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    © Pep Bonet
    © Pep Bonet
    Behind every picture there is a story.
    What makes the story good is a great photo. A great photo comes from experiencing the moment. To truly experience the moment, take a photo with fresh eyes. As a photographer you should look for a new approach, a new way to capture the image. If you read too much about an event or location when you photograph you may subconsciously be photographing someone else's story. The best pictures will come from your experience with the situation... more
     
    © Joe McNally
    © Joe McNally
    Don't be afraid of the shadows!
    Shadows and dark areas lend drama and excitement to a scene, and retain a sense of mystery in your subject matter. One of the most important lessons ever taught to me by the picture editor of LIFE magazine was, "If you want something to look interesting, don't light all of it." Very true. Look for light in the back of a scene that has color and direction, and use it to define the shape of your primary or foreground subjects... more
     
    © Miha Matei
    © Miha Matei
    Context
    Decide whether or not to show the food in context based on the size and appeal of the subject. Here, the blueberries dwarf the muffin, whereas showing the muffin on its own hides how small it actually was in real life. Don't be afraid to cheat a little, in order to get the results that you want... more
     
    © Jeff Hutchens
    © Jeff Hutchens
    Ordinary = Extraordinary
    "Under construction" is usually code for "will not photograph well because of all the heavy machinery and equipment clutter". But even when you think extra clutter will make a place less photogenic, it's usually a matter of reorienting your vision to figure out how to use what's actually there in front of you... more