Hi I am Amanda Padgett from Everyday Elements where I share photography tutorials and tips and there are few things you can buy there too. I have four children, ages 15 to 7.5. I homeschool all of them (yes, I am slightly crazy). I am not supermom; I fail at many things. I am happily married to a stubborn but loving husband who is very supportive of Everyday Elements.
I live in a large, renovated farm house in the country (in other words we battle mice). I keep sane by photography, reading, my wonderful sisters and prayer to my Lord in Heaven.  My mother (who passed away in 1993) was an amazing amateur photographer and photography was something I thought I’d like to pick up “one day.” After my father died in 2009, I realized if I didn’t make it happen now, that “one day” might never come. So, I bought my first DSLR, the Nikon D60, and began my photography journey! Today I am going to share a photo tip to get you to think outside of the box and see a new perspective!  Come by and say hi and learn more at Everyday Elements!

It is easy to get into a rut with photography. One way to perk things up is to take a photo walk. Not only that, but be determined to try new things and make mistakes.

photo tips bokeh I live in a small town and there is not a large variety of things to shoot on the one-block Main Street. However, by thinking “outside the box” sometimes, I can to capture some interesting shots. My favorite was the one above, where I shot through a vine that was wrapped with white lights, to capture a shot of a fellow photographer.

How I got the shot was to get in close behind the vine, focus my friend and then take the shot.The lights were in the foreground and turned into beautiful little globes of light, i.e. bokeh.

So often the camera you have handy is the camera on your phone, not a DSLR, but you can still look for interesting shots but getting a different perspective. Instagram is full of amazing pictures from those who try new things and take chances.

Anyway, I want to encourage you to look for a different perspective when taking pictures. Yes, sometimes there is only one or two ways to take a shot, but sometimes you can get under, over, in, out, beside, below (and all other kind of good prepositions) and it will take a shot from ho-hum to “oh my gosh, I love that!”

Thanks Cindy for having me. Be sure to stop by Everyday Elements if you want to learn more.

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  1. Thanks for the tip!! I am not a photographer, but need to become one. I crochet photo props and some times have real models to photograph them on! And now I am expanding my business from selling crocheted photo props to renting them and renting other cool photo props I have/find/purchase. Needless to say, I need to learn to photograph!

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