PHOTO TIP- Rule of Thirds

When starting out in photography a common mistake people often make is that after they find a subject they place it in the center of the picture. This is usually not the most pleasing composition. In photography their is a golden rule of sorts called the “rule of thirds”. I frequently use this in my photography which you can view here. Try to imagine if you will putting two vertical and two horizontal lines across a picture like a tic-tac-toe pattern. If you placed the subject at any of the four intersecting lines much of the time it would be a much more attractive image.

You can sometimes apply this grid to your camera in the menu. Some smartphones also have this available option. On the iPhone iOS 7 for instance simply go to settings>photos & camera and scroll down to Grid and turn it on.
Below is an image that I took from Wikipedia to visualize this better. Click on the link below see it with the grid applied.



Are you interested in starting photography?


Are you interested in taking up photography? I must warn you it can become addictive! There are so many ways to use your photos today. Whether it’s just for fun on Facebook or Instagram or you really enjoy it and want to improve your skills.

Just like anything that you want to get good at you need to follow the old adage of practice, practice, practice. I once heard a quote from someone that said, “The first 10,000 pictures are the hardest”. The point is after awhile you will see what you are drawn to and what you seem to be the best at. Just keep at it! The more pictures you take the more you will understand the kind of photos that you really enjoy shooting the most. When I first started out I didn’t know what I enjoyed. I took a picture of everything that caught my eye. There were portraits, children and families, there were flowers, landscapes, seascapes, close-ups and still-lifes. After awhile I began to gravitate toward landscapes. I loved the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. But then I wanted to move on the something else so I began to explores new places and things to shoot.

When went to Florida as we quite often did because we had a small doublewide mobile home that we rented out in the winter and went down their mostly in the Spring and Fall. I really miss it now and sorry we sold it.  It was there that I began my love affair with birds. They have a wonderful wildlife refuge on beautiful Sanibel Island. There were so many unusual and exotic birds that I had never seen before. The nicest part is that they were used to people staring at them that they didn’t fly away as birds in nature usually do. I was able to take photograph after photograph of them. Sometimes I even hoped that they would fly away so I could  catch them in flight. Well maybe I have inspired you to get out your camera and just take some pictures or begin a whole new hobby.

First Day of Fall

What a beautiful time of the year. The beautiful colors of fall inspire even novices to get out their cameras -whether it’s a smartphone, iPad, or a fancier DSLR to start snapping the various colors of fall all around them. Get out and about and be inspired by Creations varied palette.

This is also a first for me as I begin a blog. I will be sharing random stories of my journey with photography and the vacation spots that it has lead me to-I should say we as my protective husband traipses around with me. He doesn’t like me to go out on a shoot by myself with my expensive gear in tow. For some reason when I have my tripod and camera set up and am shooting it seems to invite complete strangers to stop and start a conversation. I have been high on a skybridge in Florida before sunrise and I’m engaged talking to anyone from another photographer to “joeblow” who is on vacation and out for an early morning walk. (Sometimes it is rather frustrating as I’m thinking I didn’t leave my nice comfortable bed, drag all of this equipment out here to talk. I want to look around, get ideas of the best places to stand, concentrate on the light, my camera settings, and take pictures). But on the other hand I’ve met some amazing, friendly, informative, interesting people.

I will also post photo tips from time to time with various things I have learned along the way.

Me & My Camera

My Nikon and favorite lens a 70-200mm 2.8. This is a great go-to lens that beautifully captures your images with sharp, detailed focus or a nice, soft blurred background. It is considered a fast lens that can capture that flying bird or shoot in low-light conditions. I take my tripod nearly everywhere as it gives me the sharpest photos possible. This lens is also heavy and after awhile of shooting it is great to just click, click, click that cable release without hand fatigue. Landscapes and Wildlife are my favorite type of photography. See my photo gallery at