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Practical Exercises [Coming Soon]

As you become more familiar with taking everyday photos, you can start to work on the quality of your photos by learning and applying the following principles.  These are simple tips designed to help you become aware of other principles that apply to photography.  

  • Start Where You Are
  • Observe
  • Shoot What It Feels Like
  • Idea Starters
  • Shooting for Instagram
  • Shoot a Photo Essay
  • 5 Object, 5 Stories
  • Shape
  • Story Structure
  • Stories Within Stories
  • Moments
  • Linger Longer

Photos & The Stories Behind Them [Coming Soon]

  • The Great Fire
  • The Story of Mitch & Photos
  • Coloring
  • Serendipity
  • Little Signatures
  • Mother & Son
  • Playground
  • Stumble
  • Christmas Memories
  • On Life & Dying
  • The Shadow of Death Looming
  • Wishing It Weren't SO

Getting Started

Welcome to The Basics of Everyday Photos.  In this short tutorial, you will receive a few simple steps that will help you take better everyday photos.  The key concepts I want you to understand are:

  1. Any camera will do. (You don't need a nice camera.)
  2. Limit interruptions.  (This is important.  If you wan't to take natural, authentic photos, don't draw attention to yourself.)
  3. Capture life in motion. (Some tips on getting out of the way and letting life happen.)
  4. Embrace imperfections.  (Don't worry about taking the perfect photo.  Just take photos.)
  5. Keep it simple.  (Don't worry about shooting elaborate things.  The best things are simple things.)

At the end of the day, my hope is that you'll find new inspiration, ideas and techniques to capture your own life.  Remember that the photos you take are more important than the camera you shoot with.  Any photo is better than no photo.

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For this course, I'm going to provide some visuals or videos, stories and tips for you to consider.  Then, each step (or task) will have a challenge for you to apply the principle just discussed.