So you’ve just picked up your first SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera. You have read the manual and surfed a few websites, and now you’re finally ready to get out there and shoot some Pulitzer-grade photography. Right? Sure! But before you take off with camera in hand, take a moment to read over these five tips so you can help your images go from great to fabulous.

Let’s just say that the 7D is in a whole other family in spite of the image sensor similarity. It is more for semi-pros and pros, as shown by those who buy it. We will shelve that discussion for another article and concentrate on the two cameras in question here.

Play with the idea of depth of field and aperture. Most photograph place their object in the center of their composition and have their background look blurry. Reverse this convention and blur your object to focus on your background. You can also play with the placement of your object in the picture.

The first thing you would have to do when venturing into a modeling career is to get some professional pictures taken of you. This can be done at a Look at my boards studio. The purpose of this is so that you can start an amateur portfolio of yourself. Picture taken at a studio will look much more professional than pictures you could take for yourself. Keep in mind that this portfolio is to sell you so that you can be signed up by an agency. As you move further in your career, your portfolio will be made up of pictures taken for work you have been contracted.

To create a dramatic, inexpensive change to your home, paint the walls a new color or buy new curtains. Keep in mind the moods that colors inspiration for photography can create.

(2.) Consider your home’s design and style. Of course, you would not want a Modern-inspired landscape on an retro-styled house. Go with the style of your home as much as possible. If you’d like to incorporate something unique, it is best to stick with a neutral theme that goes with every fashion and design.

RAJEEV: I wanted to be a writer, but like Mohan Rakesh I thought too much and wrote too little. That is too say I was more a reader then a writer, more academician then poet. I got very interested in semiology and structuralism (the study of how language encodes ideas). Initially I studied how the spoken and written language worked, but then became more interested in how codes worked in other languages, like the language of film. My interest in film language led me in a rather convoluted way to cinematography.

If you’ve said yes to all of the above – If you said yes to all of the above, then there is one last question: do you want to be in the photos? If so, then you need the technical capability and all is good. Otherwise, what you are really looking for is a professional. Do not worry! Even in relatively expensive locations such as New York, Los Angeles, or Tampa, there are always professional photographers willing to take amazing senior photos to fill those albums. A few dollars saved in return for fuzzy pictures that equate to poor recollections of the good times may not be a good decision.