Top Ten Tuesday: Photography Tips of 2012 / by Algernon Parker

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Today's top ten is full of tips for the new year. We should all be looking at this new year as a new beginning. A new creative mind gives you new creative ideas. A new beginning for ideas can help you learn and make you better at your craft. If you are looking for New Years resolutions, you may find a few to add below in todays Top Ten.

  • Buy good glass! I had to learn the hard way that glass matters to your camera. Buying a good lens can help the performance of your camera (tool). I always say, "A better tool makes your job easier."
  • Learn about your camera. Read the book. Know your camera like the back of your hand. The more you know about your camera, the less you are trying to figure out during a shoot. I have noticed when you look like you know what you're doing, the more comfortable your subject will be.
  • Don't trust your LCD! Use your LCD as a guide for your exposure. The LCD will also give you an idea of what your image might look like. The image will probably look different once you get it to your computer.
  • The background matters a lot to your image. Pay close attention to what's in the background when photographing your subject. The background can make or break your image. Anything distracting can take away from your photo.
  • Stay positive! Staying positive is key to everything we do. Your positive attitude will show in the results.
  • Shoot to please yourself and no one else. Shoot whatever pleases you. If you enjoy insects, then shoot insects. If you enjoy the outdoors, then shoot landscape. Shoot what ever makes you happy.
  • Lighting matters. Do not buy those cheap lighting starter kits, save your pennies and invest in a lighting line that can grow with you.
  • Learn to give good critiques. It will help you learn what to look for in your own work.
  • Love your work! You have to love what you do in order to stay creative. If you don't love your work, how can you expect others to love it?
  • Join a photography forum or community. Sometimes, it's easier to learn in groups. Some people may have the same problems that you have. Reading or talking about your craft on a regular basis keeps it fresh. There are many forums or communities online that can be beneficial to your craft. The Digital Photography Era is a new growing community. Check it out... Also on Google+
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Do you have any tips that helped you in 2012? Please share...