Skill of the Month: Taking Better Pictures

A quick diversion from the Derbycentric postings: It’s 1 May! I am still utterly committed to self-improvement. April went pretty well! I can now top off the fluids, add air to my tires, and understand the basic mechanics of changing a tire.

This month, I want to learn to take better photos. I have a copy of Food Styling, which should help, but do any of you have pointers? I need a heap of help. This is probably the only good photo I’ve ever taken:

Mr. Cook, a 4th-generation sweet potato farmer, and the subject of a little chapbook I wrote.

Mr. Cook, a 4th-generation sweet potato farmer, and the subject of a little chapbook I wrote.

I took this for a documentary photography class I took in graduate school, but I otherwise have zero training. Who wants to help?

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