The camera has come a long way from the optical device it was developed from – the camera obscura, or pinhole camera, which could be a portable box or an entire room! Nowadays, not only can you take a decent picture with your phone, but you can instantly share your captured memories via social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and the increasingly popular Instagram.
Celebrate National Camera Day by taking pictures, of course! Use your digital camera or camera phone or travel back in time and make your own pinhole camera. Capture your family, a beautiful landscape or seascape, portraits of friends or complete strangers (with their permission, of course), close ups of nature, anything you want! Don’t forget to edit your pictures! If you have access to a dark room, take pictures with a 35mm camera and develop your own film.
- From photographing nature, people, and the exotic beauty under the sea to freshening up your point of view and keeping your camera clean, National Geographic’s photo tips will have you taking pictures and taking care of your camera like a pro.
- When it comes to photographing people, photographers are also directors. Learn to direct like a professional photographer with posing tips from Photography Awesomesauce.
- Don’t procrastinate! Photographer Jim Harmer shares The  Photography Tips that 96 Photographers Wish They Would’ve Learned Sooner on Improve Photography to help you avoid making rookie mistakes that will keep your from progressing.
- Interested in food photography? Averie of Averie Cooks shares food photography tips she learned from blogger, food stylist, and professional photographer Diane Cu‘s Food & Light workshop.