In part 1 of this article, we looked at some simple tips to help you take fantastic shots with your ordinary point and shoot camera. Today, we’ve got some more ideas for getting the best pictures of the great outdoors.

Follow composition rules – but also break them!

Most of us have probably heard of the Rule of Thirds: draw an imaginary grid of two horizontal and two vertical lines on your image, and try to place the focal point on one of the intersections. That’s a good starting point, but remember, rules are made to be broken! Try centering your focal point as well. One thing I try to do when framing my photo in the camera’s viewfinder is to allow enough space around the edges for cropping later, so I can change it if I decide the photo would be stronger by moving the focal point.

Find interesting subjects everywhere

Look for subjects all around you to photograph. For example, a rock by itself might seem uninteresting, but what if you used a group of rocks to frame your subject? Practice thinking about how to turn elements of the world around you into interesting photos. Doing this will help you see things with the eye of a photographer.

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Put your own spin on your work

While learning from other people’s work is a great way to improve your skills, don’t always try to copy their work. Make your photos your own by switching things up a bit. For example, look for unusual angles to shoot from – try shooting from high up or low down, or through some plants to frame your work.

And finally, remember to enjoy yourself! You’ll find yourself much more motivated to continue learning and improving if you’re having fun along the way!

~ Rachel Van Tuyl