Photography Tips and Cheats…

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Photography Tips and Cheats…
We all like to take and look at good photos and ActiveRain has many talented photographers. Spring is here and the urge is to grab the camera and start snapping pics to share with our friends. Here's a few tips and cheats that will work with any camera whether it be point-and-shoot or DSLR.

Large display of blossoms on flowering pear ~ Photo by Michael Thornton

What's there not to like about the colorful display and bountiful flora of trees this time of year? While mass displays are great in some instances; sometimes, small, more intimate settings adds beauty and mystique.

Good photos often take time. Don't get in a rush. Study and plan your shot. In the photo below, I chose to use one of the two smaller shoots to photograph. In this instance, I used back-lighting to my advantage by shooting into the darker colors on the pine trees.

Smaller back-lit blossoms ~ Photo by Michael Thornton

I repositioned, zoomed in, framed and took the shot. The result was a smaller bouquet set against a natural dark back drop. A little post production cropping was all I needed to finish the job.

Pear blossoms ~ Photo by Michael Thornton

I hope that you find these tips and cheats helpful. Good luck and good shooting...

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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Michael, and the close up captures the bee at work, something that would have been lost in the grand sweep :)

Mar 22, 2011 01:26 AM #12
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Michael~All of these photos are beautiful and thanks for the tips! What camera and lens did you use for these, if you dont mind me asking?

Mar 22, 2011 01:38 AM #13
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I always say it, but man I wish you were here so I could hire you for all my photography needs!  Thanks for taking the time to give us novices some pointers!

Mar 22, 2011 02:17 AM #14
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Pretty cool my friend,  and talented!  I have to admit, I just never seem to 'see' the shot so I guess I need to slow down.

Mar 22, 2011 02:17 AM #15
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Thank you sir for the help.  Have a great day my friend and keep the tips and cheats coming.

Mar 22, 2011 02:22 AM #16
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
Photo #1 is good, 2 is better.... But 3 is GREAT!!! Thanks for the tips!! Happy Tuesday!
Mar 22, 2011 02:31 AM #17
Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -


Thanks for the tips- since joining AR I now find myself taking more shots of nature and  have found the photograhers here quite helpful.

Mar 22, 2011 03:23 AM #18
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

As usual lovely pictures!

Mar 22, 2011 04:09 AM #19
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

I took a hundred photos yesterday, blooms everywhere....Now that I have your "Tips", I have to start over...Wish me luck!  Thanks Michael, and great shots as always!

Mar 22, 2011 05:16 AM #20
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Good stuff as always.  Makes me want to go get a better camera!!

Mar 22, 2011 05:31 AM #21
Bill Burchard
3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA - Murrieta, CA
Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers

Good morning, Michael. I enjoy reading your tips. The last two photos show off the blossoms, whereas in the first photo, the blossoms are lost amongst themselves. (Too much of a good thing, I guess.) And is that a honey bee inside the blossom on the left in the third photo?

Mar 22, 2011 06:13 AM #22
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Michael,

yes less is more and the way you plan your composition can also make or break the picture :)Also be aware of the background, will it interfere with the photo, does it help the colors pop? or does it blend and make it to busy? Great post and ideas :)

feng shui flower for Spring time on long island ny

Mar 22, 2011 07:00 AM #23
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Great photos Michael and love the busy bee in the shot. Thanks for the great post.


Mar 22, 2011 07:55 AM #24
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

 Your pictures are gorgeous. Your tips on photos are always helpful


Mar 22, 2011 08:05 AM #25
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Michael, you are my source when it comes to great photography tips, and I will heed your tips.

Mar 22, 2011 08:31 AM #26
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Another great photo tip from the King of Photography here in the Rain. Well done my friend. Keep the tips coming.

Mar 22, 2011 12:45 PM #27
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Michael and I must say those are some very bright white flowers you have there on your post, very nice! I will be sending you a email about purchasing another Video Camera, I want to step up into something a little more expensive.

Vegas Bob ;o)

Mar 22, 2011 01:18 PM #28
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Hello Michael: Carl is out planting the garden so thought I would stop by your blog. I really like all your photo's and the how-toss, but I'm a point and shoot person so I'll have to stop by more often to enjoy your photo's.


Mar 22, 2011 02:07 PM #29
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


It seems like you have more than your fair share of photo cheats in your hip pocket.

Mar 22, 2011 04:42 PM #30
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

RhododendrumGood Morning Michael, Your photo blogs are an inspiration. Love the owl, how fortunate you were to be there and catch that shot. Have a great day and thanks.

Mar 23, 2011 01:39 AM #31
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