1. If it's red, shoot it!

Gondolas of Venice

2. Look for layers

Iowa Sunset

3.  Take advantage of the beautiful natural light at golden hour (~1 hr before sunset).

4. Look for leading lines or line patterns

1992 Olympic Stadium

5. Patience is a virtue. Try to predict where your moving subject will be and get yourself in the best position for the shot when it comes.

Why did the bison cross the road?

6. Frame the shot with objects which provide context.

7. Rule of Thirds. Imagine the lines of a tic-tac-toe board across the image. Try to place the subject of the photo where the lines intersect.

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8. Focus on the eyes

Sparkling Eyes!

9. Overhead space is dead space! Fill the frame with something other than a white sky.

Will you be my Valentine?

10. Symmetry is pleasing to the eye

"There will always be room for your hands in mine."

11. Rotate your camera vertically about 30 - 40% of the time

Doggies want to kiss, too!

12. Make use of reflections.

Reflections in the Lake

13. Shoot what you love.

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