Spring into Action: Your Photo Tips!

TGIF y’all!

It’s been a great week with lots of activity in our Flickr group, the forums and especially on Twitter under #SITSpics! As usual, The SITS Community blows me away with its exceptional bloggers. I’ve had so much fun reading through your photo tips and looking at your shots!

A lot of information has been presented this week. Today we’re going to briefly review and share some great examples and articles contributed by the community. There’s also a challenge for the weekend which will give you an opportunity to complete the photo and blogging challenges if you haven’t already. There’s no time limit, so don’t feel rushed!

Day 1: Composition & Perspective

We went over composition and perspective and issued a challenge to take at least 20 shots with varying compositions and perspectives! Here’s some of what you came up with!

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Photo Credits: (Left) Heather at In the Land of Mom. (Right) Sarah at It’s Better Every Day.

Day 2: Photo Editing & Collages

We covered that photo editing includes selecting your best shots and discarding the rest, then went over some free online photo editing and collage resources. Then we asked you to take a stab at editing your shots and including them in a post.


Photo Credit: Hannah at bubbleboo Photography

Day 3: Lighting

This is one of the most difficult aspects of photography, so we went over some free and easy photo tips to make the most out of indoor and outdoor lighting, then challenged you to find the best lighting in and around your home!

It's Orange. I Found It.

Photo Credit: Cecily at My Chaos My Bliss

Day 4: Social Networking Tips

We went over some ways to use Flickr and Twitter to promote your blog and improve your photography. Your challenge is to write a post about one of your favorite uses of social networking. I’m going to continue collecting ALL of your submissions to categorize and present in a forum post for your reference, so please continue to submit those articles on the forum or on Twitter using #SITSpics!

Coming Up…

Next week we’re going to cover Repetition, Lines, Black and White and Color photo tips. In blogging tips, we’ll go over some easy ways to style your photos, what you need to know about image SEO and what steps you can take to protect your photos online.

Again, keep the great links coming! You can jump into the challenge at any time!

A Day in the Life Challenge!

This is a creative challenge for which you can utilize everything you’ve learned so far about composition, perspective and lighting!

Document a day in the life with photographs. From the top of the morning until the wee hours of night, take pictures throughout the day. Your DitL can center around your blog’s niche and doesn’t have to be personal in nature. A fashion blog might do a day in the life of a shoe or handbag while a food blog might try a day in the life of a stove or refrigerator.

You don’t need to use the photos all together in an entry, but you will probably find one or two that will work well for future blog posts!

Link up or share your experience documenting a day in the life on our forums! You can also share your photos in our Flickr group or Tweet about your experience using #SITSpics!

As an example, here’s a day in the life I did recently.

Have fun and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

About Lynda Giddens

Lynda is a blogger of 12 years and a self-taught amateur photographer living in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and two young sons. Be inspired to learn more about photography on her blog, Daily Window. Follow her on Twitter, Flickr or Facebook!
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  1. says

    Just posed this Challenge Day….a little behind but catching up. I’m having trouble with Flickr sending photos to Blogger. Go to my site if you have a moment and you’ll see what I mean.
    Thanks. Day 1 is the one I’m having issues with. I am posting out of order…yes I am.

  2. says

    I am so impressed with the talent that is showing up with this series!! WOW!

    Looking forward to catching up on the challenge and really looking forward to the Day in a Life….

  3. says

    I’m loving all these photography tips. I’m glad they are general make anyone a better photographer tips that aren’t dependent on having. DSLR because I’m quite happy with my point and shoot for now.
    Looking forward to the Day in the Life challenge.

  4. says

    I am beyond honored to be mentioned here. Thank you so much! I love this photo challenge, it is definitely helping and pushing me to become a better photographer!
    Thanks again!

    • says

      Oops! I accidentally posted a comment with my OLD blog. Silly computer!

      But the fact remains: I am thrilled to have been mentioned and appreciate this opportunity to make my photos better!

  5. says

    This has been a great series and I have learned a lot. I was so very honored to have one of my pictures used for today’s post.

  6. says

    Absolutely in love with this series!! I’m about a day behind but I’ll catch up this weekend, and I can’t wait to do the DITL challenge!

  7. says

    I would Love to be able to capture such beautiful moments with my camera. Alas, my cam-cam (as Bell says) is so old, there is not much I can do.

  8. says

    Great wrap up of the week. I am excited for the challenge. I am going on a trip to Portland tomorrow to see Dave Ramsey Live and this a post of the day with a lot of pictures will be perfect! Thanks for showing one of my pics!

  9. says

    This challenge has been such fun so far. I have seen some really terrific photos – great job everyone!

    P.S. – thanks for the mention. 😉


  10. says

    I am loving this series – even though I do need to catch up! But I love the community spirit of it and how everyone encourages each other :)

    And I can’t tell you how excited I was to see my picture in this post. I may even have *squeed* a little bit. Maybe.