49 Photo Tips – The Sequel

A while ago, I cobbled together a laundry list of almost 50 photo tips and tricks to help with everything from gear to composition, photoshop, and more.  Given the penchant for sharing these things online, I decided to launch it as an eBook – but in the interests of keeping it simple, didn’t add much of anything.  It was basically a spreadsheet with a category on the left and the tip or trick on the right.  Given the minimal overhead I had put into the design, decided on a bargain basement price – $2.99.  It’s right in there and only runs in the ballpark of a cup of coffee, and easily digestible!

After a few months of feedback and suggestions, it seemed the idea was pretty good, but people wanted examples, or at least something to liven things up a bit – the “spreadsheet style” was a little tedious on the eyes.  So began the latest project for me (as if I don’t have enough projects, according to Tracy)!  Well, after 6 months of blood, sweat and tears, it’s finally here – 49 Tips, The Sequel!

49 Photo Tips - The SequelAll the tips are new, just as useful, and even more in-depth, but here’s the best part – it’s really an eBook now!  With a cover page, a prologue, epilogue and, as you can see, there’s a photo for every tip! Okay, so some are screen captures so technically not photos, but each one gets the point across quite well (I think anyway).  A few of these tips have been shared out via Twitter and Facebook in recent weeks to give everyone a sneak peek of sorts, but it’s “out there” now, and very excited to see what people think.

Enjoy, and we’ll see you back here again next week!  If you stayed on board to the end of this post – it’s also helpful to note that I’ve taken the time to bundle the two eBooks together now too!  You can get both for a combined price of only $10!  Just click the Add to Cart button below!

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49 Photo Tips Cheat Sheet

Post Update! 

The Cheat sheet is now for sale on the eBooks page – and with it comes another 49 Photo Tips, for a grand total of 98 tips and tricks to take your photography to the next level.  Swing by there to check out the entire library of eBooks I have to offer, or just get the combined 98-tip set for only $10 below!

49 Photo Tips, Volumes I and II
The books that started it all! 49 Photo Tips, Volumes I and II! Neatly bundled for a single download: 98 tips on how to improve your craft. Add to Cart


Ok, so this week the schedule is all off kilter, since there was no hardware review and no software review today, so I give up on that.  Instead, today I am sharing (on request) a PDF that I have been been busy compiling of my favorites and some unusual ideas for photography.  Ranging in subject matter from how to improve your composition to gear tips, making money, photo walks, and everything in between, here are 49 Photo Tips – all compiled nice,  neat and easy as a PDF for easy download and reference (top 50 lists are so cliche! 🙂 )!

49 Photo Tips Cheat Sheet

Feel free to download the PDF at your leisure…with just one rule:  help spread the word!  Remember, we learn best by sharing with others, so if you like it – tell your friends, they’ll like you better!  If you have an idea for future inclusion, then tell me!  I am always looking for new ideas, sources of creativity and ways to learn and improve so by all means, let me know if I got something wrong, or if you have an idea to include.

Also, since these are kind of time sensitive, don’t forget about two important events coming up this month:

One other note for today – the podcast that allegedly went live yesterday was a re-broadcast of the previous episode initially.  That has since been corrected, so by all means, download the current episode (#26) today (and tell a friend this too!).  That’s it for the day, so happy shooting, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!

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ETA:  After a friendly post that referred to this months later, I received many emails asking what happened to the link for the PDF article.  I normally delete free downloads after being archived more than 30 days.  So, if you want it for free, the window is 30 days.  After that, content is pulled for future release, usually in an eBook or other web-friendly format, and also usually at minimal charge.  Such was the case here given the demand.  This is now available as an individual download in my online store page for a mere $2.99 – small price to pay for 49 tips and it helps me keep the content running for everyone!  Feel free to purchase your own here: Add to Cart

Back to Basics

Today as I am getting back into the swing of things after a day or so of downtime, I have a couple miscellaneous items that may be of use…  A lot of it is basic stuff, but there is a common thread to it as they all involve some concept of “back”.  So, here is a Friday Foursome of tips to improve your photos.  The theme:  Back to Basics


  1. Back story – provide some background on how you got the shot.  Give it a personal meaning or significance for the viewer.  Often times connections with imagery are because of a personal tie to it – and if you give people a hint of the “who, what, where, when why, how” element of your photos that you share, it can increase the impact.  Just remember, keep back stories short – if it takes two pages to set the stage, the show will almost always disappoint.
  2. Backgrounds – speaking of backgrounds, take a look at the backgrounds in your photos.  Are there any elements there that draw your eye?  If so, that is likely a detractor.  Keep backgrounds simple.  If shooting a lot of family members at a dinner, keep the lower edge of your camera above the table line to avoid the distraction of glasses, plates, food, centerpieces, etc.  Likewise, look where people are.  Is it a crowded subway or is it a meadow of daisies?  Either can serve to enhance or detract from your image because the background can take emphasis away from the subject or it can help focus on your subject.  Generally speaking, the simpler the background, the better the picture!
  3. Backsides – in family or group shot settings, can you see anyone’s backside?  If so, then their face is not likely facing the camera.  We tend to prefer shots of people where we can see their faces, so if you see someone’s backside, hold off on taking that shot – get them to turn around a little.
  4. Backups – It’s been said before, but the importance of backing up your files can never be understated.  When do you backup?  I do it three times – on first import to the computer, after I sort through and delete out unwanted images, and then after I process for print and web.  Typically the latter two will be purged after a month or so of inactivity.  By purge, I mean relegated to the RAID side of the house, rather than the active folder I keep on my desktop.


So, that’s the Back to Basics for Friday.  Any other tips out there I missed where you can incorporate the term “back” into the subject?  I had four, but surely there’s more!  (Heh, if it’s not alliterative, at least it rhymes, right?)  Happy shooting, everyone!  Watch those apertures and we’ll see you back here Monday!


P.S.  Don’t forget about the Photographing Freedom contest now underway here at CB – day 7 of 30!