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Cheryl's Top Tips For Taking Great Photos

The Martha Stewart Show, July 2008

1. Take vertical and horizontal shots. This gives you more options for displaying the photos.

2. You don't always have To center your subject. Your subject doesn't always have to be perfectly centered. In fact, you may be surprised that you like it better off centered.

3. To capture a silhouette, shoot into the light. The light doesn't always have to be behind you, you can get a totally different picture by shooting into the light.

4. Shoot at same location more than once. Try shooting at the same location at different times of year - it's so beautiful to see how different the same scene can look. It's also great to go shooting at different times of the day.

5. Always carry your camera with you.

More Crafts
Use these tips when you make any of the crafts featured in January 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Special Thanks
Special thanks to Martha's housekeeper in Maine, Cheryl DuLong of Sew Long Designs, for sharing these helpful photography tips.

Comments (7)

  • TeresaH1363 27 Jun, 2011

    You can only take vertical or horizontal photograhs.

  • stephLjones 14 Mar, 2009

    I have discovered that taking a good picture means taking a lot of so-so pictures. I always take multiple shots of a scene....zooming in, backing up, shifting the camera slightly, etc... That way, when I am ready to start printing my pictures I have lots of choices! Since doing this I have many shots that I have enlarged and framed...and have even had requests for copies of some of my pictures!

  • hazen 17 Jul, 2008

    This is a fun idea. For those of you who don't want to deal with the paste, painting, etc, you can also create cards of family folds where you create both sides. From 3-7.

  • softsnows 14 Jul, 2008

    Canon 7.1 megapixel powershot A610 --- search yahoo or google for canon 7.1 megapixel.... fo rmore info....

  • craftynatl 14 Jul, 2008

    Cannon Powershot 7.1 Megapixel

  • mpollock6 14 Jul, 2008

    canon sure shot

  • CraftGeek123 14 Jul, 2008

    Does anyone recall the camera she used to take these amazing photographs?