Dear Amy: Where can I learn to take better pictures and edit them so they look good? — James, Seattle
Dear James: Photography is a great hobby for beginners and experts alike. All you need is a camera and a little artistic vision. Beginning photographers might find it helpful to take a class to learn some skills, but you can also learn just from practicing. Take lots of pictures and see which ones look the best. Did you do anything special such as shoot from an interesting angle?
You can also find great photography ideas online at BetterPhoto for Young Adults, www.betterphoto.com/photography-for-kids.asp. First, check out the Top Ten Photography Tips. Then get tips for specific situations, like shooting a family portrait or taking vacation photos. You can also visit virtual photo galleries to get inspiration for your own photos.
Ready to edit your masterpiece? Picnik, www.picnik.com, is a free photo-editing site that makes it easy to fix photo flaws and decorate with special effects. You can also make collages and slideshows to share with your friends. If you prefer to download editing software, Picasa is a great free option at http://picasa.google.com. Have fun!
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