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Beginners Guide to Photography

By Edited Nov 8, 2015 9 29

Great Photos Begin with Fun



Colorful Bowls

Do you enjoy taking pictures? Think about some of your favorite photographs, what were the circumstances surrounding them?  Perhaps you were on vacation or at a special event. Maybe some of your most cherished photographs are of your family at home. Whatever the circumstance or subject, chances are you’ve probably taken some of your best camera shots while you were having fun. 

Taking an award winning photograph will take a little practice but taking a great photo for fun is easy to do. In addition, some of the best photographs can be of the most unlikely subjects.  A great photo doesn’t have to showcase a person but could be anything. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. From a blade of grass to the sky, anything can make a beautiful image.  The beauty of a photo, as in life, is all in the eye of the photographer/beholder. 

Here are some tips for taking good photographs: 

  • Get down on the level of your subject 
  • Put your subject in front of a plain background 
  • Use a flash outdoors, especially when the sun is behind your subject 
  • Get close to your subject 

Beginners Guide to Photography

The following photographs are some of my personal favorites. I took all of them while having fun, either on vacation, or during a time of relaxation. You can see more photos on my blog "Introspective Pics by DebW07."

Blast of Color
Colorful Bowls 1

These bowls were a recent Christmas gift from my better-half and I just adore these colorful bowls (and him). I enjoy looking at the colorful beauty of these bowls so much that I have them sitting on my kitchen table. 

Colorful Clarinets
Colorful Clarinets

Take photos of unusual items such as these colorful clarinets.

Candy Kisses
Candy Kisses

This proves that you can take a picture of anything and make it interesting. I bought a couple of bags of candy Kisses at an after Easter sale, put them in a candy bowl and noticed how pretty the colors were. I decided to take a close-up of the candies and "voila." 


Hanukkah Candles

Hanukkah Candles
Candles can provide the opportunity to take an interesting photograph. The light of the flame against the darkness is mesmerizing and you can get some beautiful photos from candles. Even when you blow out a candle, try taking a photo of the smoke and see what type of picture you get. 

Snowman Cupcakes

Snowman Cupcakes
When it comes to photographs, my motto is "Take a photo of whatever catches your eye!" Several years ago, when my children were small, we were invited to a Christmas party. We made these cute snowmen cupcakes and I took this photo just prior to the party.

Ziggy Santa

Ziggy Santa
Ziggy is one of my favorite characters and I love taking photos of the little guy with the big heart.



Each evening nature gives us an opportunity to take a stunning photograph. The beauty of a sunset is so inspiring that taking a photo seems like a natural thing to do. I have taken several sunset photos from several locations; this is one of my favorites. Also, if you are going to take a photo of a subject in front of a sunset, be sure to use a flash.


Sitting by a pond, listening to the tranquil sounds and gazing at the water can be a soothing experience. You can take several beautiful photos, such as the reflection of the sunlight hitting the pond.


Cloud figures change rapidly, their appearance can transform within a period of seconds. When you see a form that appeals to your eye, take your camera out fast and snap some photos. 


The beauty of trees can be seen in several shapes, sizes, and colors and they are everywhere. Take several photos of your favorite trees from different angles and you may come up with some interesting snapshots. 

Stunning Environment

When you come across something that takes your breath away, take a photo of it. This photo was taken while my husband and I were on vacation, taking a walk. It was a breezy day and the whistling sound was so soothing.


Nature gives us so many opportunities for gorgeous photos, and flowers are one of the best ways to take a beautiful photograph. The colors, textures, shapes and sizes of flowers are all interesting subjects. Take different types of photos of the same flower, go far and near and then take photos of ladybugs, bees, or anything else that may be resting on the flower. 

The Ocean

The ocean offers an ideal subject for exquisite photographs. I personally have several photos of the ocean and no two are identical. Also, no matter how many photos I take of the ocean, every time I visit the sea, I take more. 

Whimsical and Fun 


Is your glass half full or half empty? This photo was not planned; I took it while I was sitting in the lobby of a hotel waiting for my husband. I noticed my glass of water and thought, "I wonder what type of photo this would make," and then I snapped this photograph. 

Giant Lego Hagrid
Lego Hagrid

At the height of the Harry Potter frenzy, Legoland in San Diego had several Harry Potter characters throughout the park, all made from legos. I snapped this photo of Hagrid with my youngest daughter (I blacked her out of the photo specifically for this article because she prefers to remain anonymous). 

Deb's Ziggy Cake

Taking photos of cakes can yield amusing and fun photos. While I tend not to order elaborate cakes, I make sure to personalize simple cakes. This "Ziggy" cake combines my favorite cake flavor with my favorite comic strip character.


Madea Cake
Seeing a person's reaction to a personalized cake gives me such a kick, and the reaction to this "Madea" cake was priceless. 


One year while on vacation, our family discovered a quaint sculpture garden. To me, this was the equivalent of a photographer's paradise, and I snapped a lot of photographs. I have several cherished photos of this whimsical sculpture garden but this is my very favorite. 

 Find More on Introspective Pics by DebW07

These pictures are just a few I've taken over the years and I have lots of albums full of my favorite photographs. While I don't claim to be the best or even close to the best photographer, I have fun and love all my photos. I also use several of them in many of my articles and in my blog.

To see more of my photos take a look at my website "Introspective Pics by DebW07."

*All the photographs in this article are the property of Introspective Pics. No photo may be copied or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner. ©Introspective Pics.  


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May 10, 2012 4:46am
I'm no expert but I like your pics. I especially like the glass and "stunning environment". Thanks for sharing them, and for the advice.
May 10, 2012 3:35pm
Thanks Dave, I appreciate the kind comments and I'm happy you like the photos.
May 10, 2012 5:04am
Your article have some great tips, and some SUPER photos. I love the Sunset, the Pond. and the Stunning Environment. Thumbs up!
May 10, 2012 3:37pm
Thank you so much askformore, I appreciate the comment and the "Thumbs-up."
May 10, 2012 10:07pm
I love these photos...YOU ARE SO TALENTED..and you have a great sense of humor to boot. I really liked the Madea cake pic.
May 10, 2012 10:40pm
Thank you so much, I appreciate your comment!
May 10, 2012 10:09pm
oh gosh..i didn't mean to post that many times can you delete last 7.
May 10, 2012 10:41pm
Done; there's some type of bug with the comments. Thanks again!
May 19, 2012 1:09pm
What a fun article that also offers many helpful tips. Your pictures are so imaginative, and very impressive. Have you taken classes, or developed your talent yourself? Good Job! Thumbs Up!
May 21, 2012 9:19am
Thank you SG09! Nope, no classes, I've just always enjoyed taking photos. I appreciate your kind words and the "Thumbs Up."
May 19, 2012 4:17pm
These photos are spectacular!! What a delightful article.
May 21, 2012 9:20am
Thanks so much Deb!
May 24, 2012 11:37am
You've taken some gorgeous photos and some fun ones too! I like the water glass and that there was no particular purpose in taking that picture. Sometimes we don't see all the lens does and when we take a look at the photo we're surprised. The clouds are an unexpected element in the water glass picture and one the reasons it's so interesting. I'm so happy to live in the age of digital cameras. I shoot everything, because I can always trash it if I don't like it. Wonderful article and photos!
May 24, 2012 2:13pm
Yes, digital cameras are fantastic, they've made taking photos so much easier. Thanks so much diva, I truly appreciate your kind comments!
May 27, 2012 10:44pm
Terrific pictures thats for sure. I hated taking photos but now I love it and put a lot of mine on Redgage to earn more money too. Good ideas.
May 28, 2012 9:23pm
Thanks so much eileen! Redgage sounds interesting; I'll have to look into it (I've got tons of photos).
Jun 3, 2012 3:56am
I love the photos, they are really beautiful.
Jun 3, 2012 4:54pm
Thank you so much, tkmcdonald. I appreciate the comment!
Jun 3, 2012 9:05am
I'm generally a terrible photographer but I'll definitely put these tips into practice. Thanks for the great advice.
Jun 3, 2012 4:55pm
Good luck and thanks for the comment, jjhansen!
Jun 3, 2012 7:10pm
I love the way you capture the beautiful scenery. You truly have the skills for it. What type of camera did you use for those pictures?
Jun 4, 2012 1:10pm
I've be using a Canon Power Shot SD960-IS for the last few years. Thanks for the comment, wilbart26.
Jun 4, 2012 8:55am
I liked the Sunset and Flower photos! Great work and ideas!
Jun 4, 2012 1:11pm
Thanks so much, cougar8806!
Jun 6, 2012 7:28am
Congratulations on making the front page! Well deserved!
Jun 6, 2012 4:59pm
Thank you very much, divaonline!!
Jul 6, 2012 2:22pm
great display of photos and good tips, thanks!
Jul 8, 2012 9:26pm
Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it!
Oct 2, 2014 10:55am
Wow, what a great article, informative and fun. Well done and so two thumbs up and a rating.
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