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How to take a great photo: Expert tips from Newsday's photo editors

A 3,450-pound great white shark nicknamed

A 3,450-pound great white shark nicknamed "Big Guy" was landed by Montauk's famous skipper Frank Mundus, right, and Donnie Braddick, on Aug. 7, 1986. Mundus, nicknamed “Monster Man,” had a life that was said to have inspired the movie “Jaws” and its Captain Quint. Mundus died in 2008 at 82 of complications from a heart attack he had just after he returned to his Hawaii home from a fishing trip in Montauk. Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus

With #WorldPhotographyDay leading the Twitter trending tags on Aug. 19, 2015, Newsday photo editors decided to share a few quick tips on how amateur photographers can take some great images themselves.

First, hold your camera the correct way.

This is really simple. Some of the common problems with beginner photographers is "camera shake," which causes blurry or out-of-focus photographs. An easy remedy is to brace your elbow against your chest. This will make you and your camera more stable.

Next, pay attention to composition.

This is probably one of the most important things to taking better photographs. Make sure that you notice what is in the foreground and the background. Always look at what is behind the subject. For example: Don't have trees or other objects poking out from people's heads. This will tremendously improve your photographs. Also, look for shadows and make sure that the sun is behind you and not behind the subject.

Now for the "The Rule of Thirds."

This is easy to accomplish. Basically, the photographer divides the image into nine equal squares. The main subject should always be in (or close to) the center of the photograph. That is where your eye is drawn when you look at an image and it's key to creating some great photographs.

At Newsday, we are dedicated to producing excellent images that inform, delight and move our readers. Above all, these past and current photographs help tell stories.

We hope these tips help you to tell your family's story, with snapshots of the compelling moments that catch your eye.


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