Photography Tips: How to Take a Great Photo
Tips for perfect photos
Some great tips to get the perfect photo every time

The first experience with a lens can be a little daunting -- especially if you've been commissioned to play the role of, say, "amateur photographer" at your important (and, perhaps, embarrassingly awkward) family reunion. Ever wonder how some folks simply seem to possess that mystical gift when it comes to snapping pics? Well, we're about to show you some basic tricks of the trade. This tip brought to you by  GE Signs Photography.

Get Right with the Light

When it comes to taking pictures, catching the perfect lighting is absolutely essential. You'll want to make sure that the ones being photographed are away from the sun's glare as much as possible. If it's a sunny day outside, try scoping out a little shade. 

The experts at BetterPhoto.com encourage photographers to really connect with the lighting and find unique and interesting (and even unexpected) ways to wield it to their advantage. After all, lighting is such a powerful tool used to evoke a mood or emotional response. So start positioning and experimenting in order to produce the effect you're seeking. This tip brought to you by Sharp Photography.

Master the Basics of your Camera:

Jim Fisher, a digital media expert at PC.com, provides a concise rundown of some camera essentials that are crucial to the development of a great picture. First, Fisher encourages individuals to use a "rule of thirds" that involves separating the frame of the camera into nine parts, or squares, and to then line up the subject with this grid so that it will meet at the connecting points and encompass the boxes. This helps with centering the subject of the photo, which will, in turn, give your photo a more professional vibe. 

Fisher also explains that the mode of the picture should be adjusted up or down in order to give the ideal amount of contrast (lightness or darkness) as well as the intensity of the white balance; a lack of balance will prove extremely detrimental to the photo's overall quality. Basically, it is a matter of much experimentation with modes in order to create the most desirable effect and to avoid relying on automatic settings (since these can self-adjust in ways that will produce less-than-stellar photographs). This tip brought to you by Resgroup Photography.

Play around with Point of View

James Bruce, a contributor of MakeUseOf.com, encourages photographers to play with their points of view. In other words, they should attempt to snap photographs from unique and unexpected angles to promote curiosity within the spectator. 

Bruce cleverly provides two personal pictures of his dog, Loki, in order to illustrate this difference. In the "before" pic, Loki is photographedsentially, a much nobler animal since his nose now disdainfully touches the sky. Indeed, much of the "magic" of photography is a matter of perspective -- of experimenting with light and placement in hopes of creating a stunning piece of visual artistry. This tip brought to you by Time Convention Photography.