.

4. Always Pay Attention to The In Between

There is always a moment right after you take a photo that something magical will happen. Photographers call this moment The In Between. In this particular picture, I had posed a bride and groom against a beautiful wall covered in greenery. I asked them to kiss for a picture. They did kiss and the picture was beautiful. However, right after they kissed, they pulled back slightly and smiled from ear to ear with their eyes still closed. They were basking in the moment, not knowing that I still had my camera pointed at them. The result was breathtaking.

5. Have fun and Don't Compare Yourself to Others

Amateurs and professionals alike are always comparing themselves to others. If you are picking up a camera, you should be enjoying it. Don't constantly spend all your time comparing your work to someone else's. I think it is very important to be inspired by others but don't fret if it doesn't look like you will become the next Annie Leibovitz. Photography is an art form and there is a style out there for everyone. As long as you are having fun and enjoying your time behind the camera, that is all that matters.

For more helpful tips and tricks come visit me for Photography Friday at Charismatic Concepts!




  1. So many fantastic ideas (some I've heard, but a couple I haven't) Thanks for sharing!
    xo Heather

  2. I absolutely love the photo of the bride and groom! It is beautiful. I like this guest post and love your tips!

    Almost Endearing

  3. Seriously beautiful photos, and I loved the tips!

  4. I love reading photography tips because I'm still working on becoming a better photog for my blog images. So thanks Charisma and Stephanie!

  5. what fun little tips, and beautiful images! going to try these tips out!
    xo TJ

  6. I am so not a photographer so every little bit helps! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Brilliant advise.

  8. Yes, I need help learning how to use lighting and all those settings! I'll visit! -Jess

  9. Thanks for this post, I need all the help I can get with photography.

  10. I really enjoyed by reading your wonderful tips and I always collect knowledge about photography. The small one is looking so cute!


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