I intend to make these photo tips a regular feature on this blog. So first, let me give you a little background on my photography experience. I have been a photographer, both professionally and semi-professionally, for over 50 years, yes I am an old dude. I like to think that in all those years I have learned a little something – I am self taught for the most part. I have owned a studio and I have worked out of my home, I have photographed more weddings than I care to remember – I have shot graduations, proms, portraits, and chased kids with Easter bunnies. I have survived the ordeal of trying to photograph a screaming kid who was scared to death of Santa. Back in the day, I was even a rodeo photographer. And, I have also worked with female models doing glamour photography. OK now that I have given you my background, let’s dive into the aforementioned “tips.”

Tip #1 – Avoiding Mergers (Simple Rule of Composition)

Taking photos is something that many people do every day. They may do it with a still

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camera, a video camera, or simply use a cell phone but the same rules of composition should be adhered to in order to make a pleasing photo. You will notice that I use the word “make,” not “take,” because you should try your best to construct and “make” or create a pleasing image. So, what is a merger? The answer is simple enough and easy to avoid by simply changing the position of the camera to the subject. Have you ever taken or seen a picture of someone that looked as if they had a telephone pole growing out of their head? Well that my friends is what we call a merger and all the photographer would have to do to avoid it is to change his or her point of view or move the subject – it’s easy to correct, but you have to train yourself to “see” the entire scene. Look at what is behind and in front of the subject, soon it will become second nature to you. New photographers are fortunate that today’s cameras will allow them to take images with near perfect exposure and the like, but until a camera has legs and can change its location, it will still be up to the eye of the photographer to “make” a good photo. I hope this wasn’t too lengthy for you – I have included a photo from the Internet that will give you a simple example of a merger. Keep watching that background and keep shooting. Look for more tips on composition soon. – MVM Images

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