Here are some of the key topics covered in this chapter:

Cameras don't make great photos. It's the person handling the camera that does.

■ The trick to learning how to create great photos is to start looking at the details, seeing beyond the obvious, and learning to view the world the way professional photographers do.

■ Experiment with the angle of view of your camera in relationship to your subject. Move around, climb, get on the ground. Play with perspective to explore new ways to photograph the same things.

Great photos require an understanding of the qualities of light around you, how colors, patterns, forms, and textures interact, and the use of shadows to add contrast and definition.

Though you can make great photographic compositions without mastering camera technology, the more control you have over your camera's commands, the more masterly your photos can be.

Eye contact, personal (and personable) interaction, and the creative use of light and shadow are elements of great portraiture.

When shooting sports, turn off your flash, be as active as your subjects, track the action, prefocus when you can, and keep clicking away.

For landscapes and landmarks, don't let your pictures look like the millions of others that have been taken of the same (or similar) location. Get off the beaten path, experiment with angles, perspective, and zoom.

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