In my photography experience there is always a big emphasis on light. How the light of the picture depicts a desired mood and how it brings attention to certain object. When taking a picture of something consider how the light is falling on the object. Consider how you can adjust your settings to adjust for it appropriately. Below are some examples:
Would you believe that this picture was taken with a large window in the background? I love bright simple backgrounds. The trick here is to set your exposure high so you can still see the flower detail and no detail in the background. I also had a large white board in front of the flowers to reflect light back toward them helping to bring out detail.
Find an odd light source. This was taken in a children’s museum. The area was not well lit except for this light table and luckily enough at the time my little boy happened to be small enough to place on top. With him leaning over the light lit up his face beautifully.
Use light to bring attention to a subject. If I just took a picture of this monkey against the wall you would probably be pretty bored with the photograph. Instead I adjusted the blinds so only a few slats were opened to shine light right across the monkey and make it stand out in the picture.
I cannot say it better than that. What do you look for when taking a snap shot?
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