1. Find the best light. Dawn and dusk have warm colors and side light. However, if animals, flowers, nature or people are your subject, cloudy days are great since the light is soft and gentle without harsh contrast.
2. Look for interesting compositions. Winding roads, fences that transect or meandering streams add to the depth of the photo. Avoid signs, works, large white or red zones that will distract the eye.
3. Capture Backlight Silhouettes. Look for a subject that clearly will stand out against the sky and be recognizable as a silhouette.
4. Look and Observe before Shooting. Zoom with your feet; position yourself up or down looking for the right vantage point. Look for obstructions in the way and avoid telephone poles or such appearing to grow out of your subject.
5. Be patient and have attention to detail. Look for an image that you see in your mind's eye to represent an impression of what your felt. Not just fly by shooting. You are a photographer!
6. Remember, you need a foreground, mid-ground and background. All three zones need to be acknowledged in creating your image.
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