Digital Photography 101

August is now coming to a close and for those of us in the South, it means that cooler temperatures are finally drawing near.

As my photography business grows, I have a lot of people ask me for tips and tricks.  Although I do not give them all away, for I’d soon be out of a job, I do have some that I can portray through some of  my summer photo shoots!


Of course, my number one piece of advice is to NOT own a DSLR without knowing the basics of how to use it!  Do you always shoot on Automatic? Shame on you!  Take a class ~ Read your Manual!   Learn how to use your camera. Teach yourself the basics of ISO, Shutter speed and F-Stops.  Your life, and your photography, will forever change!


The sun can be your best, and worst, enemy.  Know how to use the sun.  The best way to do this is to play with your lens and the sun.  The worst time of day to shoot pictures is when the sun is the highest and hottest!  Try to take pictures early in the morning (before 10) or after the sun starts to set ~ around 630 or later.  In this image, it was roughly around 8:00 p.m. and the sun was setting.


It may be bulky and cumbersome at times, but how many times have you been in a situation where you would just LOVE to have had your camera??  Carry it wherever you go and you can capture great fun-loving shots like these!


Of course photography is a world of education, innovation and a clever eye!  This is only a small snippet of inspiration with more to come!


Melanie is the owner of Melanie Melugin Photography, LLC based out of North Dallas. She is a natural light outdoor lifestyle photographer that has a wide variety of clients ranging from newborn and children to celebrity and weddings.  She travels the country capturing lifestyle portraiture and was recently featured on for her newborn photography.

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  1. 1

    Which DSLR camera do you suggest for a newbie?

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    Good tips! Thanks for sharing

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    Well, I’m partial to Nikon cameras, but Canon and Pentax are also great cameras. I started with a D80, which is now discontinued. As a beginner, I’d start with anything from a D60-D90. I actually still use my D80 for my professional photography while I save to upgrade. You don’t need all the bells and whistles, so I’d start with that ~ TAKE A CLASS ~ and go from there!!! Thanks for the question~

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    Jessica Beard says:

    Great tips! I try to carry my camera often, because you never know when you will need it.

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    Jessica Beard says:

    I love the suggestion of following the sun.

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