How do I take photographs? When invited to judge not one but two photo-competitions and come up with some ‘Top Tips’ to guide participants, I suddenly had ask myself that question and take a detailed look at how I think and what I actually do to try and capture good images. It’s been both fascinating and fun to pinpoint the thoughts and techniques that I’ve been instinctively using for many years. Turns out that there’s no magic formula, of course, just a series of general principles that might be useful to keep in mind, whatever you are photographing. So here’s what I came up with for those snapping away at either horses or Kiwiana to enter Foremost Currency’s two very different photo-competitions. The only thing I haven’t been able to convey is that wonderful buzz you get in the solar plexus when you know you’ve got that perfect shot.