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Monday, June 24, 2013

Photo Tips from Adventurecon #13

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Happy Monday Brainiacs! I hope everyone enjoyed their lovely weekend! I mentioned on an earlier post that I've been trying to make the most of my summer by using up my vacation time that needs to be depleted by August 31st. Since I am a new blogger, I wanted to see if there were any blog conferences that were nearby. I got lucky and found one right in my backyard - Enter ADVENTURECON! 

ADVENTURECON was put together in partnership with Sea World San Antonio and the Wildside Bloggers. It was 2 days worth of awesome blogger information and most importantly, the whole family was invited to enjoy the park too! Who can beat that? 

While in attendance, I was able to pick up some great tips to become a better blogger. I am not the best photogrpaher ever. You can ask my husband and he'll comfirm that. However, after hanging out with Nan Palmero, I think I can take some decent pics! Check these out:









See? All taken from my iPhone because Nan is the man! So, let me share with you what I've learned by taking pics with my iPhone:


  • The rule of 3rds - Use the grid on your phone so that you can dissect the picture in 3rds. Look around the picture you don't like and crop! Voila!! New picture :). I did most of the dolphin ones like this because they moved around too much. LOL!!
  • Don't take a picture of your subject in the middle. The general rule of not centering your subject is time-honored, and comes from one basic idea: the center of an image is a stable, straightforward place. When you put something there visually, it stays there visually, usually resulting in a static composition. You will notice some of the great pictures are not centered for this very reason. 
  • Get close to the subject. Don't be afraid to do this. Getting close gives you the best pictures. Never zoom in. Pictures come out funny that way. Again, use crop! Cropping will be your best friend! 
  • Avoid bright backgrounds. Keep in mind, your subject. You're not taking a picture of the background. You're taking a picture of the subject. 
  • Which leads to lighting. Lighting is very, very important. You don't want the lighting in back of the subject. You want enough lighting in front of the subject or at least surrounding the subject in order to take a decent picture. Natural lighting seems to be the best! 
  • Quantity is the best. Take lots of pictures of the same subject. Within those pictures, you'll be able to find the best one. Especially if the subject is moving around! 

Hope these help out especially if you're like me, a terrible photo taker! Happy Picture Taking!!


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19 comments :

  1. Great tips and love how your pictures came out, especially the dolphin :)

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    1. Thanks, Janine! If you've seen the previous pics you'd laugh! Everything was crooked, used the zoom too muxh, bad lighting, etc. I'm so happy to have met with Nan that day to take decent shots :).

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  2. Your pictures came out great! I'll have to remember those tips : )

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I have to admit Nan is an awesome teacher! I really am not that good in taking pics. Usually blurry or parts are cut off, etc. Glad to have gotten the lesson from the conference :)

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  3. Wonderful tips and awesome sounding vacation! Of course, it doesn't get any better than dolphins, they are such beautiful and intelligent animals.
    After my stint as photographer for our church's Vacation Bible School, I have been thinking about putting some more effort into taking pics. Thanks for another amazing weekend hop!

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    1. Hi Stacey,

      Thanks a million! Still not done with "vacation". I have about 2 months to figure out how to burn 67 hours of time. Think I might end up in Houston for the weekend. Let's see! Hopefully I can take nicer pictures again. LOL!

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  4. Wow thanks for the tips hun and on top of that you and the family had fun. Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment on my post. Keep up the great work

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    1. Hi Trina,

      Thanks so much! Loved your blog and how you did the Cleopatra make over. I thought that was awesome!

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  5. That sounds like such a fun way to connect with other bloggers. You photos turned out great!

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    1. Hi Pam,

      Thank you! This was an awesome way to meet bloggers in person :). I'm looking forward to more conferences in my backyard!

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  6. Some new tips for me. Love it. And the water show pictures are wonderful. Need to practice that myself!

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    1. Hey Melissa,

      Thanks a million! I am such a terrible photo taker! Glad I was able to "listen" and hone in on what Nan taught that day. I didn't want to disappoint the teacher. LOL!

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  7. Hi Jessica! It was lovely meeting you and finding a fellow Filipino at the conference. Your photos turned out great! Thanks for these tips!

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    1. Hey there!

      Kamusta! Thank you!! I look forward to reading up on some of your tips too :)

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  8. Oops it's me, Cris fron myfashionjuice.com. :)

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    1. LOL!! Salamat sa comments :). It was awesome to meet a fellow kababayan there too!

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  9. Nan was awesome, and so many readers etc. will be helped by his tips. I always have to remind myself about the rule of thirds! Nice meeting you at AdventureCon. Kristin with SurfandSunshine

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    1. Hi Kristin,

      it was a pleasure meeting you too! he was a great teacher! So happy to have meeet him and everyone at the conference that weekend! Hope to see you again soon :)

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  10. Thank you for coming out and being part of the team! Well done on your photos and I'm so glad our time together was valuable. If any of your readers have questions, here are all the places to hunt me down - http://about.me/nan

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