To get the best images, study your subject matter, and find what inspires you about it. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Action- Capture peak action or express movement in your photo.

Animals- Study the animals behavior and anticipate their movements, also think ahead about what you want your photo to say about your subject.

Architecture- Look for buildings with character, and interesting details for close-up images.

Landscapes- Zero in on what about the scene caught your attention.

People- Pay close attention to the face and study the expressions.

For more tips on capturing inspiring photos check out Photos that Inspire by Lynn Eodice (Wiley, 2007, $30)

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger