they're more like guidelines, really
I just wanted to post a few of my thoughts about photography and the weekly tips.
#1. The weekly tips are not directed at anyone. They are just there if you want them. Kind of like advice - free, and you don't have to take it. :)
#2. I have seen stunning images taken on totally non-fancy cameras. The best photo tip anyone can ever give is this: know your camera.
You don't need a DSLR with different lenses to get beautiful photos. You just need to know what your camera can do, and what you can do with it.
#3. I would love it if the tips came from you guys. Send 'em in! You don't have to have 'could be better' and 'how to fix' photos for examples if you don't want to. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I visit every member's blog every week. (It's a lot, I know.) I can say, with 100 percent confidence, this is an EXTREMELY talented group. As an example, for the silhouette shoot out, there were several silhouettes in the center of frame, and it worked. They were beautiful photos, that actively engaged the eye. This totally blows 'rule of thirds' out the window. Remember - your eye knows best.
I'll be around on Sunday, looking for the spotlight photos for Sunrise/Sunset.