TODAY | August 31, 2013
>> here we go.
>> reporter: they say a picture is worth 1,000 words. what if your pictures aren't saying much of anything? so, how many do you have to take before you finally get a winner?
>> 40 shots.
>> doesn't always come out the first try.
>> reporter: it can be challenging. we sought out two expects to get their take on making every picture count. over the past 17 years he's photographed hundreds of couples saying, i do. while colleen makes her living capturing other treasurable moments of children.
>> you need to consider a few things. you need to consider your light around you.
>> reporter: they say shoot away from the sun . that will keep light on the subject, not the camera lens . you want to pay attention to the background.
>> the background behind the subject is interesting and you want to show it off, move the primary subject over. you can see that person and the background.
>> you want to consider your perspective. it's great to get on the floor with children.
>> reporter: as for the most flattering angle.
>> shoot from up down, not down, up.
>> reporter: if you are aiming for the artsy shot, where the background is out of focus, zoom in and step back.
>> when the camera is zoomed in on someone, the fuzzy background gets greater.
>> shift left or right so the subject is just off center will give you that artistic flair. don't forget to use your camera's preset.
>> if you tell it the theme you are doing, it's picking lots of different things to make the decision.
>> remember, practice makes better.
>> you might have competition. i'm getting good.
>> pair that with patience and capturing life's precious moments can be as easy as --
>> one, two, three.
>> for today, new york.