Ok I am by no means a professional photographer but some of the pictures I see on here are horrific at best. So I thought I would make a simple guide on how to take a decent picture with some ideas and thoughts that would help us all. This tutorial will consider you are using just a point and shoot camera no f stops, etc well go off this being completely on auto. RULE #1 quit being lazy and at least crop your picture, some of us do visit the site on mobile phones and to have to wait 14 mins for your 100 meg 9000x8400 pixel image to show up is ridiculous. I find that 800x600 is more then big enough for forums if you want to keep a higher resolution picture for your own thats fine. Ok now with that out of the way, the best thing you can do if your going to take a good picture is to think of a good background. Since most of our guitar shots usually just have part of the guitar in the picture the background can really make a guitar stand out. Think of cool locations, most of us drive while your driving scout cool locations, a park, a weathered picnic table, maybe a funky wall, use these for your pictures. Example 1, in this picture the guitar is quite busy, its a swirl I painted, I wanted to make the colors pop so I found a nice wall, and moved a bunch of leaves from the ground in front of the wall. Creating a nice orange that contrasts and makes the blues pop like crazy. Example 2, is of a headstock, notice the stew mac catalog makes a great background LOL Example 3, is of a Ibanez I painted, this wall had some cool dark colors going on making the green leap off the screen. Next thing I see all the time here is people taking pictures with a flash, DO NOT use a flash it ruins the photo. The best time to take a picture is during the day obviously, not a bright sunny day, but a good overcast day is ideal. The reason a overcast day is better is the clouds act like one giant diffuser. This will eliminate lots of glares etc. Example 4 is a picture taken on my back deck, I used this background because the darker reds of the deck made the bright red of the guitar stand out more and also gives it a rustic feel since the guitar was lightly aged. If you are forced to take a picture in bright sunlight on a clear day then try to find a spot that has a cool background, but also will provide some shade. Another thing you want to keep in mind is angles we will touch on that more later. Here I found a spot under a tree next to a fence, the darkness of the shade makes the white of the guitar go crazy which provided me with a cool contrast. Ok so you dont want to go outside because your a hermit and cant stand being away from your guitars haha, you can take nice pictures inside as well. Find a cool background as always in this case I bought this $5 bamboo door curtain thingy at the local supermarket. Lay this on the floor and boom your boring picture of your carpet now looks 100x nicer. Get close to a window but not close enough that your going to get to much light again we need just enough to light up the picture. Ok next were going to talk about framing and angles, these are your best friend for taking nice shots of your guitars or in general for that matter. Most people usually just take straight on shots, or the guitar is always centered. Have the guitar off center will instantly give you a nicer looking photo, shooting at angles can also reduce glares, reflections, etc. Here are a few photos showing angles, off center shots, etc. Ok now we got some basics under our belts lets talk about close ups. I see so many people try to take detail pictures only to have them blurry etc. Almost all point and shoot cameras have a macro mode, some better then others but 90% of them have it. USE IT.. Its the little flower looking icon on your selector. Now with the right setting we can take some nice close ups, again backgrounds, framing, angles, lighting from above all come into play if you want a good looking picture. Here we have a bridge on carpet floor, pretty boring Here is a group of examples taken in macro mode with better backgrounds, lighting, framing, angles, etc. Notice how these all pop more, how they seem to be better pictures? Its really just about taking a few minutes, finding the right spot and lighting, locating or setting up a cool background, and taking your time. Hope this really helps some of you, because I see so many beautiful guitars with just God awful pics. It will also help you sell your gear since buyers only have your pictures to decide. Enjoy Brett "ibanezcollector"