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Aloha, chances are you saw me at a craft fair or under the Banyon Tree in Lahaina and maybe purchased some of my work. A big mahalo to the supporters who have allowed me to pursue my passion and develop my talent.

You can reach me at JohnOLearyPhoto@Gmail.com

I'm going to share my secrets on how to take a good photo. Just some of
the key ingredients and recipe for composing the shot.

1) Focus subject matter... This is the ultimate rule. You can crop, you
can add light, you can darken, but you can't make a blurry object crisp.
And if you can, it'll take way too much time and effort, and I don't even
know if that is possible yet.

2) Lighting.. if you combine this with a focused shot, already you have a picture
that can sell. Use your imagination. If the picture looks like what you saw in person then chances are, it will have a relatability factor with the crowd.

3) Proximity - Avoid distracting backgrounds. Avoid telephone wires, avoid cars,
and try to get close to the subject. (Not always, just a rule I like of course)

4) Straightness! Keep your horizon Straight! Our eyes like a 180 degree
shot on the horizon. (of course artsy fartsy pics dont need to follow this)

5) Focus again.. I can't even think of anymore.. Just focus, focus focus.
everyone asks me why or how I get my pics so focused.. So I know this
has a huge appeal, and it is what is going through my mind when I shoot.
I can't even emphasize the disappointment when I get home and find out
a great or awesome shot turns out to be slightly blurred. So take a ton of
pics to get that one!

Galleries

Kauai

Updated: Aug 08, 2014 1:14pm PST

Hana

Updated: Jul 27, 2014 12:33am PST

Weird Waves

Updated: Jul 16, 2014 1:57am PST

New Nikon

Updated: Jul 12, 2014 10:11pm PST

Kaanapali

Updated: Jul 12, 2014 2:34am PST

Favorites 2014

Updated: Jul 12, 2014 2:23am PST

Sunset2

Updated: Jul 12, 2014 2:19am PST

Awesome Waves

Updated: Jul 09, 2014 2:22am PST

Palm Trees of Maui

Updated: Jun 11, 2014 2:28pm PST

Eyes

Updated: Dec 23, 2013 1:23am PST

Australia and Asia

Updated: Dec 22, 2013 11:40pm PST

Clown Fish

Updated: Dec 22, 2013 11:39pm PST

Ichthyology

Updated: Dec 22, 2013 7:19pm PST

REEF

Updated: Dec 20, 2013 1:57am PST

Personal Favorites

Updated: Oct 25, 2013 3:37am PST

Butterflies and Friends

Updated: Jul 26, 2013 4:58am PST

Around the World

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 5:47am PST

Whales

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 5:16am PST

Ocean Scenes

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 5:04am PST

Waves

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 5:03am PST

Awesome Animals

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 5:02am PST

Trees

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 5:00am PST

Flowers

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 4:59am PST

Plants

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 4:59am PST

Fish Bowl

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 3:31am PST

Rainbows

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 3:12am PST

Waterfalls

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 1:51am PST

Turtles

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 12:45am PST

Fish Faces

Updated: Jul 10, 2013 12:36am PST