What Makes a Good Photo Great?

If you’re someone who wants to take their photography to the next level, you can take classes or read books and articles like this one from LIFE.com that gives you useful and practical tips. LIFE has gathered some great advice from professional shooters, passionate aficionados, and LIFE editors so that photographers at practically any skill level can learn how to take their best shot.

From the basics like lighting and composition to taking the best portrait or travel picture possible, scroll through their galleries to learn a little something today.

Look for New Environments, Mix People Up
“LIFE.com asked professional photographer Tyler Stalman to offer insights on the art of portraiture — or how to take pictures of people that really feel alive. Of this classic LIFE photograph by John Loengard of the Beatles in a pool in Miami, Stalman says: ‘Most people, when taking group shots, want to line everybody up — even putting them in rows — but when you have a bunch of people it’s great to put them in a new or unexpected environment. Like this Loengard photo: you get all this extra depth in the picture, and there’s so much going on at once. Don’t be afraid to shuffle people around when you’re doing a group shot.'”


December 4, 2016

Adventure Photographer Swims With Millions of Jellyfish

Ever wonder what it would be like to swim with jellyfish? Travel and adventure photographer Kien Lam fulfilled this fantasy by flying across the globe to Jellyfish Lake in Micronesia. Anyone who has been stung by a jellyfish can attest—it’s not a pleasant experience. But Jellyfish Lake in Palau is filled with millions of jellyfish that have evolved in a way that makes it safe for humans to swim in the same waters.

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December 3, 2016

Adventurous Photographer Treks to Remote Buddhist Village Before It Disappears

If you’re unfamiliar with Larung Gar, it may be because the small, remote town located in a far-flung corner of China has largely stayed out of the tourism spotlight. It is, however, a cultural and historical Tibetan treasure that has been undergoing tremendous changes in the past few decades, particularly in the midst of global controversy between Tibet and China.

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