Add flair to your photos

This series is geared toward people who would like to improve their photo-taking skills, learn some beginner to intermediate basics about photography, lighting, composition, exposure, tips ‘n tricks, and maybe even have a laugh or two (hopefully not at my expense!).

If you’d like to have your question posted and answered here, please email me at for consideration. I’ll include your first name only, unless you’d prefer to be listed as “Anonymous.” None of your personal information will be posted or used in any way (such as full name, email address, etc.). Due to time constraints, I’m unable to personally answer questions by return email, so check back regularly to see if your question has been published. (I’ll try to remember to send you an email to let you know it’s posted.) And remember: No question is stupid, and if you have that question, chances are that others do too, so please don’t hesitate to ask!

First article: Let’s Get Started!

Memories. Fun. Creativity. Beauty. There are so many reasons to grab your camera and capture the moment. But ask yourself this: Do you want your images to really stand out, to look more spectacular than how your digital camera processes them? Do you want to freeze the action when your Little Leaguer slams that line drive between second and shortstop? Or “slow” the motion of waterfalls for that silky look, or make the background behind flowers and people fall softly out of focus so that your main subjects “pop”?

George Childs Park, Pa.If you keep your camera in full auto mode, you’ll have no such control. If your camera has them, “scene” modes can help, but for that “wow factor” that makes your photos unique, stand out, and look the way you really want them to look, then read this blog regularly – I add new articles as often as I can.

I’m going to focus – pardon the pun – on digital cameras and basic photography and composition skills, and how camera settings, light, and other factors work together to create an image, so that you can decide how your image should look, not the camera. Your camera is a tool. You’re the photographer. You’re in control if you want to be. If I can find the time, I’ll create a separate series on intermediate photography and dSLR’s (digital Single Lens Reflex cameras), and maybe a third series on how to get the most out of post-processing (basic, advanced and creative).

My goal in this series is to introduce people from ages 3 to 103 to the beautiful, creative art of digital photography. We’re going to have fun here! You’ll learn how to take great pictures, get your creative juices flowing, hopefully be inspired to get out there and shoot, and maybe even have a laugh or three! Share this blog with your kids; they’ll learn how to wow their friends with amazing Facebook and MySpace pictures, and maybe also see that there’s more to life besides texting, YouTube and Wii. I had no idea that I’d develop such a passion for photography until I learned that I have far more control over how my pictures look, and don’t have to just rely on the camera’s “decisions.” I have more fun now than I’d ever imagined! I even love creating artistic versions of some of my images. So join me here regularly. I’ll have a few surprises, answer your questions, share cool tips & techniques, and hopefully inspire you to give photography a try. I don’t know who’s reading this or what your skill level is, so I’ll keep it as basic and plain-language as possible. If I remember, I’ll include a photography glossary to help with some of the “photo lingo.” 🙂

If I can inspire just one person to take it to the next level and make some outstanding, story-telling images, then I’ll consider this series to be a great success!

The Next Generation


~ by Karen Rosenblum on July 1, 2010.

2 Responses to “Add flair to your photos”

  1. this is great! I’ve read 3 of your articles so far (post more! post more!) and have learned alot. My wife and oldest daughter is reading them now too. Your articles are even funny! I’m a happy subscriber. Thanks for the lessons and looking forward to more. There’s alot of information out there online, but yours is somehow refreshing and you don’t plug anything, not even yourself, like so many other “helpful” writers do. Major props for that! 🙂

  2. Once again I’m bowled over. I wish I heard of you before, but at least now I know of you. I hope to get to meet you one of these days soon! Carolyn

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