Review of basic photography techniques


One of the best books I have on photography, and I have many, is a book titled “Picture Perfect Practice” written by renowned wedding photographer, Roberto Valenzuela. In that book Mr. Valenzuela’s narrative takes the reader through a step by step tour of his ideas about composition. He begins by directing attention to identifying the geometry in our environment and shares his ideas about why symmetrical compositions tend to capture and involve the viewer. He points out that basic geometry such as rectangles, circles, and triangles provide a familiarity that our brains recognize. Using these elements in our photographic compositions, along with symmetry and balance, creates interesting images that are pleasing to the viewer. I recommend this book. Visit Roberto’s website here

Before you can even think about composition, you have to become one with your camera. DSLR’s are so technologically enhanced that they can be intimidating to a newbie shutter bug. Hell, they intimidate seasoned photogs! It takes a good year of passionate bonding with your camera to really understand what it can do. This doesn’t guarantee you will remember everything you need to remember about your camera settings for every shoot.  Thank goodness for cheat sheets. I found these free downloadable cheat sheets floating around the web. Enjoy and Soar!


The Golden Mean

Aperture and Shutter Speed.


Another version

Quick Reference

This link takes you to a website that has a great tutorial on Depth of Field. Check it out.



This weekend I took my two granddaughters with me on a photo shoot for a friend. I left the girls in charge of watching the equipment for me while I ran to meet the group I was photographing. I was gone about ten minutes. When I returned I found that Mallory had taken her place behind the lens and Ella took her place in front of the lens. These are the images the girls created. Good job Mal Gal! Good Job Ella Bella!

These are my images.

The girls are a tough act to follow!